French and Riviera News Thursday 15th September 2022

News

Football supporter to appear before Nice Criminal Court today - The Parisian football supporter, who fell from the football stand at Allianz Riviera stadium during the Nice-Cologne match, is to appear before the Criminal Court of Nice today Thursday 15th September. He faces a 3-year prison sentence and a fine of 45,000 euros. Violent clashes broke out provoked by German and Parisian supporters following the incident ahead of the match on Thursday September 8th resulting in at least 32 injuries.

Energy tariff shield to be extended - French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has said that the energy tariff shield will be extended into the beginning of next year. She said that gas prices will be limited to an increase of 15% in January and electricity prices to 15% in February. Any increases beyond that will be paid for by the state. She said that the tariff shield would mean that an average household which heats with gas would see an increase of 25 euros per month instead of about 200 euros per month without the shield. An average household which heats with electricity would see an increase of 20 euros per month instead of 180 euros. The Prime Minister added that financial support amounting to 100 or 200 euros depending on income, will be given to the 12 million households in France with the most modest incomes, which will be about four in ten households. Energy Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher, who was also present at the press conference on Wednesday afternoon, added that the energy vouchers would also be sent to those heating with fuel oil. The Prime Minister said that there will be no gas or electricity cuts this winter if everyone acts responsibly.

Road lighting to be turned off from 11pm to 5am in certain sectors - From the 30th October several road sections in and around Nice will be plunged into darkness as lights will be turned off from 11pm to 5am. These will include but is not limited to, the Voie Rapide, parts of the Promenade des Anglais, the coast roads of Saint-Laurent, roads on the outskirts of Vence and the basse and Moyenne corniche in Eze.  

Opponents to the demolition of Nice’s National Theatre in court today - As the destruction of the National Theatre of Nice continues opponents to the project are to meet in court today Thursday September 15th, to attempt to save what remains of the historic building.

Study claims that cases of dengue fever set to rise in Nice - According to a recent study in fifty years’ time Nice will be the city in Europe where the spread of dengue fever will be the highest. Authors of the study say that global warming boosts the vectorial capacity of the tiger mosquito, that is to say its ability to transmit a virus from one subject to another. Imported from Asia the tiger mosquito appeared for the first time in France in 2004, in Menton. It has since been identified in 67 French departments.

Mini tornado - A mini tornado has hit the coastal area of Hyeres in the Var leading to the closure of parks and beaches until further notice. On Wednesday a gust of wind uprooted several century-old pines on the edge of Beau-Rivage Park, on this part of the coast very popular with tourists.

State ordered to pay nearly 4 million euros to RCT - Toulon rugby club the RCT, has won a court case against the State for failure to pay covid aid for which it was eligible. Following the hearing at the administrative court of Toulon the State has been ordered to pay nearly 4 million euros to the club.

Television fan appears 28 times on show - A fan of the television programme “N’oubliez pas les paroles” or “don’t forget the lyrics” aired on France 2 every weekday, has managed to collect more than 150,000 euros after appearing  a record 28 times on the show. Asked about her unique adventure the young woman from the Var said she couldn’t “believe it”.   

Business

Air France has announced a 5% salary increase together with a bonus of 1,000 euros, to all its employees. More than 38,000 Air France employees are concerned from “ground staff, cabin crew and pilots”. The airline made the announcement on Wednesday saying that it was in response to inflation. On Tuesday, the French government revised its inflation forecast for this year upwards, from 5% to 5.3%, and indicated that it expected a high price increase at least until February 2023.

The state of California has accused Amazon of violating competition law with practices that prevent sellers from offering lower prices elsewhere. The lawsuit from America's most populous state says the moves have hurt rivals and made online shopping more expensive for everyone. It marks the biggest legal threat Amazon has faced in the US. But a similar lawsuit was dismissed in the US earlier this year for insufficient evidence of higher prices.

UK Chancellor is considering removing a cap on bankers' bonuses as part of a post-Brexit shake-up of City rules. Sources said no final decisions had been made, but confirmed the chancellor considered it a way of making London a more attractive place for global banks to do business. City bosses have long complained about the EU-wide bonus rules which cap bonuses at twice an employee's salary. They say they lead to higher base pay that pushes up banks' fixed costs.

The billionaire founder of the outdoor fashion retailer Patagonia says he has given away his company to a charitable trust. Yvon Chouinard who founded the company back in 1973 said that under a new ownership structure, any profit not reinvested in running the business would go to fighting climate change. This will amount to around $100bn ($86bn) a year, he claimed, depending on the health of the company. Patagonia sells hiking and other outdoor clothing in over 10 countries.

Sport

Tennis - Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury lost a late-night doubles decider as Great Britain were beaten 2-1 by the United States in their Davis Cup group opener. Briton Cameron Norrie had fought back to beat Taylor Fritz and level the tie after Dan Evans lost to Tommy Paul. GB play two more ties in Glasgow as they aim for November's knockout stage. A minute's silence was held at the start of the match following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the British players are wearing black armbands or ribbons for their three Group D ties this week.

London Marathon - Participants at next year's London Marathon will be able to register as non-binary, rather than male or female. Speaking to reporter’s director Hugh Brasher said that the change, which does not affect the elite races, will be a "significant step" in improving the race's inclusion. The Boston Marathon had announced a similar change earlier this week. The 2023 London Marathon will return to its traditional springtime slot for the first time in four years when it takes place on Sunday 23 April.

Weather

Some cloud to begin with clearing by this afternoon giving way to sunshine. A fresh breeze with highs of 31 degrees in Nice, 30 degrees in Saint Paul de Vence and 28 degrees just over the border in San Remo. This evening going down to 20 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and the Var with clear skies.

The outlook for tomorrow and Saturday; remaining fine highs of 25-28 degrees. A risk of some scattered showers along the coast in Nice and Monaco by Saturday afternoon.

Sunrise: 07.09                    Sunset: 19.40

Sea temperature:    25     UV level:  6

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