French and Riviera News Monday 26th November 2018


Yellow Vest movement - France's Yellow Vest protesters have called a new national demonstration on Saturday 1st December after this weekend’s rallies, which saw violent scenes in Paris and some other towns. But at least one leading activist has denounced the call as "fake news. Saturday saw 106,000 people protest across France including 8,000 in Paris. The protests led to 101 people being detained and 24 people injured, five of them police officers. On Sunday French President Emmanuel Macron lashed out at demonstrators who clashed with police in Paris tweeting “Shame on those who attacked officers adding that there is no place for violence in the French Republic." There were demonstrations across our region. In Antibes at the entrance to the A8 motorway tensions rose between police and protestors with two people being arrested.

Heavy rain – Following heavy rainfall in the region a family of four had to be rescued in the Var after their vehicle became stuck in the middle of a river in Lorgues. Emergency services intervened on Sunday afternoon after a strong current blocked the vehicle.

Meanwhile 14 people have had to be relocated in Menton after a landslide occurred on Saturday.

Violence against women - As a sign of solidarity, buildings in the Principality of Monaco were illuminated in orange on Sunday to mark the “International Day against Violence against Women”. Thousands of people marched in several French cities over the weekend to denounce violence against women.

Tourist train in Nice - The city of Nice has announced that the traditional tourist train is to go green as of January 2019. The train which tours the city covering 9 kilometers will be electric. The price of ticket will remain the same at 10 euros.

Bricklive - The ultimate interactive adventure for LEGO fans, BRICKLIVE, is coming to Monaco. Following the success of BRICKLIVE Christmas in London’s Saatchi Gallery in 2017, BRICKLIVE Christmas will now head to the Grimaldi Forum to offer fans the ultimate brick-building experience for the entire family during the Christmas holidays. Visitors can expect an interactive experience, stretching across the Grimaldi Forum.

AS Monaco - Monaco have scored a first win under manager Thierry Henry. Monaco won 1-0 against Caen at the weekend taking three points.


“Implant Files” - An international survey published on Sunday has denounced the lack of regulations concerning the use of medical implants in Europe, particularly in France. The "Implant Files" was conducted by more than 250 journalists in 36 countries. According to the survey the number of incidents related to the use of medical implants has doubled in France in the last ten years and is increasing worldwide

Greenpeace - Greenpeace has identified 4413 industrial farms in France which have a significant impact on the environment. Based on database from the Ministry of Ecology, the Greenpeace association published this morning a map of France showing the 4413 factory farms which they would like to see disappear due to their impact on the environment.

Artworks - French President Emmanuel Macron has said that France will return 26 artworks taken from the west African state of Benin. His announcement follows an experts' report recommending that African treasures in French museums be returned to their countries of origin. The 26 thrones and statues were taken in 1892 during a colonial war and are currently on display in the Quai Branly museum in Paris.


Analysis by the UK National Institute of Economic and Social Research suggests that the government’s Brexit deal with the EU will leave the country 100 billion pounds a year worse off by 2030.

The report,commissioned by the People’s Vote which is calling for a second referendum says that GDP will shrink by 3.9 percent annually-the equivalent of losing the economic output of Wales or the City of London.

The withdrawal agreement which was signed between the UK and the EU on Sunday sets out the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU including its 39 billion pound divorce bill,citizens rights  and the Northern Ireland backstop.

A separate political declaration has set out what the UK and EU’s relationship might be like after Brexit and has outlined how trade will work.

The British Prime Minister Theresa May will make a statement to the House of Commons about the deal this afternoon and is to spend the next two weeks trying to convince the country that it’s the right way forward ahead of a Parliamentary vote probably on December the 12th.


General Motors is set to make a major announcement today which will affect its global operations and threatens the shutdown of a major vehicle assembly plant in Canada.

The Canadian trade union Unifor which represents most car workers in the country said on Sunday that there would be no product allocated the plant in Ontario after December 2019 which would seriously affect production.

Candian television reports said that the plant at Oshawa near Toronto would close all operations.

General Motors has refused to comment.

The firm has been cutting jobs to deal with plunging car sales in North America  and has been debating for some time how to deal with shrinking demand.


And-Oil prices have stabilised this morning following a plunge of nearly 8 percent on Black Friday but remain under pressure with Brent Crude under 60 dollars amid weak fundamentals and struggling financial markets.

Brent Crude futures were trading up 43 cents a little earlier this morning at 59 dollars 23 with West Texas Intermediate up 11 cents at 50 dollars 53.

Analysts say that there has been a “complete capitulation “ in crude oil markets  owning to surging supply and a slowdown in demand.

Prices are also being affected by a downturn in wider financial markets.


Cricket-It’s day 4 of the third and final Test between Sri Lanka and England in Colombo with the tourists looking to impose a series whitewash.

Sri Lanka are chasing 327 to win the match which is looking increasingly unlikely.

They’d been reduced to 96-5 in their second innings midway through the first session of the day.

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

Arsenal closed the gap on Chelsea in 4th place to one point thanks to a 2-1 win at Bournemouth while Wolves lost 2-0 at home to Huddersfield Town.

There’s 1 game tonight.Burnley play Newcastle.

In the English Championship on Sunday Aston Villa beat Birmingham 4-2

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton has won the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The 5 times world champion finished ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari and Max Verstappen in the Red Bull.

Hamilton ended a massive 88 points ahead of nearest challenger Vettel with Ferrari heading back to the drawing board now to try and figure out how to close the gap on Mercedes.

Sunday’s race was marred by a spectacular crash involving Nico Hulkenberg who amazingly emerged unscathed after his car pitched into a roll and landed upside down in a first lap incident with Romain Grosjean.


Rugby Union-Johnny Sexton has won the men’s player of the year accolade  at the  World Rugby awards in Monaco.

Ireland were named team of the year having lost only once in 2018 while the man who’s led them to success Joe Schmidt was given the coach of the year award.

It’s the first time in 7 years that the player of the year has gone to someone outside New Zealand.


Tennis-Croatia have won the Davis Cup for only the second time.

Marin Cilic sealed the deal for Croatia with a straight sets victory over Lucas Pouille which gave his side an unassailable 3-1 lead.

Croatia last won the Davis Cup in 2005.



Mainly fine with light to moderate variable or north westerly winds.

Top temperature 15 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 19 degrees on the coast an 5 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Partially cloudy with highs of 15-16 degrees.







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