French and Riviera News Friday 27th May 2022


HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco - HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco has written to US President Joe Biden regarding the school shooting in Texas in which nineteen young children and two teachers lost their lives. The Prince said that he learned about the shooting with immense emotion and sadness. He said that in the name of his family and of the people of Monaco, he wished to convey his deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and assured President Biden of profound solidarity.

Fatal road accident - An 18-year-old boy has died in a road accident in Grimaud in the Var. The accident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning on the RD14 when the student’s car reportedly left the road and ended up on its roof. Three other people were in the vehicle at the time. Police have opened an investigation to determine the exact circumstances.

Collision in Le Muy - Meanwhile traffic has been heavily disrupted in Le Muy after two vehicles collided on Thursday shortly after midday. Three people were involved in the accident and were airlifted to hospital suffering serious injuries.

Ferrero France apologises - The general manager of Ferrero France Nicolas Neykov has apologised following the salmonella health scandal which recently affected one of the company’s star products the “kinder egg”. 81 children fell ill in France, 22 of whom were hospitalised. Speaking to French media Neykov admitted that what had happened was “not acceptable and that the company is sorry” adding “I am sorry, there was a failure”. Still under investigation the outbreak in April was reportedly traced back to hygiene problems in the company’s Belgian factory reported in December, which has since closed. Financial compensation has been promised to parents of hospitalized children. However, the families affected do not understand why products continued to come out of the factory when the alarm was raised back in December. To date, 150,000 requests for compensation have been received by the group.

Former head of Louvre charged - The former head of Paris's Louvre Museum, Jean-Luc Martinez, has been charged with conspiring to hide the origin of Egyptian archeological treasures that police suspect were smuggled out of the country during the Arab Spring uprisings. Judicial sources said Martinez was charged on Wednesday after being taken in for questioning by the French office against art trafficking. Martinez, who ran the Paris Louvre from 2013 to 2021, is accused of turning a blind eye to fake certificates of origin for the pieces – a fraud thought to involve several other art experts, according to French papers.

Collaboration between Monaco Streaming Film Festival and Monaco-based carbon emissions management platform Net0 - Monaco will be hosting its first ever carbon neutral Streaming Film Festival event at Grimaldi Forum Monaco from May 31st to June 3rd. A collaboration between the Monaco Streaming Film Festival and Monaco-based carbon emissions management platform Net0, will enable the first ever carbon neutral event of its kind in Monaco’s history. After a massive success of its latest edition, attracting large crowds to the Principality, the Monaco Streaming Film Festival organisers have appointed Net0 as their 2022 edition sustainability partner to address their environmental impact by becoming carbon neutral. Net0 will be in charge of accurately measuring the event’s emissions, working with certified offsetting projects and enabling plans of emission reductions for future event editions.

Cannes Film Festival - The amfAR charity gala, raising funds for research against AIDS has returned to the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes. On the side-lines of the 75th Cannes Film Festival Thursday evening saw stars including Christina Aguilera, Coco Rocha and Kylian Mbappé all raise money for a good cause.

Barbie dolls on the red carpet in Cannes – Meanwhile for the first time, Barbie dolls have appeared on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. 13-year-old Juliana and her mother Katarzyna Aiteka-Odus both collect Barbie dolls and have over 200. Exceptionally and at the request of Nice-Matin the Palace des Festivals authorized a fifteen-minute photo shoot.


Twitter shareholders are suing Elon Musk, and Twitter itself, over their handling of a chaotic acquisition process that is still underway, and that has contributed to volatile price swings in the company’s stock price. Since Musk’s acquisition bid, Twitter’s share price has dropped more than 12%, and Tesla’s is down about 28% as part of a broad sell-off in tech stocks. In a proposed class-action lawsuit filed on Wednesday, Twitter shareholders allege that Musk violated California corporate laws on several fronts, and in doing so engaged in market manipulation.

One of the UK government's most loyal ministers has warned that a windfall tax on oil and gas companies will not be "economically cost-free". The tax was announced by the UK's Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of a £21bn support package aimed at helping people cope with the rising cost of living. But Jacob Rees-Mogg, the minister for Brexit opportunities and government efficiency, reporters that all taxation has an economic consequence. He said: "People need to understand that there is not a tax that you can take that is economically cost-free.

The boss of P&O Ferries has said he is "incredibly sorry" for the impact felt by hundreds of staff who were recently sacked by the company without notice. But Peter Hebblethwaite insisted the decision was "the route we only deemed possible". P&O Ferries sacked almost 800 seafarers in March and replaced them with foreign agency workers paid less than the minimum wage.

From street parties to collectables, the UK is set to spend millions on royal memorabilia to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Her Majesty's 70-year reign is being marked with a four-day weekend and for British businesses the jubilee is providing a much-needed boost. According to the Centre for Retail Research the UK could spend about £408m on the Platinum Jubilee, with £281.5m going on souvenirs memorabilia and gifts.


Football - Sadio Mane says he will give a "special" answer over his future at Liverpool after tomorrow night’s Champions League final against Real Madrid. More recently both Barcelona and Bayern Munich have been linked to the 30-year-old player.

Meanwhile Aston Villa have agreed a deal to sign Brazil centre-back Diego Carlos from Sevilla for £26m.

Tennis - Second seed Daniil Medvedev moved into the third round of the French Open on Thursday. The Russian will face Serbia's 28th seed Miomir Kecmanovic.

Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix weekend is fast approaching, and Red Bull's Max Verstappen will be hoping to clinch his fifth win of the season so far, after victory in last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix. He currently leads the title race with 110 points. His rival, Ferrari's Charles Leclerc is second on 104 points after he retired during the Spanish race after being in the lead. The first practice session for the Grand Prix here in Monaco starts at 2pm today and second practice is at 5pm.


Hazy sunshine along the coast this morning. Clear spells with some cloudy patches this afternoon. Light winds. Highs of 30 degrees in Monaco, Nice and Cannes reaching 33 degrees in Marseille. This evening 24 degrees with clear skies.

Outlook for tomorrow Saturday - Fine with highs of 27-28 degrees. Sunday sunny intervals with highs of 23 degrees.

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