French and Riviera News Thursday 31st August 2023

A 14-year-old girl who went missing last week while on holiday on the Riviera has been found safe and sound. Loane was on holiday at a campsite in Mandelieu with her father and his partner, and was due to head home to Reims last Friday. It's believed that she ran away in the early hours of Friday morning after an argument the night before. After launching an appeal on social media, Loane's father said he received some reported sightings of the girl in Cannes, at the Gambetta market and in a cafe. He handed out hundreds of flyers around the city to try to find out what had happened to her. Municipal police spotted her on CCTV yesterday and a patrol picked her up on the Rue d'Antibes. The family, who extended their holiday on the Riviera to maintain their search, can now head home.

Thieves have carried out an armed robbery at a luxury jewellery store on the Croisette in Cannes. The Boucheron store was targeted shortly before 11am yesterday. The thieves fled the scene on a scooter. The value of the stolen goods has not been made public. The Nice judicial police force are in charge of the investigation and have been collecting forensic evidence and witness statements. No one was injured.

The body of a man in his 80s was found floating in the sea in Saint-Raphaël on Wednesday morning. According to reports, the man was fully dressed and carrying a heavy backpack. A police investigation is under way.

Residents on the Boulevard de la Madeleine in Nice are campaigning for more to be done to improve road safety in their neighbourhood. It comes after an 18-month-old boy was struck by a car on a pedestrian crossing on Friday. The child was propelled five meters forward and miraculously escaped with minor head injuries and a fractured nose. The neighbourhood association in the area says three children have been injured on the same stretch of road this year alone. Residents have asked Nice city council for better infrastructure, such as speed bumps and traffic lights. The City of Nice says speed bumps aren't possible because the road is used by Ligne d'Azur buses.

Six cases of West Nile fever, a virus spread by mosquitos, have been detected in the Paca region since the start of the summer. According to the regional health agency, three of those cases were in the Alpes-Maritimes - two in Antibes and one in Cannes. People infected with West Nile virus typically suffer a sudden fever, headaches, muscle pain, swollen glands and occasionally a skin rash.

The Basse Corniche in Cap d'Ail is back open again after Tuesday afternoon's rockfall. A geological expert visited the site yesterday morning, near the Deux Tunnels between Cap d'Ail and Saint-Laurent-d'Eze. A street cleaning team from the Nice metropolitan area cleared the road of debris and the all-clear was given for it to reopen just before noon. There had been big traffic delays in the area, especially on the Moyenne Corniche, as vehicles including public transport had to be diverted.

Demolition work on the Acropolis convention centre in Nice has begun this week. The bulldozers began their work on Wednesday morning, after the preparation phase - including the removal of asbestos in the building - was completed.

Meanwhile, work begins today on a complete renovation of the Promenade de la Mer in Menton. Works will run until the end of April. The pavements will be replaced and three new disabled access ramps to the beach will be built. The renovation was one of the campaign pledges of Menton's new mayor, Yves Juhel, who was elected back in February.

BUSINESS

The number of house and flat sales in the UK this year is set to be the lowest in a decade, according to new figures from property website Zoopla. Its monthly house price index, which tracks the number of homes sold subject to contract, found levels were down a fifth so far compared to 2022. It forecast that sales will be the lowest since 2012 by the end of the year, although it still expected around one million completions to be made in total this year.

Fashion retailer Superdry has suspended trading in its shares as the publication of its accounts have been delayed by auditors. The firm said it expected to publish its results by the end of this week - and that it was working with auditors to have the accounts finalised. Superdry said shares had been suspended as it was required to publish its annual accounts by 29 August under stock market rules.

And Burger King is facing a lawsuit that alleges it makes its Whopper burger appear larger on its menus than it is in reality. The lawsuit in the US accuses the fast food giant of misleading customers by showing the burger with a meatier patty and overflowing ingredients. Rivals McDonald's and Wendy's are facing a similar lawsuit in the US. The class action lawsuit against Burger King alleged that the Whopper was made to look 35% larger, with more than double the amount of meat compared to what was actually served to customers.

SPORT

Cricket - The fees that England's women's cricket players will be paid for international matches have been increased to equal those paid to men with immediate effect. The change was recommended in the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket report, which found discrimination is "widespread" in English and Welsh cricket. It said women's match fees were often less than a quarter of what England's male cricketers were paid. The change applies to fees for each individual appearance. These are in addition to players' regular salaries from the England Cricket Board, which are not impacted by this change.

Football - The global record for transfer spending in a single window has been broken this summer. This summer €7.63 million has been spent worldwide, according to figures collated by Transfermarkt. The Premier League accounted for a third of all football transfer spending. The window remains open, and Premier League teams can make signings until tomorrow night. The next biggest spending on transfers can be found in Saudi Arabia, followed by Italy's Serie A, Germany's Bundersliga, France's Ligue 1 and Spain's La Liga.

Tennis - Andy Murray has called Grand Slam tennis's new video-assisted review system a "farce" after the technology malfunctioned on its first use. The system, similar to VAR in football, is being used for the first time at the US Open. With Murray serving for victory in his New York first-round match, his opponent Corentin Moutet requested the technology to check a double bounce which was called against him by the umpire. The official pulled out a tablet to watch an instant replay of the incident. But, after a long delay, she announced the video review was "not working".

WEATHER

Some light cloud in the Alpes-Maritimes will clear to leave a fine and sunny day throughout the Riviera, light variable winds and temperatures reaching 26 on the Alpes-Maritimes coast and up to 29 in the Var. There'll be clear skies tonight, 18 degrees on the coast and 14 further inland. Friday will again be fine and sunny, 25 degrees celsius in the Alpes-Maritimes and up to 28 in the Var. The weekend at the moment is looking sunny on Saturday, but with rain forecast for Sunday.

BEACH WEATHER

This afternoon on the beach in Nice it'll be fine and sunny, light winds and 25 degrees celsius. The sea temperature is 23 degrees and the UV index is 7. In Saint-Tropez, it'll also be fine and sunny this afternoon, moderate easterly winds and 28 degrees celsius. The water temperature is 21 degrees and UV index is 7.

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