French and Riviera News Thursday 5th May 2022

News

French President prepares plan for the environment - French President Emmanuel Macron has met with climate experts to prepare his "ecological plan”. The two-hour meeting took place at the Elysée on Wednesday and is part of a campaign placing the environment at the centre of his programme. Several times the High Council for Climate has judged that France was not on the right track or doing enough, to meet its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Eze included in list of coastal areas facing threat of erosion – Meanwhile, the village of Eze in the Alpes-Maritimes has been included in a list of priority coastal areas, which are facing the threat of erosion. Published by the French government the list includes 126 French municipalities which must adapt to prevent coastal erosion which is aggravated by global warming. According to the national indicator of coastal erosion, around a fifth of the France’s coastline is concerned, particularly in Brittany and Normandy. The Climate and Resilience law of 2021 provides new provisions for municipalities facing the rise in sea level with mayors having to produce maps of the risk of coastal erosion at 30 and 100 years, a map which will serve as the basis for new rules concerning planning permission and could also include a ban on building.

In other news

Road checks in the Var - Two motorcyclists have been placed in police custody following road checks in Hyères in the Var. Both were found to be driving without a license. Police in the Var have stepped up road checks this week following a weekend of fatal road accidents in the region.

Cyclist airlifted to hospital following fall – Meanwhile, a cyclist has been seriously injured after a fall in Cuers in the Var on Wednesday afternoon. The woman in her sixties was airlifted to hospital in Toulon.

Man reported missing after going for a swim is found safe and sound - A man in his thirties reported to missing after going for a swim in Cannes on Wednesday, has been found safe and sound. Police were alerted at noon after a family member reported the man missing. Sea rescue services intervened but several hours later the man was found at his local bakery.

Carpooling gaining ground in Monaco - Thanks to an application adopted a year and a half ago by the Monegasque government, home-to-work carpooling is gaining ground in the Principality. Launched in September 2020 with the Klaxit application, carpooling is gaining new followers every day among employees in the Principality. They are now 2,800 registered for 1,300 users. In April, they broke the record with 6,000 carpool trips in the month.

MicMac to return to the port of Saint-Tropez - Thirty years after its closure, MicMac is to reopen its historic boutique on the port of Saint-Tropez. The women’s clothing brand made famous by Brigitte Bardot and Gunter Sachs closed its shop in 1989 two years after Bernard Tapie acquired the brand.

Neymar loses 25,000 euros in game of poker - Brazilian footballer Neymar, who plays for Paris Saint Germain, has lost 25,000 euros in a poker game in Monaco. The football star who wishes to become a professional poker player when he hangs up his boots, participated in the European Poker Tour in Monaco at the weekend, finishing 29th out of the 74 participants registered.

Chanel Cruise show - Today for the first time the Monte-Carlo Beach will host the Chanel Cruise show. The French fashion house will present its cruise collection also known as “resort wear” with an inter season line of ready to wear clothing.

Speaking clock in France to come to an end - The speaking clock in France is due to come to an end on the 1st of July. Orange which is responsible for the service said that the service would end on that day because of equipment reaching the end of its life and the falling number of users.

Best baguette in La Turbie - A boulangerie in La Turbie has won the prize for the best baguette in the Alpes Maritimes. Organized each year by the Federation of master bakers and pastry bakers, the competition aims to distinguish the best baguette, but not just any baguette: the traditional French baguette. Ma Première Boulangerie, was taken over by Pierre Briand three years ago after being closed for several years. Located in the heart of the village it now boasts the best baguette in the Alpes Maritimes for 2022.

Business

The US central bank has announced its biggest interest rate increase in more than two decades as it toughens its fight against fast rising prices. The Federal Reserve said it was lifting its benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point. With US inflation at a 40-year high, further hikes are expected. India's central bank on Wednesday announced a surprise increase to its benchmark rate, while Australia's central bank recently enacted its first interest rate hike in more than a decade. The Bank of England is also widely expected to raise rates on Thursday, which would be the fourth increase since December.

Uber has made a $5.9bn (£4.7bn) loss. The firm said almost all of the loss was a result of the fall in the value of investments in businesses including two Asian ride-hailing giants. Despite the loss, Uber's boss highlighted its progress in recovering from the impact of the pandemic.

Apple is to sue a start-up accusing it of seizing sensitive data from former employees. Rivos which designs chips for telephones and computers has attracted 40 former Apple employees since last June and according to Apple, hundreds of gigabytes of data relating to Apple chips which were under development were taken from staff before they left the company.

MPs in the UK have invited Elon Musk to parliament wishing to quiz him about his planned purchase of Twitter. The Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said it wanted to hear more about the billionaire's plans to balance "free speech" with "obligations to protect Twitter's users". There are concerns Mr Musk has plans to relax content rules, which critics say could increase hate speech on the site. But others have welcomed his commitment to protect freedom of expression.

Sport

Football - Manchester City have suffered one of the most remarkable Champions League collapses as Real Madrid won 3-1 on Wednesday setting them up for a final showdown with Liverpool.

Billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe says he is "not giving up" on taking over Chelsea despite "disappointing communication" over his £4.25bn offer. Ratcliffe made the late bid for the Premier League club on Friday.

And the shirt Diego Maradona wore when he scored the 'Hand of God' goal for Argentina against England at the 1986 World Cup has sold for a record £7.1m. It is the highest price ever paid for a piece of sports memorabilia.

Tennis - Rafael Nadal's latest comeback from injury began with a straight-set win over Miomir Kecmanovic as he moved into the Madrid Open third round. Spain's Nadal, 35, secured a 6-1 7-6 (7-4) victory in his first match since March following a rib injury. Britain's Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans also won their second-round matches.

Cricket - England have dropped to sixth in the world Test rankings and now hold their lowest points total for 27 years. England have dropped a place below Pakistan and their points rating of 88 is their lowest since 1995. Australia is top of the annually-updated rankings followed by India, New Zealand, South Africa and Pakistan. England, who named all-rounder Ben Stokes as their new captain after Joe Root's resignation, play New Zealand in their next Test series in June.

Cycling - Two men have denied robbing Olympic and Tour de France cyclist Mark Cavendish and his wife Peta at their home. Romario Henry of Lewisham, south London, and Oludewa Okorosobo, of Camberwell, south London, pleaded not guilty to two counts of robbery. They are due to face trial on 3 October. Essex Police said no-one sustained serious injuries during the raid, but Mr Cavendish said in a statement that his family were "extremely distressed" and "feared for their lives" by it.

Weather

Cloudy this morning, overcast skies in the afternoon. Moderate winds and highs of 19 degrees in Monaco and Nice. 20 degrees in Cannes and Antibes. This evening going down to 14 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes, with the risk of showers. In the Var highs of 20 going down to 11 degrees.

Outlook for tomorrow and heading into the weekend - Rather unsettled risk of showers with sunny intervals highs of 21 degrees.

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