French and Riviera News Monday 9th January 2023

News

French President condemns invasion of several institutions in Brazil - French president Emmanuel Macron has called for "respect for democratic institutions" in Brazil and underlined France's "unwavering support" for President Lula, after the invasion of several institutions. According to a separate statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "France condemns in the strongest terms the ongoing violence against three institutions of Brazilian democracy: the Congress, the Presidency of the Republic and the Supreme Court" saying that “these attacks constitute an unacceptable challenge to the result of a democratic election, won without ambiguity on October 30th by President Lula, who took office as President of the Federative Republic of Brazil on January 1st”. Adding that “the will of the Brazilian people, who have spoken sovereignly, must be respected”.

Pension Reform – Meanwhile, in other news, as the French government prepares to unveil its pension reform tomorrow Tuesday, January 10th unions are planning to take action against it. The text will be examined by the Council of Ministers on January 23rd and the bill must pass in committee at the National Assembly from January 30th. The reform is expected to postpone the legal age of retirement to 64 years instead of the current 62.

President of the FFF asked to apologise for comments about Zidane - France’s Sports Minister has demanded an apology from the president of the French Football Federation following his comments about Zinedine Zidane on French radio on Sunday. Asked about the extension of Didier Deschamps for four years as coach of the French team, Noël Le Graët responded to those who demanded the arrival of Zinedine Zidane saying that "Zidane does what he wants, it's none of my business. I've never met him, we never considered parting with Didier”.

Paris court backs organisers of Miss France - A Paris court has backed the organisers of Miss France, dismissing claims from a leading feminist organisation that the beauty contest selection process was discriminatory. The group is considering the possibility of an appeal. Osez-le-Féminisme (Dare to be Feminist), along with three failed contestants, filed a suit against the promoters and producers of Miss France in October 2021, alleging they were breaking French labour laws.

Local

Investigation into death after man falls into river in Menton - Police have opened an investigation following the death of a man in his forties after he fell into a river in Menton at the weekend. Little is known of the exact circumstances. Emergency services were unable to resuscitate the victim who for an unknown reason had fallen into the waters of the Caréi river on Saturday night at around 11.30pm.

8-year-old child found alone on bus after sleepwalking - An 8-year-old child has been found alone on a bus in Cannes after sleepwalking. The child was discovered on Sunday morning and is believed to have left the family apartment in Cannes in the early hours of Sunday and was found safe and sound more than 7km from his home on the bus.

Prom’Classic - Despite the rain some 8,500 people took part in Sunday’s Prom’Classic. Amongst them was 15-year-old Raphaël Courouble who was running to raise awareness and collect funding for research into Lewy body disease which leads to a form of dementia which is a little less known than Alzheimer's but is the second disease which affects the most people in France".  Raphaël completed the Prom'Classic in 43 minutes and 57 seconds, finishing in 13th place in his category.

Tourism - The Côte d'Azur Regional Tourism Committee (CRT) has announced that 2022 has "definitely marked a return to normal" following a drop-in tourist activity in the Alpes Maritimes and Monaco due to covid lockdowns and restrictions. Over the past year, attendance is estimated at more than 10 million stays, leisure, or business which is close to that of 2019, a record year with 11 million visitors.

Business

The UK government has confirmed that single-use items like plastic cutlery, plates and trays will be banned in England. It is not clear when the ban will come into effect, but it follows similar moves already made by Scotland and Wales. Campaigners welcomed the ban but called for a wider-ranging plastic reduction strategy. Government figures suggest that 1.1 billion single-use plates and more than four billion pieces of plastic cutlery are used in England every year.

Tractor maker John Deere has agreed to give its US customers the right to fix their own equipment. Previously, farmers were only allowed to use authorised parts and service facilities rather than cheaper independent repair options. Deere and Co. is one of the world's largest makers farming equipment. Consumer groups have for years been calling on companies to allow their customers to be able to fix everything from smartphones to tractors.

And - British Airways has rolled out its first uniform change in 20 years, offering its 30,000 workers a choice of jumpsuits, hijabs, three-piece suits, and tunics. From spring this year, engineers and ground handling agents will be dressed in the new designs. Design and testing of the new outfits has taken place over the past four years, the airline said, and more than 1,500 staff had input across 50 workshops. The items have also been put through six months of secret trials.

Sport

Football – Manchester City will host Arsenal or Oxford United in the FA Cup fourth round after they beat Chelsea 4-0 on Sunday.

Eight Premier League clubs have already been knocked out of this year's third round and one more top-flight elimination is certain when Liverpool and Wolves meet for their replay.

League leaders Arsenal hope to avoid a similar fate to Villa when they travel to League One side Oxford United on this evening, while Leeds United face a replay against Cardiff City of the Championship.

Rugby Union – Scottish Rugby has announced that Ken Scotland, the former Scotland and British & Irish Lions full-back, has died aged 86.  He made his Scotland debut against France in Paris in the 1957 Five Nations Championship - scoring the points in the 6-0 win - and went on to win 27 caps over the next eight years.

Meanwhile, Tom Curry faces a race against time to be fit for England's Six Nations opener against Scotland after suffering a hamstring strain. The 24-year-old, who has 45 caps, is now a doubt for the Scots' visit to Twickenham on 4 February.

Tennis - Novak Djokovic saved a match point as he beat Sebastian Korda to win the Adelaide International and extend his winning run in Australia to 34 matches. The Serb dropped his first set of the tournament but fought back to win 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-3) 6-4.

Weather

Sunny with gusty winds in the Var and highs of 14 degrees in Toulon and Saint-Tropez going down to 7 degrees this evening with clear skies. Strong winds to continue tomorrow in the Var, highs of 13 degrees in land and 14 degrees along the coast. Wednesday wind expected to die down with sunny intervals highs of 15 in Saint-Tropez and 17 in Toulon.

Sunshine is forecast with strong winds today for Nice and Cannes highs of 17 degrees. 12 degrees inland in Puget Theniers and 10 degrees in Tende. This evening going down to 9 degrees with clear skies.

Outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday remaining sunny, moderate wind and highs of 14-15 degrees.

Sunrise       08.03hr

Sunset        17.11hr

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