French and Riviera News.Friday 31st May 2019

Dead pensioner-The body of an 80 year old woman who was reported missing in the Var last Saturday has been found.

Antoinette Petite had been renting a house in the Malpey forest area of Frejus.Her body was discovered near the property by a couple of holidaymakers.

An autopsy will be carried out to establish the cause of death but police have ruled out any foul play.


Crane -An enquiry has been launched after a crane collapsed at a building site near the Jardin Exotique in Monaco on Thursday.

Workers were on the site despite it being a public holiday and the crane operator was injured and taken to hospital.He suffered head injuries but is expected to make a full recovery.

The crane collapsed onto a site where a new apartment block and carpark is being built in the area that used to be covered in greenhouses.

4 employees from the building company have been interviewed by Monaco police and the boulevard du Jardin Exotique had to be closed to traffic as the top of the crane collapsed onto the road.It has now been reopened.



Monaco workers-New figures published by the French National Statistics Office IMSEE  and  its Monaco equivalent IMSEE show that in 2015 there were 26,600 residents of the Alpes-Maritimes department who travelled to the Principality for work on a daily basis.

According to the most recently available data,the figure represents an increase of 77 percent over the past quarter of a century as Monaco created more and more jobs in the service sector and financial industry.

The figures also show that of the more than 26,000 French residents travelling to Monaco for work ,only 26 percent used public transport for their journey.The rest come in by car,motorbike or bicycle.


Presidential visit-The French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte have arrived at the Fort de Bregancon for an Ascension weekend break.

The Elysee Palace says that Mr Macron will use the break for a “quiet period of reflection” with plenty to digest including the recent European Parliamentary election results as well as the future shape of the European Commission including nominations for the new President of the bloc and leader of the Council of Europe.

The Presidential couple have already been seen out on the Island of Porquerolles and in nearby Rayol-Canadel.The couple were  in dress down mode wearing jeans,trainers and casual tops.


French letterbox-A historical 14th century wall in the old town of Vence has been restored to its original state after an illegal letterbox for an apartment complex was illegal erected two months ago.

The wall has a historical protection order and the offender was made to remove the letterbox and pay for the repairs.


Chocoholics-Two Georgian nationals have been sentenced to 3 months in jail in absentia by the Monaco criminal tribunal for stealing 126 bars of chocolate.

The court heard that the two were apprehended by police after attempting to steal the chocolate from a supermarket  on the avenue des Spelugues.

They were freed on bail and failed to turn up for the court hearing but will have to serve their sentences should they ever set foot in the Principality again.


In National News.


Bomber confesses-The suspect in the Lyon bombing has confessed to French police after finally cracking during intensive questioning.

13 people were injured after a parcel bomb exploded in front of a bakery in the heart of the city on May the 24th.

The suspect maintains that he acted alone and police say that they’ve got enough DNA evidence to prosecute him.

Reports say that the man has told police that he has jihadist links.His family and friends are still being questioned but were freed from custody last night.

Under French law,the suspect must be charged before the end of today or he’ll have to be released.

Police say that charges are “almost certain” to follow.



Kill your speed-French deputies in the National Assembly are to debate a bill which will allow the heads of regional councils to authorise the lifting of the 80 km/h speed limit on national roads in their areas next week.

Statistics show that the number of fatalities on French roads fell last year with some saying that a new government reduction in the speed limit on national roads was a contributing factor.

The Minister with responsibility for road safety Emmanuel Barbe says that regional authorities should take into account “all the facts” before deciding whether to raise speed limits to 90 km/h again.

The Minister says that there is no doubt that driving at slower speeds helps to “save lives”.




US President Donald Trump has announced tariffs on all goods coming from Mexico in a bid to curb illegal immigration.

In a tweet, Mr Trump said that from 10 June a 5% tariff would be imposed and would slowly rise "until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied".

President Trump has declared a national emergency to tackle what he claims is a crisis at the US southern border.

Border agents say they are overwhelmed, but critics say they are mishandling and mistreating migrants.

During his election campaign and throughout his time in office, President Trump has sought funds to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

He declared a national emergency in February in an attempt to divert federal funds for a barrier wall, but a judge blocked his efforts in May.


Uber has posted a $1bn  loss as the ride-hailing firm delivered its first figures since a disappointing flotation earlier this month.

The quarterly loss came despite a 20% a rise in revenues to $3.1bn and an increase in monthly active users to 93 million.

The results were in line with many analysts' forecasts and may provide reassurance about the company's future profitability.

Uber shares have sunk almost 11% since it listed on Wall Street on the 10th of May.



And-The Confederation of British Industry has warned Conservative leadership candidates over leaving the EU without a deal.

A no-deal scenario would do "severe" damage to businesses, it said in an open letter to all the MPs running to lead the party.

Director general Carolyn Fairbairn warned them that smaller companies cannot afford the necessary preparations for leaving without a plan.

She invited them to meet her members.




Cricket-England have got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start after beating South Africa by 104 runs in the opening game at The Oval.

Ben Stokes was the star for England as he top scored with 89 in a total of 311-8 from 50 overs.

He also took a series of spectacular catches as South Africa were dismissed for 207 in just 39.5 overs with Jofra Archer taking 3-27.


The second game in the tournament is being played today with West Indies against Pakistan at Trent Bridge.


Football-Liverpool meet Spurs in an all-English European Champions League final in Madrid tomorrow night.

Liverpool will go into the match as favourites but Spurs can’t be underestimated and may have striker Harry Kane back in the starting line-up.The match kicks off at 9pm.


Tennis-The defending champion Simona Halep is through to the third round of the French Open after beating Magda Linette of Poland in three sets.

23 time grand slam winner Serena Williams is also through.She beat Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3 6-2.

In the men’s event,Kyle Edmund had to pull out of his second round match with a knee injury.He was trailing Pabll Cuevas by 2 sets at the time.

The men’s top seeds march on though.Novak Djokovic is into round three after a straight sets win over Henri Laaksonen while  the 4th and 5th seeds Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zrevev are also through.


Rugby Union-It’s the Gallagher Premiership playoff final tomorrow.

Saracens play Exeter at Twickenham.Kick off is at 4pm.


Racing-The premier classic of the English flat season is on tomorrow.

A maximum field of 15 horses will line up for the Epsom Derby with 8 of them trained by Aiden O’Brien.

The fillies classic ,The Oaks is being run today.The race is off at 5.30 this afternoon.


Boxing-The WBO ,WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua defends his titles against Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden New York tomorrow night.

Joshua is overwhelming favourite to win but Ruiz should not be written off and could cause him some difficulties.

On Thursday ,Joshua confirmed that he still has his eyes on a reunification bout with Deontay Wilder but if that’s not possible then he wants to fight Tyson Fury.




Clear skies with light  variable winds.

Top temperatures 22-25 degrees.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast and 13 degrees inland with clear skies.

The weekend-Clear skies  with highs of 22-27 degrees.




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