French and Riviera News Monday 6th November 2023

News

Weather  - Eight departments were still on an orange weather alert on Sunday following the arrival of storm Domingos at the weekend. Nearly 110,000 homes were without electricity, and the railway network had been severely damaged. Today Monday 6th November, vigilance will be maintained in seven departments due to the risk of flooding. While Domingos was not as severe as Storm Ciaran which hit the region just a few days earlier claiming 3 lives and injuring at least 47 people, it still managed to see winds of 152km/hr hit the coastline in northwestern France and five people were reported injured.

Antisemitic acts have exploded in France since 7 October - According to France’s interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, France has recorded more than a thousand antisemitic acts since the deadly 7th October attack by Hamas gunmen on Israel. The minister has revealed that 486 people had been arrested for such offences, including 102 foreigners. France’s Jewish population, estimated at over 500,000, is the largest in Europe and the third-biggest in the world, after Israel and the US.

Demonstrations to “save Gaza” - More than 300 people have gathered in Toulon in the Var in the name of peace and to “save Gaza”. Sunday saw associations and political movements demonstration in the city’s streets for a third time since the conflict began calling for a “general and immediate ceasefire". Some demonstrators brandished an olive branch to signify the main message of the rally of “working for peace before it is too late”.

Court suspends ban on demonstrations - Meanwhile, the administrative court of Nice in the Alpes Maritimes, has suspended the Prefecture’s ban on demonstrations in support of Palestine for a second time. Demonstration organized on November 4th by the "Collective 06 in Nice calling for a just and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis were allowed to go ahead after the court considered that the ban by the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes, is a serious and illegal attack on freedoms of expression”.

Riviera village wishes to honour French actor - Residents of the Riviera village Gillette want to honour French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo who back in the 90s paid for the renovation of their church after filming in the village in the 1970s. It was in 1972 that Belmondo filmed "La Scoumoune" in Gilette with the opening scenes of the film featuring the village. Residents today propose a plaque on the church, in honour Belmondo who died on September 6th 2021.

Café de Paris to reopen on November 14th - The Société des Bains de Mer will reopen its legendary brasserie the “Cafe de Paris” on November 14th in Monaco. Created in 1868, the building has undergone numerous changes since its opening and was an establishment created from an oversight by architect Jules-Laurent Dutrou, of the Hôtel de Paris, who had not planned a bar or café in his new palace. To make up for it was the boss of the Société des Bains de Mer at the time, François Blanc, who designated the Place du Casino, where stagecoaches and carriages were parked, to build a café.  The establishment was inaugurated in January 1868 under the name "Café-Divan". The Cafe de Paris became the attraction of Monte-Carlo customers who enjoyed a tearoom, restaurant, billiard rooms, a tobacconist, and a perfume shop. The rest is history.

Hiker completes challenge - Finally, a 25-year-old hiker has completed her challenge of spending a night at an altitude of more than 50 m suspended on a porta ledge at the Tête de Chien in La Turbie. Zoé Lemaitre from Grenoble completed a 2,600 km journey from Slovenia to La Turbie ending on the mountainside and facing the sunset.

Business

Tyson Foods, the American meat processor, has announced that it is recalling around 30,000lbs (13,608kg) of chicken nuggets, after metal pieces were found in the product. The firm said the voluntary recall is "out of an abundance of caution". The nuggets were produced at one facility and shipped to distributors in nine US states including Alabama and California. The US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said it had received one report of a minor oral injury.

Billionaire Elon Musk has launched an AI chatbot called Grok on his social media site X. The chatbot is currently only available to selected users. Ahead of its launch Musk wrote in a post on X that, “In some important respects, it is the best that currently exists," boasting that the AI chatbot "loves sarcasm" and would answer questions with "a little humour". However, early signs suggest it suffers from problems common to other artificial intelligence tools.

Meanwhile, in France the car manufacturer DS is to test a ChatGPT with its on-board voice assistant. With the hope of improving communication between the car and its passengers. Since mid-October, DS has been offering its willing customers the opportunity to test a version of its Iris voice assistant with ChatGPT.

And – Faced with inflation in the UK two British people have carried out an experiment on their YouTube channel by doing a food shop in Poland to see if they could save money. On their “Josh & Archie” YouTube channel, which has nearly 1.5 million subscribers, the pair travelled to Poland. From a Lidl in London to one in Poznan, the two purchased 135 products and including air flights, hotel and checking in a bag on the return flight they saved £11.14. Speaking to UK media the two pointed out that the idea was not to suggest a solution to British consumers for obvious reasons such as “not being good for the planet and some products not travelling well” but was rather to illustrate the “ridiculous inflation situation”.

Sport

Tennis - Novak Djokovic won a record-extending seventh Paris Masters trophy and a 40th Masters title in total on Sunday. It is the 36-year-old's sixth title of 2023, which includes three Grand Slam crowns and the Masters trophy.

Football – Liverpool’s Luis Diaz came off the bench to salvage a point for Liverpool with a stoppage-time goal at Luton in his first match since his parents were kidnapped in Colombia. Diaz's father remains missing, and the forward lifted his shirt to show a message of "freedom for papa". He later issued a statement calling for those holding his father to release him "immediately".

In this evening’s Premier League Tottenham are at home to Chelsea kick off is at 9pm French time.

Formula One - Red Bull's Max Verstappen has won the Brazilian Grand Prix to extend his all-time record for wins in a season to 17. Verstappen fended off McLaren's Lando Norris early on before easing away to control the race. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso took the final podium position after a stunning drive in the Aston Martin.

New York Marathon - Ethiopian Tamirat Tola broke a 12-year-old course record as he won the men's race at the New York City Marathon. The 2022 world champion won in a time of two hours, four minutes and 58 seconds on Sunday.

Weather

Mainly fine, with a gentle breeze. Highs of 20 degrees in Nice, Monaco, Cannes and Saint-Tropez. 18 degrees in Toulon, 17 degrees inland in Draguignan in the Var and reaching just 14 degrees in Tende inland in the Alpes Maritimes. This evening going down to 11 degrees along the coast and 3 degrees inland with clear skies.

The outlook for tomorrow and Wednesday fine and sunny with high so of 19-20 degrees.

Sunrise       07.12am

Sunset        05.15pm

 

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