French and Riviera News Monday 4th November 2019


Bad weather - Sixty firefighters have been working through the night to try and save a 71-year-old woman who was hit by a landslide in her back garden on Sunday midday. Bad weather battered the region over the weekend with torrential rainfall and thunderstorms. The victim was at the time removing dead leaves from her back garden at her home in La Madeleine district in Nice.

The fire service carried out over a hundred interventions across the Côte d’Azur. The A8 motorway was closed at Nice Nord, car parks in the region were flooded and some motorists were left stranded. In less than an hour 32mm of rain fell in Valbonne and 51mm in Eze. The areas of Nice, Saint Laurent du Var and Cagnes sur mer were particularly affected and the Nice Cannes Marathon was delayed. 

Météo France has warned that more bad weather is on its way from Thursday with a drop in temperatures.

31 Pakistani nationals discovered in a truck on A8 - Thirty-one Pakistani nationals have been discovered in a truck on the A8 motorway during a police check. The driver of the same nationality has been arrested. The discovery was made during a check at the La Turbie pay toll near the Italian border. The Prefecture of the Alpes Maritimes has confirmed that they have all been handed over to the Italian authorities in accordance with the procedure of non-admission, which is in force since the reintroduction of border controls in November 2015.

Clean up campaign in the bay of Saint Tropez - Thirty volunteers have collected more then 140 kilos of rubbish in the bay of Saint Tropez in the Var. The team of volunteers carried out the clean up campaign on paddles and canoes despite strong winds in the region on Sunday.


Flixbus accident - British nationals are among 33 people injured after a bus travelling from Paris to London overturned in northern France. Four people were seriously injured, and 29 others wounded when the FlixBus coach toppled at an exit near Amiens on the A1 motorway on Sunday morning.

The Foreign Office said it was in contact with French authorities and added that "We will do all we can to assist any British people who need our help”.

Train crash at level crossing - A TER train has hit a car at a level crossing in Bourg-en-Bresse in eastern France killing both occupants in the car. The accident occurred shortly before 5pm on Sunday. Three other people have been injured. At least 80 firefighters were mobilized on site and the service from Lyon was diverted.

The level crossing is one of 153 level crossings in a "national safety program" (PSN) defined by the state and the national level crossing authority, as not presenting optimal security conditions. In 2007, on the same level crossing, a TGV hit a truck, killing the driver of the vehicle and injuring 30 passengers.


McDonald’s has fired chief executive Steve Easterbrook after he admitted to having a relationship with an employee.

McDonald’s says that while the relationship was “consensual”, Mr Easterbrook had violated company policy and shown poor judgement.

British born Mr Easterbrook acknowledged the relationship in an email to staff and admitted that it had been a mistake.

The 52 year old first worked for McDonald’s in London in 1993 and worked his way up to the top of the company.

He was appointed chief executive in 2015 and is widely credited with revitalising the firm’s menus and restaurants by remodelling stores and using better ingredients. The value of McDonald’s shares has more than doubled since he took the top job.

McDonald’s company rules prohibit managers from becoming romantically involved with a subordinate.


Aramco has announced that it’s to list on the Riyadh stock market in what could be the world’s largest ever initial public offering.

The state-owned oil giant will determine the IPO price after its registered interest from investors.

It’s expected that Aramco will make between 1 and 2 percent of the total value of the firm available to investors as shares.

The company is thought to be worth as much as 1.2 trillion dollars.

Saudi Aramco said that it had no plans for a foreign share listing for the moment and had shelved plans for a two-stage IPO.

Some analysts say that investing in Aramco could be risky as there’s no guarantee that oil prices will rise higher.

The increasing transfer to electric vehicles over the next few years may also seriously dent the profits of fossil fuel firms.


And-The Wall Street Journal has reported that the sports goods manufacturer Under Armour is being investigated by federal law enforcement officials over whether it shifted sales from quarter to quarter to appear financially healthier.

Under Armour has since confirmed that it’s being investigated and is cooperating with the US Justice Department.The firm also defended its accounting practices and disclosures.

The company ,which cut its full-year revenue forecast in July has been under pressure to maintain market share  and has been introducing new products in a bid to turn its fortunes around.

Under Armour will report its third quarter results today.


Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton has become the second most successful driver of all time after clinching his 6th world championship.

Hamilton finished second behind Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in Sunday’s US Grand Prix at Austin to take the drivers’ championship again and close the gap on Michael Schmacher’s all time record of 7 titles to just 1.

Max Verstappen finished in third place.

Afterwards Hamilton said that he still felt fresh  and would keep pushing.

He’s won 10 out of 19 races so far this season with just Brazil and Abu Dhabi to come.

Rugby Union-Contract talks between the English RFU and coach Eddie Jones are yet to start.

The RFU has said that it wants Jones to stay until 2023.His current deal expires in August 2021.

Jones and his England side are licking their wounds after being totally outplayed by South Africa in Saturday’s World Cup final.

South Africa won the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time since 2007 after dominating the match and not allowing England to settle as they controlled the scrum ,lineout and penalty count.

The South Africa team will return home today to a heroes welcome.There will be a national celebration parade in Johannesburg on Thursday.

There was 1 game in the Gallagher Premiership on Sunday.Worcester lost 24-20 at home to Exeter.

Football-There were two games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Leicester moved back up to third following a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace while Everton and Spurs drew 1-1.

In the English Championship on Sunday Preston went to the top of the table following a 1-0 win at Charlton and Rangers are through to the Scottish League Cup final after beating Hearts 3-0 in Sunday’s semi final.Rangers will play Celtic in the final.

Tennis-World number one Ashleigh Barty has won the WTA Tour Finals in Shenzhen.

Barty beat Elina Svitolina 6-4 6-3 to take the record 4.42 million dollar prize money.

Novak Djokovic has won his 5th Paris Masters title with a 6-3 6-4 win over Denis Shapovalov.

Djokovic didn’t drop a set at the tournament and came through in 1 hour 5 minutes.

Despite the win ,he’ll be replaced as world number one by Rafael Nadal in the new ATP rankings today.

Golf-Rory McIlroy has won the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

McIlroy won after coming through a playoff against Xander Schauffle after both players had finished on 19 under par.

He won at the first extra hole with a birdie while Schauffle could only manage par.


Mainly fine with moderate south westerly winds.

Top temperature 21 degrees.

Overnight lows of 15 degrees on the coast and 13 degrees inland with some showers inland.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Sunshine and showers tomorrow.Mainy fine on Wednesday.Highs of 17-19 degrees.









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