French and Riviera News Monday 7th October 2019


Motorcyclist killed on the region’s road - A 58-year-old motorcyclist has been killed in a road accident. The incident occurred on Sunday evening at around 6pm on the road heading into Saint Vallier de Thiey. The motorcyclist reportedly hit a pickup truck head on as it was turning off the main road. Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward as part of the investigation into the accident. 

Meanwhile in the Var a motorist has been killed after his vehicle hit a tree head on. The accident happened on Sunday afternoon in Nans-les-Pins. No other vehicles were involved however two other passengers a woman and young child were taken to hospital in a critical condition. Police have opened an investigation.

Wedding canceled due to disruptive behaviour - The mayor of Nice Cristian Estrosi has cancelled a wedding at the town hall of Nice following disruptive behavior during the procession to the town hall. The wedding was due to be held on Saturday morning but following reports from local police the mayor announced his decision to adjourn the event. It is not the first time that the Mayor of Nice has acted against wedding parties which have been deemed “too disruptive during the procession” to the town hall. Police will examine CCTV footage and the couple have been invited to return to the town hall for the ceremony this morning.

Disruption to the region’s train network - Trains were halted between Ventimiglia and Nice on Sunday following rock fall on the line. The SNCF announced that no trains were running following the incident which occurred at 6am at Eze sur mer train station. Traffic was also disrupted between Nice and Grasse.

Village of Gourdon under threat - Known as one of the "most beautiful villages in France" residents of Gourdon have created an association against plans for a real estate project in the village. Placed at the top of a cliff, Gourdon offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean coast stretching from Theoule to Nice. The association is opposed to plans announced in April during a meeting with the mayor, to build a modern residence of about twenty Californian style houses. Despite a petition of 3,000 signatures in July the building permit was filed on the 24th July and is now in the hands of the Prefect.

Drivin with Nico – A rally with former Formula One racing driver Nico Rosberg is taking place from today until Wednesday. The public is invited to come and see the cars taking part, which will include some of the rarest and most valuable cars in the world. For more information and details of the rally go to


Protest in Paris - An estimated 75,000 people have taken part in a Paris demonstration against government plans to legalise fertility treatment for single women and lesbians. The crowd marched from the French Senate towards the nearby Tour Montparnasse skyscraper, chanting "Liberty, Equality, Paternity". President Emmanuel Macron pledged during his 2017 election campaign to push the law despite deep resistance from rightwing opponents as well as conservative Roman Catholics and other religious groups.

Brexit - French president Emmanuel Macron has given Boris Johnson until the end of the week to present a revised Brexit proposal to EU leaders. The EU dismissed Mr Johnson's proposals for an exit agreement - which include a plan for customs check on the Northern Irish border - as unworkable. Mr Macron has now echoed this, saying that the UK must review its plans before the upcoming EU summit.

France’s interior minister - France's interior minister has acknowledged that officials should have kept a closer eye on the Paris police employee who stabbed four colleagues to death last week, after investigators found evidence that the perpetrator supported an extreme version of Islam. Christophe Castaner has come under fire after initially claiming that Mickael Harpon, a 45-year-old computer expert at the Paris police headquarters, had never given the "slightest reason for alarm" ahead of Thursday's attack. Investigators have since revealed that Harpon had in fact been in contact with an extreme branch of Islam.


HSBC is set to cut 10,000 jobs in a bid to reduce costs across the banking group.

The Financial Times reports that the new interim HSBC chief executive Noel Quinn will attempt the bank’s most ambitious attempts to cut costs in several years with job cuts mainly focusing on highly-paid roles.

The FT says that the bank could announce the start of its latest cost-cutting drive and job cuts when it reports third quarter earnings later this month.

Noel Quinn became interim chief executive at HSBC in August after the surprise departure of John Flint was announced by the bank.

HSBC cited reasons for the departure as a need to change at the top to address a “challenging global environment”.

A source close to the matter told Reuters in August that Mr Flint had left following differences of opinion with HSBC chairman Mark Tucker including on cutting costs.


The consumer goods giant Unilever has promised to halve the amount of new plastic that it uses over the next 5 years.

Unilever currently produces 700,000 tonnes of new plastic each year but it now plans to slash the amount by using more recycled plastic,creating more useable bottles and finding alternative materials.

The firm which owns a host of household names including Surf ,PG Tips and Walls comes following similar announcements from other big companies.

However ,Unilever’s chief executive Alan Jope said that he didn’t believe that the firm should ditch plastic altogether  and that a move to glass would have a “dreadful effect” on the carbon footprint of packaging.


And-The Chemicals and seed giant Bayer has announced that a pending US lawsuit over claims related to its controversial weedkiller Roundup  has been delayed until at least February next year.

A trial was due to start in St Louis on the 15th of October but has now been delayed as a mediator attempts to negotiate a settlement between the firm and US plaintiffs.

Last year ,a jury in California found that Bayer’s subsidiary Monsanto should have warned users of alleged cancer risks from Roundup.

Bayer’s share price has been increasingly hit as more and more people join class action against the firm over the weed killer.

There are currently more than 18,000 people who are blaming Roundup for causing them to contract cancers.



There were two games at the World Cup on Sunday.

New Zealand confirmed their place in the last 8 with a 71-9 victory over Namibia in Pool B while France stuttered again in a tight 23-21 win over Tonga in Pool C which confirmed their place in the quarter finals.

France will now play England next Saturday to see who tops Pool C with Australia or Wales waiting for the winners.

The France coach Jacques Brunel says that the squad will need to “go back to basics” before facing England.

Tonga ran France close in Sunday’s match  and Brunel said that there were too many handling errors  with stand-in captain Jefferson Poirot admitting that they have a “ lot of work to do”.

There are no games today but tomorrow South Africa play Canada in Pool B.

Football-There were 4 games in the English Premier League on Sunday with Manchester City suffering a shock 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Wolves and Manchester United going down 1-0 at struggling Newcastle.

Arsenal moved up to third thanks to a 1-0 win over Bournemouth and Chelsea are up to 5th on the back of a 4-1 win at Southampton.

Rangers are top of the Scottish Premiership this morning after beating Hamilton 5-0.Celtic slip to second after losing 2-0 at Livingston.

Athletics-The USA won the men’s 4x400 meters relay on Sunday on the last day of the World Athletics Championships in Doha.

Great Britain didn’t finish following a baton mix-up.

The USA topped the final medals table with 14 golds with Kenya second on 5 and Jamaica and China with 3 each.


Mainly fine with light variable winds.

Top temperature 23 degrees.

Overnight lows of 15 degrees on the coast and 10 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Mainly fine with highs of 22-24 degrees.


Scientist have revealed that women are likely to fall for binge drinkers — because boozing could be a way to woo them,

Research suggests sinking large amounts of alcohol delivers a “sexual signal” that indicates the male is “healthy and strong”.

Experts said binge boozing also provides personal information about a drinker’s character that would be used in assessing a mate’s worth.











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