French and Riviera News Friday 2nd June 2023

News

Fatal shooting - A 19-year-old man has been shot dead and two others were injured following a shooting in Nantua in eastern France in the Auvergne Rhone-Alpes region of France. The alleged shooter has been arrested and admits to carrying out the shooting but, claims that it was in self-defence. The incident occurred shortly after 10am on Thursday morning when two brothers pulled up in front of a bar in the city centre and attacked two other individuals. Another vehicle arrived at the scene driven by the victim and accompanied by a passenger. Following a general brawl one of the two men who first arrived at the scene "pulled out a handgun and fired" at the 19-year-old. An investigation is currently underway.

Influencers in France - A legislation which was formally adopted in France on Thursday could see influencers now face jail time if they are found to have broken new promotion regulations. The new laws aim to protect consumers from misleading or fake commercial online practices, restricting the promotion of lottery and betting games, and banning the advertisement of items such as tobacco. It is the first time the role has been legally defined in Europe.

Strike action - Flights are expected to be disturbed next Tuesday June 6th, due to strike action from air traffic controllers against the pension reform. A third of flights will be cancelled at Paris-Orly airport with disruptions to be expected at Nice International airport.

Nice Airport - Meanwhile, in what's likely to have been the busiest week of the year at Nice Côte d'Azur airport, security guards have collected a record number of banned products from passengers' baggage. A tonne of confiscated products have been taken away from passengers in recent days and donated to the charity les Restos du Coeur. Confiscated items from Nice airport have been routinely donated to the Restos du Coeur for the past year. In an average week, the charity picks up somewhere between 600 and 700 kilos of items - but that figure has soared in the past week due to the large number of people passing through the airport for the Monaco grand prix and the Cannes film festival.

Electric bike ban - A decree banning the use of electric bikes and scooters in certain parts of Nice city centre over the summer came into force on Thursday. It applies to the Rue Masséna, Place Masséna, the old town, Avenue Jean Médecin and pedestrian areas of the Promenade des Anglais. Anyone using a motorised device, such as hoverboards and electric scooters or bikes, in these areas faces a €38 fine. The decree applies for the length of the summer season. The city of Nice will decide in September whether it should be extended.

Formula One Grand Prix of France - France’s Minister of Sport has said she is "favourable" to a return of the F1 Grand Prix of France to Le Castellet or Nice. In an interview the minister Amélie Oudéa-Castera, suggested that the return could take place in Le Castellet or Nice adding that exchanges were underway with elected officials and Formula One Management. The Castellet circuit hosted the French GP from 2018 to 2022 after 10 years of absence.

Renovation - Monaco's oldest high-rise apartment block is to undergo a complete renovation at a cost of €170 million. The 17-storey Schuylkill overlooks the port of Monaco, on the Boulevard de Suisse, and was built in the 1960s. It's showing signs of age and will receive a top-to-bottom renovation, inside and out, over a four-year period to bring it up to modern standards. The top three floors will be demolished and rebuilt again. The works are due to begin next spring.

Five guys - American burger chain Five Guys has announced it will be opening a second restaurant on the Riviera, this time in Cannes. Five Guys is already present at Cap 3000 in Saint-Laurent-du-Var. The Cannes branch has begun recruiting staff. The fast-food outlet, whose fans reportedly include former US president Barack Obama, expanded into France in 2016 and now has 26 French outlets.

Business

The US Congress has approved a deal to lift the country's borrowing limit, days before the world's largest economy is due to default on its debt. The measure sped through the Senate by a vote of 63-36, a day after it cleared the US House of Representatives. President Joe Biden has said he will enact the measure into law. Biden’s signature on the bill will spare the US from a catastrophic default on its $31.4tn (£25tn) debt. The country is forecast to overshoot its current debt ceiling on Monday 5 June.

British Airways has been fined $1.1m (£878,000) by the US government over claims it failed to pay refunds for cancelled flights during the pandemic. The US Department of Transportation said the airline had not provided "timely refunds to passengers" for abandoned or rescheduled flights to and from the country. It said it had received more than 1,200 complaints about the airline. BA rejected the claims, saying it had "acted lawfully at all times".

And - Elon Musk has reclaimed his title as the world's richest person, knocking the boss of luxury goods giant LMVH, Bernard Arnault, off the top spot. His net worth has soared by $55.3bn (£44.44bn) since January to $192bn (£153.24bn), after a rise in the value of his electric car company Tesla. Mr Arnault's fortune has fallen by $24.5bn (£19.55bn) to $187bn (£149bn), per Bloomberg's Billionaires Index. He is followed by Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates in third and fourth positions.

Sport

Football – Major League Soccer side Inter Miami have sacked coach Phil Neville with the club bottom of the Eastern Conference after 15 games. Wednesday's 1-0 loss at home to the New York Red Bulls was their 10th defeat in their past 13 league games. Neville, 46, was appointed in January 2021 and helped Inter reach the MLS Cup play-offs in 2022.

And - Lionel Messi will play his final game for Paris St-Germain against Clermont on Saturday. Messi, who joined on a free transfer from Barcelona in July 2021, helped PSG win two successive Ligue 1 titles. Messi is set to make a decision on his future soon but will not return to Barcelona, the club where he spent 21 years.

Tennis - At Roland Garros 14th seeded Briton Cameron Norrie, faces a tough task in the third round today against Italian 17th seed Lorenzo Musetti.

Cricket - Stuart Broad says England's attack is ready to step up in the Ashes if Ben Stokes' knee injury stops him from playing a full part as a bowler. Though captain Stokes says he has given himself "the best possible chance" to be fully fit, he is unlikely to bowl in the ongoing Test against Ireland. Broad took 5-51 as Ireland were bowled out for 172 on day one at Lord's.

Golf - Rory McIlroy shot a triple bogey on the last to spoil an otherwise solid opening round at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio. The Northern Irishman, 34, was one shot off the lead approaching the last but his disappointing finish meant he signed for an even-par 72. The USA's Davis Riley hit a birdie on the 18th to move ahead of England's Matt Wallace for the outright lead.

Weather

Sunny with highs of 24 degrees in Monaco, Nice and Cannes. 22 degrees in Saint-Tropez with a chance of light showers this afternoon. Gentle breeze. Going down to 16 degrees this evening with clear skies.

The outlook for the weekend. Saturday, fine with highs of 22 degrees in the Var. 23 degrees in the Alpes Maritime. Sunday showers expected in Saint -Tropez. Sunny in Nice highs of between 23-24 degrees.

Sunrise       05.51am

Sunset        09.05pm

Beach Weather Forecast

Nice – Sea temperature 19 degrees. Air temperature 24 degrees. Mainly fine with a UV level 9.

Marseille – Sea temperature 20 degrees. Air temperature 24 degrees. Sunny spells. UV level 9.

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