French and Riviera News Thursday 3rd October 2019


Man suffers a cardiac arrest on the tram in Nice - The tramline in Nice has come to a standstill after a passenger suffered a cardiac arrest on Wednesday. Emergency services were at the scene at 5.30pm after the 71-year-old man fell ill but were unable to revive the victim who later died as a result.

Meanwhile an accident on the A8 motorway has caused long delays. Several vehicles and a lorry were involved in a collision on Wednesday evening causing chaos during rush hour traffic. The accident occurred eastbound just before the Villeneuve Loubet exit. No casualties were reported.

Saint Tropez port without power - The harbor at St Tropez has been without power. The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon with reports saying that smoke was seen coming from part of the port infrastructure and it’s believed an overheating circuit may be to blame. Fire services were at the scene and an investigation has been launched.

Weather warning - Les Bouches de Rhône region remains on a yellow weather alert today until 11am. The region had been placed on the alert Wednesday evening following the risk of strong winds.

Athletes tee off for Princess Charlene: Over a hundred people turned out on Wednesday evening at the yacht club here in Monaco for a cocktail to launch the Princess of Monaco Cup, an invitation-only golf tournament that takes place Thursday at the Monaco-Carlo Golf Club. MC  Eddie Jordan enlisted the help of Victoria Silvstedt for a draw to pair 18 celebrity athletes with 18 teams. This inaugural event is sponsored by Richard Mille and all funds raised go to the Foundation. After a friendly round of play starting at 8:30 this morning, the 18 teams at the Princess of Monaco Cup will reconvene for lunch at 1 pm and then again later for a celebratory evening at Jimmy’z.

Pink Ribbon Monaco - The American actress and director Jodie Foster will participate in the screening of a documentary this evening in which she participated. The film tells the story of the life of the director Alice Guy Blaché. For the ninth year in a row, the Principality joins International Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and the team of Pink Ribbon Monaco has chosen to show the film entitled "Be Natural" at the Cinema des Beaux-Arts here in Monaco. The documentary dedicated to the life of Alice Guy Blaché, a French pioneer of world cinema,  is directed by Pamela B. Green and narrated by Jodie Foster .Following the screening, Jodie Foster, Pamela Green and French director Anne Fontaine will answer questions from the audience.


March of anger - Thousands of French police officers have joined a "march of anger" in Paris to protest against a range of issues, including rising suicides and poor working conditions. The action on Wednesday marked the first mass police strike in France since 2001. Participants also said there had been a rise in hostility towards police officers. Unions say 52 police officers have taken their own lives so far this year.

Lubrizol factory fire - French Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe has announced that the public authorities “do not know the exact impact on public health following the fire at the Lubrizol chemical factory in Rouen”. Phillipe made the announcement on Wednesday Residents in the French city of Rouen have been protesting against what they say is a cover up following a massive fire at a chemical storage facility accusing the government of a lack of transparency. Four French ministers have visited the site since Thursday all reassuring the public “that there is no risk” facing strong criticism due to the lack of evidence to back this up. Some French journalists have also criticized the media coverage, which was in their view played down due to the death of former French president Jacques Chirac. Chirac death coincided with news of the fire last Thursday.  

Climate emergency - A group of 150 French citizens, from unemployed people to pensioners and factory workers, will this week begin advising the French president Emmanuel Macron on how France can cut carbon emissions to tackle the climate emergency. The panel was chosen by selecting people, aged from 16 to over 65, from towns and villages across France.  Coming from various backgrounds and professions, the citizens will be asked to consider the role of individuals, and society as a whole – covering housing, work, transport, food, shopping and methods of production — and suggest solutions for cutting emissions, which will be put before parliament.


Stock markets in Asia have followed Wall Street and Europe this morning with fresh concerns over trade and global growth rattling investors.

Japan’s Nikkae 225 index dropped by 2.2 percent after opening with Australia’s ASX 200 down by 2.1 percent.

On Wednesday ,the FTSE 100 in London plunged by 3.2 percent with other European markets taking a hit and Wall Street also down sharply.

The falls are being put down to weak US manufacturing data coupled with a World Trade Organisation ruling that the United States is entitled to impose tariffs on EU goods.

Soft US job data and manufacturing reports are adding to concerns that there are cracks appearing in the American economy ,adding to worries over trade wars ,global growth and Brexit.


The United States has been given the go-ahead to impose tariffs on 7.5 billion dollars worth of goods imported from the EU.

The latest development which comes following a ruling from the World Trade Organisation is the next phase of a 15 year old battle between the two economic blocs over illegal subsidies for the planemakers Airbus and its rival Boeing.

The WTO ruling means that from the 18th of October ,the US will be entitled to impose tariffs on a range of European goods from cheese to olives and scotch whisky.

Brussels has threatened to retaliate with similar tariffs.

US trade officials say that the tariffs will be set at 10 percent for aircraft and 25 percent on agricultural and other items.


And-The chief executive of Tesco has made the surprise announcement that he’s to step down.

Dave Lewis will leave next year after leading a turnaround plan for the UK’s largest supermarket chain.

Mr Lewis  said that the decision was “personal” .He’ll be replaced by Ken Murphy who’s held senior positions at Walgreens-the owner of the chemist Boots.

Mr Lewis announced his departure as Tesco unveiled a 6.7 percent rise in first half profits to 494 million pounds.

Tesco chairman John Allan said that he’d accepted the chief executive’s resignation with “regret”.



There were 2 games at the World Cup on Wednesday.

France failed to impress against the United States and had three late tries to thank for the score line looking better than it should have in a 33-9 win in Pool C.

In Pool B New Zealand overpowered Canada 63-0.

There are two games today.Ireland need to get their campaign back on track after their defeat against Japan but they should be too good for Russia in Pool A.Kick off is at 12.15 French time.

In Pool d Fiji are playing Georgia.

Football-There were 8 games in the European Champions League last night.

Liverpool got a nervy 4-3 win over Red Bull Salzburg in Group E while Chelsea were 2-1 winners at Lille in Group H.

There are a stack of games in the Europa League tonight.Wolves are away at Besiktas in Group K.Manchester United travel to AZ Alkmaar in Group L.Arsenal host Standard Liege in Group F while Celtic host Cluj in Group E and Rangers visit Young Boys in Group G.

Athletics-Dina Asher-Smith has become the first British woman to win a major global sprint title as she won the 200 meters last night.

The 23 year old came home in a time of 21.88 second-a new British record with Britanny Brown taking the silver and Mujinga Kambudji the bronze.

Grant Holloway of the United States took gold in the men’s 110 meters hurdles while Katerina Johnson-Thompson leads at the half way stage of the women’s heptathlon.

The USA still leads the medals table with 8 golds.China ,Jamaican and Kenya have two golds each.

Cricket-Ben Stokes has been named as the Professional Cricketers’ Association Player of the Year.

Stokes helped England to win the World Cup and was also England’s best player in the Ashes series against Australia.

Tennis-Andy Murray is through to the quarter finals of the China Open after beating fellow Briton Cameron Norrie.

Murray won in three sets in a match lasting nearly 3 hours in Beijing.

It’s the first time that he’s won two singles matches in a row on the ATP Tour sinc returning from hip resurfacing surgery.


Clear skies with light to moderate south westerly winds.

Top temperature 25 degrees.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast and 10 degrees inland with clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Mainly fine with highs of 21-25 degrees.


A bacon-loving cyclist reckons he is in great shape after scoffing nearly 11,000 bacon sarnies.

Steve Grice, 47, who has had one for breakfast every day, welcomed news ruling out a link to cancer.

The businessman said: “I have never been worried about eating bacon sandwiches. I just think people should eat what they enjoy, in moderation.

“I have had a bacon sandwich every single day for as long as I can remember. Sometimes, I even have two a day, I love them.













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