French and Riviera News Thursday 2nd November 2023


Record winds recorded in northwestern France with the arrival of Storm Ciaran - According to Meteo France record winds have been recorded in the Finistère region with gusts of up to 193km/hr and the overnight arrival of Storm Ciaran which is making its way over from the South of England. One person has been slightly injured in Britanny after a falling tree caused a road accident and several towns in the Côtes-d'Armor are without electricity. 40 trees have fallen in the Morbihan. The Finistère, the Côtes-d'Armor and the Manche remain on a red alert due to high winds and the Morbihan is placed on an orange alert for wind, rain-flooding and high waves. Locally, as storm Ciaran makes its way across France the Bouches du Rhone, the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes regions have been placed on an orange weather warning from this afternoon due to high winds and flooding.

Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation - H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco has travelled to his mother’s hometown Philadelphia, to present his Foundation's prizes to the winners who are working for “planetary health”. It was an opportunity for Prince Albert to reunite with members of his family while attending the ceremony and congratulating the winner, young activist Dominique Palmer, a climate justice campaigner based in the UK. The pandemic, in recent years, had complicated the tradition of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (FPA2) and its annual awards ceremony being held in Monaco and abroad. Launched in 2006 by Prince Albert the Foundation aims to advance the health of the planet and support coherent environmental projects.

France is Europe’s biggest supporter of “carbon bomb” extraction projects - Recent data has shown that France is Europe’s biggest supporter of “carbon bomb” extraction projects. Since world leaders gathered in the French capital to sign the Paris agreement in 2015, where they promised to try to stop the planet heating by 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, French banks have financed companies planning or operating carbon bombs amounting to $154bn.

Cyclist in critical condition after accident on the Prom - A cyclist is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a car on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on Wednesday afternoon. The 70-year-old cyclist was immediately taken to hospital. The cause of the collision is unknown.

#I LOVE NICE - If you live in Nice, you may be wondering where the “#I Love Nice” sign has gone? Well, there is no need to panic, as it will be back in ten days’ time. The sign has been removed in order to dismantle the monkey sculpture by Orlinski which had been added to it. It will also be an opportunity for the local council to give the original sign a good clean.  

Small village against arrival of a McDonalds - Residents in the village of Sérignan in the Vaucluse have opposed to the planned arriveal of a McDonald’s restaurant.  Of the 3,000 inhabitants of the small town, more than 800 have signed a petition to say no to the fast-food restaurant.

French language - The “International City of the French Language” located outside of Paris, opened its doors to the public on November 1st and is an opportunity to learn more about the French language which allows more than 320 million people to communicate around the world. French is used by 321 million speakers, making it the 5th most spoken language in the world after English, Chinese, Hindi and Spanish. It is the 4th most present language on the Internet, behind English, Spanish and Arabic. According to Xavier North who has been involved in the creation of the “International City of the French language” a visit to the permanent exhibition will reveal the thousand and one secrets of the French language and how at the time of the French Revolution, only a third of French people spoke French.  

Boxing - The Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer is organizing the Monte-Carlo Showdown this Saturday with an evening of boxing. This Saturday, the famous Casino will be transformed into a boxing ring. Eddie Hearn, President of Matchroom Sport who is organising the event, said it is an honour to return to Monaco and the incredible Casino de Monte-Carlo.

Life after death - A new survey has revealed that 31% of French people believe in life after death. The Ifop survey questioned 1,000 people on their beliefs regarding the afterlife. 36%of people are of the opinion that there is no life after death and one third of respondents were unsure. The number believing in an afterlife has fallen by 6% since 1970 but is unchanged since a similar survey in 2018. Significantly more people below the age of 35 say that there is life after death than those above that age.


The US central bank has been seeking to stabilise price rises, which had recently reached near-record levels and has now managed to hold its key interest rate at its current 22-year high. The bank has been raising borrowing costs with the hope of cooling the economy and slowing inflation. The news comes after recent data showed the US economy grew faster than expected.

The boss and three other officials of an Indonesian firm whose cough syrup was linked to the deaths of over 200 children have been sentenced to jail. They were handed two-year prison sentences and fined $63,029 each. The firm, Afi Farma, was accused of producing cough syrups containing excess amounts of toxic substances. The company's lawyer said they denied negligence and the firm was considering whether to appeal.

And - Prosecutors have accused former crypto boss Sam Bankman-Fried of deceit as his US fraud trial draws to a close, claiming he repeatedly lied to customers, the public and the jury. Mr Bankman-Fried is facing charges of fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors say he precipitated the collapse of his cryptocurrency exchange, FTX, by stealing billions of dollars from customers. He denies the charges and has claimed he was acting in "good faith".


Rugby Union - Eddie Jones insists he has no regrets about resigning as Australia head coach after less than a year in charge. The Wallabies failed to reach the knockout stages of the recent World Cup, a first in their history.

Tennis - Novak Djokovic began his bid for a record-extending seventh Paris Masters title with a fluent display in his first singles match in over six weeks. Serbia's Djokovic, who had not played since a Davis Cup match on 15 September, won 6-3 6-2 against Argentina's Tomas Martin Etcheverry. The 24-time major champion will face Tallon Griekspoor in the last 16.

Cycling - Dutch rider Jeffrey Hoogland has smashed the men's 1km time trial world record by almost a second. The current world champion posted a time of 55.433 seconds in Mexico as he beat Francois Pervis' 2013 benchmark. The Frenchman's time of 56.303 seconds had been the longest standing track world record.

Cricket - South Africa are on the brink of clinching a World Cup semi-final berth after a 190-run thrashing of New Zealand.

Football - Newcastle United claimed their second Old Trafford victory over Manchester United since 1972 winning 3-0 last night.


Cloudy with thundery showers. Meteo France has announced an orange weather alert from 3pm this afternoon in the Var and the Alpes Maritimes coastal areas due to high winds and rain. Highs of 19 degrees in Nice, Monaco and Saint-Tropez. This evening going down to 11 degrees with cloudy skies.

The outlook for Friday and heading into the weekend. Unsettled feeling cooler with highs of just 18 degrees and strong winds. Light showers forecast for Saturday. Strong winds on Sunday with clear skies. Highs of 19 degrees.

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