French and Riviera News Thursday 14th October 2021

News 

Disruptions on the trains this morning due to strike action - Strike action is expected to disrupt the region’s train network today with on average one out of every two trains running. According to the SNCF it will not affect TGV Ouigo, Inoui and Intercités which will run as normal. However there will be only two out of five trains running between Marseille and Hyéres, one out of two circulating between Marseille and Nice, three out of five between Toulon and Les Arcs with an additional bus service, one out of four between Les Arcs and Cannes, again with an additional bus service and one out of two trains between Cannes and Ventimiglia.

Building evacuated - A building has been evacuated in Cagnes-sur-Mer after the discovery of shell. The explosive device was found on Wednesday morning. Police intervened and as a precaution, a neighboring building was evacuated.

Rising waters - Researchers have illustrated the rising waters in 180 different places on the planet including Nice. Expressing that “while the threat will not materialize for a few centuries, they added that “it is very real”. Even if global warming is limited to 1.5 ° C - which will be impossible without radical measures according to the UN - sea levels will continue to rise for centuries, flooding in the very long-term cities currently inhabited by half a billion people. This is what has emerged from a study published on October 11th in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

The observation is simple, the more the planet heats up, the more the sea level will rise. The researchers therefore prepared 5 scenarios: + 1.1 ° C: this scenario, the most optimistic, is inevitable according to the researchers, + 1.5 ° C: a scenario that can only be envisaged if we drastically reduce our CO2 emissions, + 2 ° C: a possible scenario, if we reduce our CO2 emissions, + 3 ° C: a probable scenario if we do not reduce our CO2 emissions, + 4 ° C: a probable scenario if we increase our CO2 emissions. In order to visualize their words, the researchers called on illustrators to show the impact it could have, pointing out however that "these sea levels can take hundreds of years to fully happen". Some of the illustrations are devoted to France, in particular to the city of Nice.

French tax authorities - In the coming days, the French tax authorities will launch an experiment in 9 departments with Google to track down undeclared swimming pools or verandas. The aim is to use software capable of automatically detecting an undeclared swimming pool or house extension on aerial images. For this, tax officials will use free access images, which have aerial views of the entire territory. And the software will scan the images and compare them automatically, plot by plot, with the land and tax declarations. A similar experiment launched in the Alpes-Maritimes had found 3,000 undeclared swimming pools in just a few weeks. For the moment, it is an experiment which concerns 9 departments: the Alpes Maritimes, the Bouches-du-Rhône, the Ardèche, the Rhône, the Haute-Savoie, the Vendée, the Maine-et-Loire, the Var and Morbihan. The next step could be drones hovering over properties to detect fraud. In France, it is (for now) prohibited. In recent months, the tax authorities have also been able to use information published on Facebook or Instagram. Twitter, Youtube or Leboncoin.

Screenwriters - The Victorine studios in Nice are hosting Amazon Prime video training for screenwriters. The city of Nice, ENS Louis-Lumière and Prime Video have announced the creation of the "Victorine Narrative Lab", a five-month writing program for the talents of tomorrow. At the end of the workshop, Prime Video will have the opportunity to acquire the rights to the scripts as a priority, and to develop them in partnership with the author: these projects could eventually become the next Amazon Original films. "The call for projects will begin soon" for a program that will run from January to May 2022 at the Victorine studios and online.

Pollution alert in Paris - Paris has been placed on a high air pollution alert today Thursday, October 14th. In a press release published by the air quality association Airparif on Wednesday the levels “are expected to be high due to weather conditions with very little wind”. Authorities in the capital have recommended residents to delay road trips, use teleworking and carpooling if possible.

Health pass - The French government has confirmed that it wants to maintain the power to impose the Covid health pass until July 31, 2022. Speaking after the council of ministers meeting on Wednesday government spokesman Gabriel Attal stressed that this “does not systematically mean that it will” adding that the government makes no apology for their refusal to disarm themselves with regard to the health situation”. The health pass was planned to end on November 15th.

Channel crossing - 36-year-old Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel has achieved her dream of crossing the English Channel more times than anyone else. On Wednesday Chloe completed her 44th crossing overtaking the previous record of British swimmer Alison Streeter.

Eiffel - Eiffel a new film that was released in France on Wednesdaystarring Romain Duris and Emma Mackey of the Netflix series Sex Education, has painted a rather different picture of Eiffel as a hopeless romantic whose monument was as much a landmark to love as a triumph of engineering. Gustave Eiffel, who gave France its famous tower, has long been portrayed as a man of nuts and bolts, a brilliant structural engineer and the architect of iron. The film, directed by Martin Bourboulon, claims to be “freely inspired” by the historical facts and accurately shows how Eiffel was an unpopular figure in late 19th century when his plans for the iron tower, intended to be a symbol of French industrial savoir-faire for the 1889 Universal Exhibition, were unveiled.

First French actor to sign contract with Netflix - Omar Sy has become the first French actor to sign a contract with the Netflix platform. The star actor of the series "Lupine" will be both producer and actor in future projects of the platform. It was the film “Intouchables” that made him known ten years ago in the United States, but it is undoubtedly also down to another success, the series Lupine, which has led to the signing of this unprecedented contract with Netflix.

Car perched on top of bus shelter - Police in the town of Finistère, Brittany have opened an investigation into how a car has ended up perched on the roof of a bus shelter. There have been plenty of suggestions by some local residents including the settling of scores, a prank - or even an art project. The vehicle has since been removed by police with the help of a crane.

Business

France’s Interior Ministry has confirmed the order for 26 Alpine A110 produced by Renault in Dieppe. "Following a call for competition initiated in June 2021, the Ministry of the Interior will acquire the rapid intervention vehicles for the National Gendarmerie in France. Renault won the contract, with the Alpine A110 Pure model.

Sales of camembert have been declining in France for several years, however mozzarella is booming and for the first time in 2021 sales of the Italian cheese have exceeded those of French cheese. Camembert is softening in France. Sales of the country's emblematic cheese have been crumbling by 3 to 4% per year. The French still consumed more than 55,000 tonnes at the start of the 2010s, or the equivalent of 3.5 camembert’s per French person each year. However, despite a rather good year it is no longer the favourite in the hearts of the French. The pride of France has taken a hit since the most consumed cheese now comes from the other side of the Alps.

A complaint has been filed against McDonald's France, which stands accused of using social media influencers to send out hidden advertising messages to children. The consumers’ association UFC-Que Choisir said the fast food chain was guilty of "deceptive business practices" after it spotted forbidden and undisclosed “partnerships” in programmes intended for young people.   

In the UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said that shoppers can be reassured ministers are doing "absolutely everything they can" to fix supply chain issues. In recent days, several retailers have warned of potential shortages during the Christmas shopping season.

Sport 

Formula One - Williams have committed themselves to becoming climate positive by 2030 as part of a new sustainability strategy for the Formula 1 team. And Williams have become the first F1 team to sign up to the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework. Climate positive means an organisation is removing more carbon from the atmosphere than it is producing. Chief executive officer Jost Capito said Williams would be "developing advanced technology to meet this goal".

Football - Wales and Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks has revealed he has been diagnosed with cancer. The 24-year-old said he will start treatment next week. Brooks, who has won 21 Wales caps, was on international duty last week and credits the Wales medical team for helping detect the illness.

Golf – Tributes have been paid to respected golf broadcaster and journalist Renton Laidlaw, who has died, aged 82. Laidlaw reported on 58 Open Championships and 42 Masters during his career, which included extensive work for the BBC. The Scot was BBC golf correspondent for 15 years and presented Sport on 2.

Rugby Union - Scotland have selected South Africa-born Sharks back-row Dylan Richardson for a two-day training camp before their first autumn international. Head coach Gregor Townsend has called up 14 uncapped players in total. Scotland begin their autumn programme against Tonga at Murrayfield on Saturday, 30 October.

Tennis - British number two Cameron Norrie has beaten American Tommy Paul in three sets to reach the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters.

Weather 

Mainly fine becoming increasingly cloudy by this afternoon with a gentle breeze, highs of 19 degrees in Monaco, Nice and Antibes. This evening going down to 13 degrees along the coast.

The outlook for Friday and the start of the weekend - Remaining fine with some passing cloud and highs of 19-20 degrees.

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