French and Riviera News Monday 24th October 2022

News

Emmanuel Macron to meet with the Pope - French President Emmanuel Macron will today meet with Pope Francis. Macron is in Rome for the start of a three-day peace summit and is set to deliver a speech at the opening of the annual event alongside the presidents of Italy and Niger. According to the Elysée, Macron's address will be along the lines of the one given to the UN General Assembly in September, when he denounced "a return to the age of imperialism and colonies" imposed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The three-day summit entitled "The Cry of Peace" will end on Tuesday in the presence of the Pope.

Road accident - 4 people have been injured following a road accident in Fréjus in the Var. The accident occurred just before 3pm on Sunday afternoon when a car collided with two motorcycles.  Police have opened an investigation to determine the cause of the collision.

New study - A new study suggests the gender pay gap in Monaco is narrowing. The Monegasque Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies says that, in 2019, women in the principality were, on average, paid 6% less than men. That's down from 10% in 2012. Women represent 40% of all employees in Monaco - and 42% in the Monegasque civil service.

Restos du Coeur - The Restos du Coeur charity, which provides meals to the poor and homeless, has inaugurated a new base in Saint-Laurent-du-Var. The new premises are more than three times bigger than the charity's previous home. The Saint-Laurent-du-Var base will serve as the main warehouse for the whole Riviera. The charity has seen a 20% rise in demands for help so far this year and is appealing for more volunteers.

Paediatric services under pressure - The French government has promised "an immediate action plan" and announced a 150-million-euro aid package following the crisis in paediatric services in France. In an open letter addressed to President Emmanuel Macron paediatric caregivers say that the "irresponsible political inaction" has led to "unsuitable working conditions", preventing them from providing adequate care.

Bad weather - One person has been slightly injured after bad weather hit northern France on Sunday. Violent storms broke out causing considerable damage to some houses with roofs being torn off. The three departments had been placed on a yellow weather alert. Meanwhile elsewhere in France mild temperatures for this time of year were felt at the weekend with 29 degrees recorded in Toulouse and 32 degrees in Corsica.

Business

Indian authorities have fined Google £144m for using its Android platform to dominate the market. The country's competition regulator has accused the tech giant of entering into "one-sided agreements" with smartphone makers to ensure the dominance of its apps. It has ordered Google to "cease and desist" from such practices. Google has not responded to the fine or the accusations yet.

Spain has dropped covid travel restrictions. The Spanish Health Ministry announced that people entering from outside the European Union would no longer be subject to controls. Before, people needed to show they were fully vaccinated, provide a negative Covid test or prove they had recently recovered. The drop in the remaining Covid restrictions comes as families prepare to head off on half-term holidays.

In the UK, Royal Mail is urging people to use up stamps that do not have a barcode by 31 January, when they will no longer be valid for postage. It says the deadline in exactly 100 days affects "everyday" stamps featuring the late Queen's profile. Barcoded stamps were introduced in February to make deliveries more efficient and improve security.

Sport

Football - In this evening’s premier league West Ham are at home to Bournemouth. In the premier league on Sunday Aston Villa beat Brentford 4-0, Fulham had an away win against Leeds 3-2, Arsenal drew 1-1 against Southampton, Leicester beat Wolves 4-0 and Newcastle beat Tottenham 2-1.

Formula One - Max Verstappen fought back to pass Lewis Hamilton to win a dramatic United States Grand Prix and equal the record for victories in a season. Verstappen was controlling the race until a delay at his final pit stop handed the lead to Hamilton and also dropped the Red Bull driver behind Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

Golf - Rory McIlroy returned to the top of the world rankings for the first time in more than two years by retaining his CJ Cup title in South Carolina. The Northern Irishman claimed a one-shot win, shooting a four-under-par 67 to finish the tournament on 17 under.

Weather

Sunny intervals with a gentle breeze. Highs of 23 degrees along the coast in Monaco, Nice and Cannes. 24 degrees in Saint Tropez and 25 in Marseille. This evening going down to 15 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for tomorrow and Wednesday sunny intervals. Highs of 23-25 degrees.  

Sunrise              07.55                  Sunset      18.32

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