French and Riviera News Friday 22nd May 2020

Glider Pilot injured in emergency landing - The pilot of a glider has been seriously injured after landing at the aerodrome of Barcelonnette-Saint-Pon in the Alpes de Haute Provence.

The 57 years old pilot made an emergency landing on Thursday afternoon, missing the runway and the aircraft ended up on its roof. Emergency services intervened and the pilot was taken to hospital in Marseille. An investigation has been opened to determine the circumstances of the accident.

Homeless person dies - A homeless person, well known to the locals of Cagnes-sur-Mer, has died on the main road near the racecourse in Cagnes sur mer.

A passerby alerted emergency services after seeing that the 49-year-old homeless woman was in a state of distress. Unable to save the victim police have opened an investigation to determine the cause of death.

Local businesses in Nice support the proposal of postponing the summer sales - Local businesses in Nice have supported the mayor’s proposal of postponing the summer sales until the end of July. Chrisitian Estrosi put the proposal to France’s Minister of Economy and Finance in an attempt to help small businesses.

An environmental health solution for getting rid of masks - A company in the Bouches-du-Rhône has invented a device for used masks.  Now part of our daily lives, protective masks and gloves against Covid-19 are used and discarded every day. The device offers an environmental health solution to put an end to masks being dumped in the street, as is the case in several cities, towns and villages across France.

According to the inventor, the machine makes it possible, to disinfect the material “destroying 98% of viruses and bacteria”.

The machine could be marketed soon with several companies, communities and airports already expressing an interest. It would cost around 490 euros to purchase a machine, or 40 euros per month to rent, with each one able to process up to 300 masks and gloves.

Local elections - The second round of local elections in France looks set to take place on June 28th. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe will make an announcement later today confirming the date. The elections will, however, only take place depending on the development of the coronavirus epidemic and the advice of the scientific council.

To date the scientific council has been in favour of the local elections taking place provided that a series of health measure are put in place.

Meanwhile, while some local candidates are in favour of holding the local elections, in order for important decisions on health, transport and education to be made by local councils others, say it as impossible to carry out a “democratic campaign with candidates unable to hold public meetings and meet with their electors due to the health crisis”.

Investigation into care homes - French prosecutors have opened an investigation into five care homes for health violations after complaints by families about the treatment of elderly residents during the coronavirus outbreak.

The investigation was launched after several families filed complaints about the treatment provided to their loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic after four elderly residents died in care.

G7 meeting in June - As President Trump considers gathering world leaders at Camp David for a G7 summit in June, French President Macron has said “he is willing to attend the meeting, should health conditions allow”.

President Donald Trump is “considering re-scheduling the G7” meeting around 10-12 June in “Washington DC, at the legendary Camp David”. The United States currently holds the presidency of the group of the seven industrialised nations which includes France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada and Japan.



Nearly a quarter of the US workforce has now filed for unemployment since the start of the coronavirus pandemic with an extra 2.4 million Americans seeking benefits last week.

Weekly figures have been declining since peaking at the end of March but remain high with some 38.6 million now out of work.

Earlier this week ,the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned that the economy risked “permanent damage” if lockdowns continued.

Most states are now in the process of easing stay at home restrictions amid concerns that cases of the virus will start to increase again if people don’t observe social distancing advice.

A recent study has suggested that 40 percent of the recent pandemic job cuts are likely to be permanent.

Employers cut more than 20 million jobs last month sending the official unemployment rate to 14.7 percent.


Hewlett Packard has set out plans to save at least 1 billion dollars by 2022 and cut the base salaries of top executives by 25 percent.

The moves are part of the software maker’s attempts to weather the coronavirus pandemic and come after the firm missed second quarter revenue and profit estimates.

Hewlett Packard shares fell by 6 percent in after hours trading and are down by 35 percent so far this year.

The firm is to focus on investments and realign its workforce to evolve with its supply chain and real estate strategies.

The firm has shifted many employees to home working with suggestions that 50 percent of them may never return to offices.


And-Easyjet says that it will resume some flights in June where passengers will be required to wear masks.

The airline said that a small number of routes where there is passenger demand will resume and will initially focus on domestic flights in the UK and France.

Passengers will be expected to provide their own face mask and crew will also be required to wear one.

From mid-June ,Easyjet says that it will operate some 189 flights per week.The only international flight will be between London Gatwick and Nice.


Football-Manchester United say that the coronavirus pandemic has cost the club 28 million pounds so far and that it expects the final figure to be much higher.

The Premier League giants will hand 20 million pounds back to TV broadcasters even if the season is completed and lost an additional 8 million pounds in revenue when they had three matches postponed.

The club said that sponsorship revenues had contracted and that retail sales had also been impacted.


Rugby Union-Two English Premiership bosses have warned that players will need two months to properly prepare for a full return to action.

Geordan Murphy of Leicester says that union’s physicality means that players will have to “ramp up” training while Pat Lam at Bristol  says that players will have to hit the ground running and that there will be no excuse for “rustiness” when they return to training.

Premiership Rugby is hoping to restart the season in July with clubs still waiting for the go-ahead to resume training.


Cricket-There have been suggestions that Australia could send a white ball men’s team to England for a one day series in September.

England bowlers returned to individual training on Thursday and the rest of the squad will resume training on the 1st of June.

It’s expected that the entire Test and one day schedule could yet be held with West Indies and Pakistan lined up for behind closed doors fixtures from the 8th of July.

Australia had been due to play three T20’s and 3 one day internationals in July and those games could be rescheduled for September.



Fine in coastal areas, occasional showers inland this afternoon and light variable winds.

Top temperatures 24-26 degrees.

Overnight lows of 17 degrees with clear skies.

The weekend-Mainly fine with highs of 24-27 degrees.

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