French and Riviera News Monday 9th May 2022

News

Investigation is underway following death of a young man in Villeneuve Loubet - Police have opened an investigation and an individual has been arrested, after a 20-year-old man died during a fight on Saturday in Villeneuve-Loubet. The incident occurred shortly before 11pm in a car park to an amusement park. Emergency services intervened but were unable to save the victim who died at the scene. According to the police the two individuals were not from Villeneuve-Loubet and are believed to be in an irregular situation on national territory. The investigation continues.

Man arrested after attempting to attack a woman with a Stanley knife in Cannes - A 21-year-old man has been arrested and placed in police custody in Cannes after tackling a young woman to the ground armed with a Stanley knife. The incident happened at around 4am on Sunday morning. According to witnesses the individual threatened several passers-by before attacking the woman. Police were quick to arrive at the scene and no one was injured.

Road accident - Two people have been injured, one seriously, in a road accident in the Var on the avenue de la Corniche d’Azur, between Les Issambres and Fréjus. The accident occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning near the Cavo nightclub. The victim seriously injured was airlifted to the Saint-Anne hospital in Toulon.

Meanwhile, three people including two children have been injured in a road accident in Antibes in the Alpes Maritimes. The accident occurred late afternoon on Sunday on the Rue Henri-Laugier. The driver of a car with two children on board reportedly crashed into a parked van around 5pm and ended up on its roof. All three were transported to the Antibes hospital centre as a precaution.

Road works - Road works have begun in Cagnes-sur-mer with traffic being alternated on Rue Maurice-Rostand from today Monday 9th May. During the works parking is prohibited in the area.

Heatwave - Météo France has forecast highs of 30 degrees this week across France warning that the temperature could “even be exceeded” in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

French Monopoly Championships - The 16th edition of the French Monopoly Championships has taken place in Menton at the Palais de L’Europe this weekend. After the qualifying phases on Saturday, 16 players participated in the final phases on Sunday and it was Emilie Cogneras Rebeyre who was crowned champion managing to eliminate her three opponents five minutes from the end of regulation time.

Sainte Dévote Rugby Tournament - Finally, the 10th edition of the Sainte Dévote Rugby Tournament, organized by the Monegasque Rugby Federation in partnership with the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation has taken place in the Principality in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene and their children Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. The tournament welcomed 16 teams from 14 countries. After a day of competition on Saturday, the Montpellier Hérault Rugby team won the international tournament trophy after winning the final against the Apollo Perelini Rugby Skills Academy in Dubai. H.S.H. Prince Albert II presented the trophy to the winning team of the tournament and Mr. Gareth Wittstock, President of the Monegasque Rugby Federation and Secretary General of the Foundation, presented the trophy to the finalist team.

Business

In a press release, the White House has announced that following a meeting held on Sunday the entire G7 has pledged to ban or phase out imports of Russian oil. The press release does not, however, specify exactly what commitments each of the G7 members has made, namely Germany (which holds the presidency this year), Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan, and the UK.

The G7 held its third meeting of the year by videoconference on Sunday, with the participation of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The West has so far shown very close coordination in their announcements of sanctions against Russia, but they are not moving at the same pace when it comes to Russian oil and gas.

The UK has announced a fresh package of sanctions on Russia and Belarus in response to the invasion of Ukraine - targeting £1.7bn of trade. The new import tariffs will cover £1.4bn of goods while the planned export bans are intended to impact products worth more than £250m in sectors of the Russian economy most dependent on UK goods.

According to the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange the value of Bitcoin has continued to fall over the weekend dropping below $34,000 (£27,630). The world's largest cryptocurrency by market value has now fallen by 50% since its peak in November last year. The slide in the value of digital assets comes as stock markets around the world also dropped in recent days. Ethereum, the second biggest cryptocurrency in the world, has also fallen in value, down by more than 10% in the last week.

EasyJet has announced plans to remove seats on some of its planes this summer, so that it can operate flights with fewer cabin crew. Battling with staff shortages the airline is attempting to return to pre-pandemic levels of service. EasyJet said it was an effective way of operating the fleet while "building additional resilience and flexibility" into the airline's operations.

Sport

Football - Manchester City have thrashed Newcastle 5-0 to go three clear at the top of the Premier League. The reigning champions took advantage of Liverpool's draw with Tottenham Hotspur with an impressive response that not only strengthened their position at the Premier League summit but also markedly improved their goal difference.

In the final of the French Cup FC Nantes beat OGC Nice 1-0 at the weekend clinching their first title in 21 years.  

Formula One - Red Bull's Max Verstappen survived a late-race assault from title rival Charles Leclerc's Ferrari to win the Miami Grand Prix. Verstappen's win cut Leclerc's championship lead to 19 points. There is now a two-week break before F1 returns to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Cycling - Mark Cavendish made it two British wins in two days at the Giro d'Italia as he won the third stage on Sunday in Hungary. The 36-year-old was riding the race for the first time since 2013. Today sees the riders fly to Italy for stage four in Sicily on Tuesday.

Tennis - Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz completed a magical week with victory over defending champion Alexander Zverev in the Madrid Open final. The 19-year-old, who had beaten Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in his previous two matches, swept aside the German second seed 6-3 6-1.

Weather

Light cloud to begin with, clearing by this afternoon with clear skies and sunshine. Gentle breeze with highs of 21 degrees along the coast in Nice, Cannes and Antibes, this evening going down to 14 degrees with clear skies. Saint Tropez and the Var highs of 23 degrees. Light winds and sunny, going down to 13 degrees this evening.

The outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday - Remaining fine highs of 21-23 degrees.

And Finally

Garden furniture can easily lead to explosive rows with neighbours as one etiquette guide warns that children’s trampolines, hot tubs, smoky barbecues and fire pits are singled out as the main triggers for neighbourly feuds. The guide, compiled by Price Your Job’s gardening expert Harry Bodell, says trampolines should be placed away from a boundary wall, fence or hedge to make sure anyone jumping cannot see what is going on next door. 

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