French and Riviera News Monday 5th June 2023

News

New measures to deal with housing crisis in France - France’s Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne is to make a series of announcements today Monday 5th June, with new measures to deal with the housing crisis in France. The series of measure aim to resolve tensions in real estate and respond to the difficulties for individuals to access property. The announcements are eagerly awaited by professionals in the sector, who have warned the government of the collapse in the production of new housing. The Prime Minister's main announcements will concern the zero-rate loan (PTZ) extended until 2027 and a relaxation on the rules for granting mortgages to first-time buyers and rental investments.

Strike action against the pension reform planned for tomorrow Tuesday June 6th - Mobilization against the pension reform planned for tomorrow Tuesday June 6th, is not expected to cause too much disruption on train traffic, as the SNCF says that there will be “slight disruption” with nine out of ten trains circulating on a national level and the RATP which is the Paris underground, will run as normal.  In addition to strikes announced among electricians and gas workers, disruptions are also expected in air transport. A third of flights are cancelled on departure from Paris-Orly.

At Nice airport one flight out of five from or to the capital of the French Riviera is cancelled. The following flights leaving Nice have already been announced as cancelled they are - Air France flight 06.25am for Lyon, the 08.45am for Paris Orly and the 09.45am flight for Paris Orly. Meanwhile, on the arrivals the 8am from Paris Orly Air France, is cancelled as it the 9am flight and the 09.15am expected in from Lyon is also cancelled.

Hyères Airport - EasyJet flights to London Gatwick have resumed from Hyères airport in the Var. As announced at the beginning of the year by Vinci Airports, the seasonal line serving London Gatwick departing from Hyères Toulon airport resumed this Saturday, June 3rd. There will be 3 weekly rotations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The route will be in service until September 27th.

Road accident - Three people have been injured in a road accident on the A8 motorway in the Var on Sunday. Emergency services intervened shortly after 6pm near the town of Pourrières. Two vehicles were involved in the collision, the cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

Hailstorm - An impressive hailstorm has hit Tourrettes with residents witnessing hailstones the size of tennis balls. The hailstorm occurred at around 2pm on Sunday afternoon and was very localised lasting about 20 minutes.

Swimming ban - A swimming ban has been introduced in Menton after the Alpes-Maritimes prefecture announced the detection of an undetermined "marine pollution" on Sunday afternoon. The city council is waiting on results to be given before lifting the ban.

Pollution in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez – Meanwhile, an oil spill has been detected in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez near the port of Cogolin. The pollution was reported by a jet ski pilot at around 11am on Sunday. Emergency services said that the pollution was caused by a leaking pipe installed in the shipyard.

The world’s biggest dictation - More than 5,000 people have participated in the “big dictation” held on the Champs-Élysées, in the centre of Paris on Sunday, June 4th. The event has been certified by the Guinness Book of records as the largest dictation in the world. The avenue des Champs-Élysées was transformed into a giant classroom with 1,397 schoolchildren of all ages taking part.

Charles Leclerc auctions off his Monaco GP outfit for a good cause - Monegasque racing driver Charles Leclerc has auctioned off is Monaco Grand Prix outfit to raise money for the victims of the floods in Emilia-Romagna. The floods devastated the Emilia-Romagna region in mid-May. The auction opened on Friday and closes tomorrow June 6th.  The outfit includes autographed helmet, suit, gloves and shoes.

Business

In Asia trade today, Brent crude oil rose by as much as 2.4% before settling at around $77 a barrel as oil-producing countries have agreed to continued cuts in production in a bid to shore up flagging prices. Oil producers are grappling with falling prices and high market volatility amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Apple is expected to reveal a new headset at the company’s annual event for developers, the WWDC showcase, which is being held at its headquarters today Monday 5th June. It will be the tech giant’s first brand-new product for eight years.  According to reports the mixed reality headset will cost as much as $3,000 and would be targeted first at professionals and developers, rather than the average customer. According to Bloomberg, Apple will release the headset - tentatively dubbed Reality Pro - in late 2023 or early 2024. The event will also see the usual next major updates for Apple’s iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

In the UK almost £9bn in old banknotes have not been cashed in even though paper £20 and £50 notes stopped being legal tender in October. Paper banknotes have been replaced with plastic notes with a series of security features. Banknotes can still be deposited or exchanged. According to the Royal Mint there are also £87m of old £1 coins that have not been returned.

Sport

Football - AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has retired from football at the age of 41, bringing to an end one of the modern era's most glittering careers. The Swede has scored 511 goals for clubs including Paris St-Germain, Manchester United and both AC and Inter Milan, winning league titles in four countries. Ibrahimovic won 34 trophies - including 14 league titles - in a career that began in the last century and was nominated for the Ballon d'Or 11 times.

Karim Benzema marked his final Real Madrid appearance with a goal as they drew their last game of the La Liga season at home to Athletic Bilbao.

Cricket - England spinner Jack Leach has been ruled out of the Ashes series against Australia with a stress fracture in his back. The 31-year-old developed symptoms during the Test victory against Ireland at Lord's on Saturday, with a scan confirming the injury. Leach has played in all 13 of England's Tests since Ben Stokes took over as captain, taking 45 wickets. A replacement in the squad will be confirmed in due course.

Formula One - Mercedes had their best race of the season with their newly updated car at the Spanish Grand Prix with Max Verstappen coming first and Lewis Hamilton and his team-mate George Russell completing the podium.

Weather

Cloudy with some sunny intervals to begin with. Showers are forecast for this afternoon along the coast. Thunderstorms expected inland in the Alpes Maritimes with a yellow weather alert. Highs of 22 degrees in Nice with scattered showers and a gentle breeze. Monaco, 22 degrees with sunny intervals. 23 degrees in Toulon and Cannes. 21 degrees in Saint Tropez with light rain. This evening going down to 16 degrees and cloudy.

The outlook for tomorrow and Wednesday. Unsettled with a risk of showers and sunny spells. Highs of 22-23 degrees.

Sunrise                05.49am

Sunset                 09.08pm

Beach Weather

Nice – Cloudy, sea temperature 21 degrees. Showers by the afternoon. Air temperature 22 degrees. UV level 9.

Hyeres – Sunny spells, sea temperature 21 degrees. Air temperature 22. UV level 8.

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