French and Riviera News Monday 4th December 2023

News

Weather warning - The Alpes-Maritimes has been placed on a yellow snow-ice and avalanche warning today Monday 4th December. Temperatures will be between 8 and 11 degrees along the coast and between 0 and 7°C elsewhere. Snow is expected inland. The warning is in place until midnight tonight.

Homeless man found dead in the street in Nice - A homeless man has been found dead in the street in Nice. Emergency services intervened shortly before 7.30pm on Sunday evening on Rue Joseph Bres. Traffic in the area was disrupted. The cause of death has not yet been established.

Hunter airlifted to hospital - A hunter has been airlifted to hospital in Marseille after falling ill on Sunday. The 62-year-old hunter felt unwell following a fall whilst out hunting in Roquebrune-sur-Argens, in the Var. emergency services intervened airlifting the individual to the Timone hospital in Marseille.

Investment in the regions transport - The PACA region is set to receive 1.5 billion euros to invest in its transport network thanks to the 2030 Olympics. According to the President of the region part of the sum will go towards access to the Olympic sites in 2030 with the rail sector of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur benefiting from 384 million to develop sustainable travel.

Prince Albert at COP28 - HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco has announced his wish to accentuate the energy transition policy in Monaco. Speaking at the COP28 in Dubai the Prince announced plans to “revise the climate commitment upwards”. The Prince also offered “the full support of the Principality of Monaco to the Emirati Presidency in order to make the COP conference a success”, with “tangible and credible commitments that will lead to a low-carbon and a climate-resilient way of development”. 

Business

A court hearing into a liquidation petition filed against China Evergrande Group has been adjourned to January. The decision will allow more time to finalise a debt restructuring proposal and is a major relief for the embattled property developer. The move came unexpectedly. Evergrande's lawyers sought an adjournment, saying no creditors were "actively seeking" liquidation.

It's continued to rise in recent months and now Bitcoin has now broken above $40,000 for the first time this year. The cryptocurrency is riding a wave of momentum onenthusiasm about U.S. interest rate cuts and as traders anticipate the imminent approval of U.S stock market traded bitcoin funds. The world's biggest currency hit as high as $40,210 in Sunday trade, its highest since April 2022. 

And - Alaska Air Group has announced that it is to acquire Hawaiian Holdings for $1.9 billion. Alaska Air said it would pay $18 per share in cash, close to four times Hawaiian's closing price on Friday. The premium reflected how battered Hawaiian's shares were. The Maui wildfires, high fuel costs and jet engine recall issues at some of Hawaiian's Airbus SE  planes have contributed to heavy losses and a 65% share price drop in the last 12 months.

Sport

Football - Manchester City striker Erling Haaland has criticised referee Simon Hooper on social media over a controversial decision late in Sunday's dramatic 3-3 draw with Tottenham.

Cricket – The West Indies performed a stunning four-wicket win over England in the first one-day international in Antigua.

Golf - World number one Scottie Scheffler won the Hero Golf Challenge in the Bahamas as Tiger Woods finished 18th.

Weather

Cloudy with rain forecast. Highs of 11 degrees in Nice, Monaco and Cannes. 12 degrees in Saint-Tropez, 10 degrees in Marseille. Moderate breeze. This evening going down to 7 degrees along the coast and 4 degrees inland.

The outlook for tomorrow. Sunny interval with a gentle breeze. Highs of 12 degrees. Wednesday fine with highs of 13 degrees.

Sunrise                07.46am

Sunset                 04.53pm

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