French and Riviera News Monday 21st September 2020


Heavy rainfall - Two people have been rescued by firefighters after heavy rainfall hit the region on Sunday afternoon. Emergency services intervened after the couple found themselves trapped in their vehicle as rainwater flooded the mini tunnel leading to the port of Saint-Laurent. Access was closed to the tunnel on Sunday afternoon due to flooding.

Meanwhile emergency services in the Var carried out thirty interventions at the weekend due to the bad weather. In Toulon two people were injured after a tree fell on the terrace of a beach restaurant.

58-year-old hiker found by rescue services - A 58-year-old woman has been found by mountain rescue services after disappearing for several hours on Sunday. Rescue services in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence were alerted on Sunday afternoon. The woman who had suffered serious leg injuries while hiking in the region was air lifted to the local hospital.

New measures - The Prefect of the Alpes Maritimes has announced new measures to combat the spread of covid-19 in Nice. In a joint press conference with the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi, Bernard Gonzalez said that a range of measures would be introduced in Nice, including a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people in parks, gardens and beaches.  Major events in the city will be limited to a maximum of 1,000 people. Drinking establishments must be closed between half past midnight and 6.00am and the sale of take-away alcohol is prohibited after 8pm, as is drinking in public spaces. No music will be allowed on public highways to discourage people from gathering.

Book Festival - It's been announced that this year's Mouans-Sartoux Book Festival has been cancelled. Previously it had been thought that the event may go ahead because the number of attendees was being reduced and the festival is held outdoors in the streets of the village.

However, organizers said that the festival had been cancelled in the light of the Prefect's statements. The next edition is now scheduled to take place in October 2021.

Dengue Fever - Three new cases of Dengue Fever have been confirmed in Nice, bringing the total number of people affected to five. All the cases are in one particular neighbourhood at the bottom of avenue de Pessicart. The disease is spread by the tiger mosquito. The Regional Health Agency said that mosquito control operations are continuing in the neighbourhood and in other areas of Nice.


Covid-19 - According to Public Health France more than 10,500 new cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed in France in the past 24 hours, and 12 people have died with the test positivity rate increasing slightly to 5.7% compared to 5.6% the day before. Sunday’s figures saw the number of clusters currently under investigation in France stand at 1,045.

3,894 people have been hospitalized in France over the last seven days, and 593 patients were admitted to intensive care in a serious condition over the same period.

In total, 31,585 people have died since the start of the epidemic in France, including 20,725 in hospitals; and 89 departments are now in a situation of moderate or high vulnerability.

French President Emmanuel Macron - An online survey has shown that the popularity of French President Emmanuel Macron has increased slightly up from 36 to 38%. Meanwhile France’s Prime Minister Jean Castex saw a drop from 48 to 45% in popularity.



A report by the BBC says that HSBC allowed fraudsters to transfer millions of dollars around the world even after it had become aware of the crime.

The report says that the bank moved the money through its US business to HSBC accounts in Hong Kong in 2013 and 2014.

The bank’s role in the 80 million dollar fraud is detailed in a leak of documents  that have been called the FinCEN files.

HSBC maintains that it has always met its legal duties on reporting such activity .

The FinCEN files show that the investment Ponzi scheme scam started soon after HSBC was fined 1.9 billion dollars in the United States over money laundering.

Lawyers say that the bank should have acted earlier to close the fraudsters’ accounts.

The FinCEN files are a leak of 2,657 separate documents at the heart of which are more than 2,000 suspicious activity reports.

The leaks show how money has been laundered through some of the world’s  biggest banks and how criminals used anonymous British companies to hide their money.


China’s ByteDance has said that TikTok’s global business will become its subsidiary despite Oracle and WalMart saying over the weekend that they would own the majority of the video app after Donald Trump agreed to a deal.

Trump signed an executive order on the 14th of August ordering ByteDance to sell TikTok within 90 days amid concerns that the personal data of some 100 million Americans that use the app could be passed on to the Chinese government.

On Saturday ,the President said that he supported a deal in principle that would allow TikTok to continue to operate in the US.

However ,ByteDance has said today that it will continue to own 80 percent of TikTok global ,a newly  created US firm that would own most of the app’s operations worldwide.

Oracle and WalMart have agreed to take stakes of 12.5 and 7.5 percent respectively  and had said on Saturday that the majority ownership would be in American hands.

And-Oil prices have edged higher today despite the third storm in a month moving over the Gulf of Mexico which has shut production at some rigs.

Gains have been capped  by the potential return of output from Libya and a continued rise in coronavirus cases.

Brent Crude was trading up 0.2 percent a little earlier at 43 dollars 24 with US crude up 0.2 percent to 42 dollars 21.

Some production has been shut down and workers evacuated from rigs on the Gulf of Mexico as Tropical Storm Beta moves over the region.It’s the 23rd named storm of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season.


Cycling-Tadej Pogacar has become the second youngest Tour de France champion in history as he crossed the finish line in Paris on Sunday.

The 21 year old Slovenian beat fellow countryman Primoz Roglic with a stunning time trial victory on Saturday .

Sam Bennett of Ireland won the sprinter’s green jersey and won the final stage into Paris.

Golf-Bryson DeChambeau of the United States has won the US Open at Winged Foot New York after powering to victory in the final round.

The 27 year old was the only player to break par at the notoriously difficult course as he fired a final round of 67 to finish on 6 under.

Matthew Wolff faded on the back 9 to end  second on level par with Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa in third on 2 over par.

Football-There were 4 games in the English Premier League on Sunday.

Spurs were 5-2 winners at Southampton.Newcastle lost 3-0 at home to Brighton.Chelsea lost 2-0 at home to Liverpool and Leicester beat Burnley 4-2.

There are 2 games tonight.Aston Villa play Sheffield United and Wolves host Manchester City.

In the Scottish Premiership on Sunday Hibs and Rangers drew 2-2 and Motherwell were 3-0 winners at Aberdeen

And in the English Championship Bristol City were 2-0 winners at Stoke.

Rugby Union-There were two quarter final ties in the European Champions Cup on Sunday.Toulouse beat Ulster 36-8 and Exeter beat Northampton 38-15.


Sunshine and thundery showers with light to moderate southerly winds.

Top temperature 25 degrees.

Overnight lows of 20 degrees on the coast and 17 degrees inland with thundery outbreaks.

Tuesday and Wednesdaty-Sunshine and thundery showers with highs of 25 degrees.



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