French and Riviera News Monday 17th October 2022

News

British woman killed during wild boar hunt in Brittany - A British woman has been killed by her companion during a wild boar hunt in France. The incident occurred on Sunday when the victim, invited as a guest to the hunt in Brittany, was hit by a bullet and wounded ‘above the heart’. The 67-year-old was taken to hospital in Saint-Brieuc, Brittany, where she died from her injuries. The companion, a 69-year-old man, was at the time carrying his rifle over his shoulder when the shot was fired. Police have taken the man into custody and launched a manslaughter investigation. The exact circumstances are 'yet to be determined'. An autopsy will take place on Wednesday.

18-year-old critically stabbed in Marseille - An 18-year-old man has been taken to hospital in Marseille in a critical condition following a knife attack. The incident occurred at around 4pm on Sunday in the 10th arrondissement. The reason for the attack is not known. An investigation is underway.

Two new born babies found abandoned in Nice - Two new-born babies have been found abandoned in front of a mosque near the main train station in Nice. Discovered by local residents on Saturday evening at around 7pm, the babies had been placed between two cars and were found to be in good health. Both are a few months old and according to a police source it was their mother who would have left them there. Both were transported to Lenval hospital and an investigation has been opened to determine the exact circumstances.

Where to find fuel in the Alpes-Maritimes? - While the strike continued this weekend at TotalEnergies nearly one in three service stations in France is affected by a petrol shortage. The strike movement has however been lifted at Esso-ExxonMobil following negotiations. The group claims that it will take two to three weeks for a “return to normal”. In the Alpes Maritimes as of Sunday midday 43 service stations out of the 104 in the region are partially out of petrol. For a full list of stations which are partially or completely out of service go to www.penurie.mon-essence.fr

Demonstration against the cost of living – Meanwhile, according to organisers an estimated 140,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Paris this Sunday in protest against living costs, fuel strikes and climate inaction. Left-wing opponents of President Emmanuel Macron's administration organised the demonstration which they say is also in protest against government inaction over climate change. As the CGT union is pushing for a 10-percent pay rise for staff at TotalEnergies, backdated to the beginning of the year, the union has extended its strike action until at least tomorrow Tuesday 18th October and is also calling on Tuesday for national strike action involving public transport nationwide.

Modifications to transport network in Nice – Locally, modifications have been introduced from today Monday 17th October on the Lignes d'Azur transport network in Nice. Due to work being carried out disruptions are to be expected on the tram and bus network until November 10th. For more information passengers are advised to check on the Lignes d’Azur website.

Water restrictions extended in the Var - The prefecture of the Var has extended certain water restrictions until December 1st.  For a complete list of restrictions and areas classified in red the red zone to https://www.var.gouv.fr/les-mesures-d-interdiction-et-de-restriction-de-l-a10958.html. Despite recent rainfall in the Var, which was very short-lived, water levels have still not returned to normal, and the good weather continues with temperatures continuing to exceed 25 degrees.

Bonus increased for buying an electric car - French President Emmanuel Macron has increased the ecological bonus when buying an electric car in France from 6,000 to 7,000 euros. During an interview Macron claimed, “we want to make the electric car accessible to all”. The bonus is valid for vehicles sold for less than 47,000 euros, either compact electrics or SUVs, such as the Renault Mégane or the Peugeot 2008, but not a Tesla. The head of State also asks that consumers reinforce the "European preference", or the advantages of buying cars made in Europe. Car rentals at 100 euros per month for the most modest households are also planned to be launched in the second half of 2023.

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco retraces steps of his late great-grandfather - HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco has been visiting the caves on the outskirts of Puente Viesgo in Northern Spain as his continues his tour in honour of his late great-grandfather. The late Prince, who passed away at the age of 73 in 1922, visited the site in 1909 and 1914 and his patronage contributed to the caves being recognised as a site of international interest. Following in his great-grandfather's footsteps, Prince Albert ventured down to the site and delivered a speech to mark the 100th anniversary of his namesake's death.

Business

This morning’s trading has seen the sterling gain around 0.5% trading above $1.12. The pound moved higher in early Asia trade after the UK government made a series of U-turns as it abandoned tax cutting policies. On Friday, Prime Minister Liz Truss sacked the chancellor and said the mini budget "went further and faster than markets were expecting". New Chancellor Jeremy Hunt warned over the weekend that there would be tax rises and savings in public spending. The moves came as international financial markets resumed trading for the first time since the new chancellor's comments.

BMW has insisted that Oxford will "remain at the heart of Mini production" despite it moving the manufacture of some of its electric cars to China. The first electric Mini was built at the city's Cowley plant in 2020. All Minis will be electric by 2030.

Australian gambling giant Star Entertainment Group has been fined A$100m ($62m, £55m) for failing to stop money laundering at its Sydney casino. The group's licence to operate the casino has also been suspended. The record penalties were announced in response to a damning inquiry in New South Wales (NSW) earlier this year. Casino operators in Australia have been under great pressure to reform their gambling operations following reports of widespread criminal activity.

Almost 140 years after the launch of the first Orient Express train, the legend continues as the Accor group reveals the new Orient-Express which will run between Paris and Vienna from 2024. A craftsman of travel since 1883 the group has announced the return of its legendary train in a new format with 17 original carriages dating from the 1920s and 1930s beautifully restored. According to reported tickets will be sold from 4900 euros and the train will only carry 30 passengers per trip. The company says it hopes to convince 600 travellers in the first year.

Sport

Football – Liverpool put their recent Premier League struggles behind them for a 1-0 win to end Manchester City's unbeaten run. The enthralling and hot-tempered encounter at Anfield saw Jurgen Klopp sent off.

Meanwhile, Premier League leaders Arsenal held on to win at Leeds 1-0 in a dramatic finish after the match had been delayed by about 40 minutes because of a power cut.

Marseille lost their discipline and lost touch with Ligue 1 pacesetters Paris Saint-Germain following a 1-0 defeat at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night.

Cycling - Britain's Neah Evans claimed her first major individual title in the women's points race at the Track Cycling World Championships. Evans won gold in France. The Scot, 32, adds the gold medal to the silver she won in the women's team pursuit earlier in the championships.

Weather

Sunny with highs of 23 degrees in Monaco, Nice and Saint Tropez with a moderate breeze. Cannes, highs of 24 degrees.

This evening going down to 15 degrees in Nice and along the coast and 12 degrees inland.

The outlook for tomorrow and Wednesday remaining fine and sunny. Highs of 23 degrees.

Sunrise - 07.46hr               Sunset - 18.43hr

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