French and Riviera News Thursday 7th November 2019


Police officer dragged hundred meters by motorist - A police office has been dragged hundred meters by a motorist during a police check in Marseille. The officer suffered several injuries and the driver has been placed in police custody. The incident occurred near the main train station of the city when the 22-year-old man was stopped by police for drug trafficking.The suspect refused to get out of the car and  accelerated as the officer attempted to arrest him.

Man stabbed in Cannes - A man in his sixties has been stabbed in Cannes. The incident happened on the rue d’Antibes on Wednesday afternoon. The attacker a Polish national was later arrested not far from the scene of the attack. The victim was taken to hospital in Nice suffering from serious injuries to his throat. Police are still trying to determine the reason behind the attack.

77-year-old woman drowns in Saint Raphael - Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward after a 77-year-old woman drowned in Saint Raphael in the Var. The woman’s body was discovered floating in the water off the Péguière Boulouris beach at 3.30pm on Tuesday. Emergency services were alerted by a passerby. Anyone who may have been in the area at the time and may be able to help police with the investigation are invited to call

Lancaster cosmetic employees demonstrate in Monaco - Employees from the Lancaster cosmetics company, part of the American group Coty, have demonstrated in Fontvieille in Monaco. The employees gathered on Wednesday in protest against new measures which will affect 10% of the workforce. According to those protesting ,24 of the 230 employees based in the Principality would be affected.

Monaco’s International clubbing show - The Monaco International clubbing show is currently being held here in the Principality bringing together nearly 10,000 professionals from the industry. Marking the show’s 10th anniversary this year looks at the future and the role of robots behind the bar. While customers will still be looking for human contact, robots will play a major role in creating your favourite tipple on a night out with holograms also being a main feature.

Ressac - François Garcin from Nice has created Ressac the recycling of old t-shirts by transforming them into bags. The project will see profits go to Emmaüs Côte d'Azur located in Saint-André-de-la-Roche. Garcin says the project aims not only to recycle but also allow people to participate in learning a skill in the making of the bag which is “reusable, expandable and washable”.


Immigration - A member of the board of directors of Médecins du Monde has hit back at the French government announcing plans to introduce quotas on immigration which would see the tightening of access to health care with the introduction of a waiting period of three months. Carine Rolland says, "No government has ever dared to attack the right to healthcare for asylum seekers" adding these people are "in dire need of care".  According to Médecins du Monde "Asylum-seekers are already taking a long time to access care, because it is difficult to register as an asylum seeker and they often have to wait four to six months so, adding an additional waiting period is not acceptable”.

Catherine Deneuve suffers mild stroke - The veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve has been admitted to hospital in Paris after suffering a mild stroke while filming her latest movie.   Deneuve's family said in a statement released Wednesday that the 76-year-old actress suffered a "very limited and therefore reversible" stroke.

The 76-year-old screen icon who made her name in such classic films as "Belle de Jour" and "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", had been shooting her latest film, "De son vivant" ("In her/his Lifetime") when she was taken ill.

Meanwhile the French film industry has been shaken by the account of an award-winning actress who says she was sexually harassed as a young teenager by the director of her first film. Adèle Haenel decided to speak out about her alleged abuse after watching the documentary Leaving Neverland. The film explored the singer Michael Jackson's relationships with children.

Français des Jeux - Finally, do you want to invest in the Français des Jeux? France’s Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has announced that the Française des Jeux is to go public with the price of the stock of the company, being between 16 euros 50 and 19 euros 90. The state plans to sell 52% of the capital out of a total of 72%. In a statement on Wednesday Le Maire said that "on the sale, they are ready to reserve up to one-third for individuals,". He also added that “the government has set the minimum threshold for individual investors which starts at 200 euros. The subscription is open from today until Tuesday, November 19th at 8pm.

A meeting between President Trump and the Chinese leader Xi Jinping to sign a long-awaited interim trade deal could be delayed until December with London pencilled in as a possible venue.

Sources close to the Trump administration have told Reuters  that it was still possible that a “phase one” agreement aimed at ending the damaging trade war would not be reached but that a deal was “more likely than not”.

The source ,who wished to remain anonymous said that China appeared to be in favour of a quick deal  as it saw it as the best option to get favourable terms given the pressure that Mr Trump is under at home.

US treasury prices picked up on the news and some investors repositioned following a three day sell-off. The dollar weakened and financial markets ground to a halt with Wall Street turning cautious about the chances of a deal being struck before the end of the year.


Airbnb says that it’s to verify every single property on its platform after a news website uncovered a series of scams.

Last month ,Vice News discovered a pattern of false or misleading property listings posted on the rentals site.

Airbnb says that in response it will review every property on its books by the end of 2020  and promised to refund customers if they were misled by inaccurate listings.

It’s the first time that Airbnb has pledged to verify every property on the platform.

Vice News spoke to several people who’d booked accommodation on Airbnb and been scammed.

In some cases guests arrived for their stay and were told at the last minute that the property was no longer available due to an emergency or double booking.

And-Shares in Japan’s Softbank Group have fallen by 4 percent after the firm reported a 6.5 billion dollar quarterly loss-its first for 14 years.

Softbank has been building an increasingly large debt mountain and its latest results come as it was dragged down by a massive hit to its giant Vision Fund.

The Japanese conglomerate’s decision to bail out its office sharing portfolio company WeWork to the tune of 10 billion dollars last month has raised concerns about its investment and governance standards  with some analysts saying that the bailout is a case of “throwing good money after bad”.


Football-There were 8 games in the European Champions League last night with Paris St Germain , Juventus and Bayern Munch all confirming their places in the knockout phase.

Manchester City will have to wait after being held to a 1-1 draw at Atalanta in Group C while Spurs were 4-0 away winners at Red Star Belgrade.

In the Europa League last night Arsenal drew 1-1 at Vitoria and will have to wait for qualification to the knockout phase.

In the Europa League tonight.Wolves are at home to Slovan Bratislava while Manchester United host Partizan Belgrade.

Celtic are away at Lazio and Rangers host Porto.

Rugby Union-The Sale director of Rugby has said that the sport will “bankrupt itself” if clubs are not stopped from breaching salary cap rules.

Steve Diamond says that clubs are being naïve if they think they can get away with the practice with the current regulations.

He was speaking after the English Premiership champions Saracens were fined 5.7 million pounds and docked 35 points for failing to declare player salaries for the past three seasons.Saracens are appealing and the club says that the punishment is “heavy handed”.

Double says that there have to be punishments for clubs who spend beyond their means  and that it’s not good for the game.

Athletics-Diamond League meetings will no longer feature the 200 meters ,3,000 meters steeplechase ,discus or triple jump at all of its  meetings from next year.

The sport’s governing body the IAAF says that its conducted research on the popularity of events and wants to cut the length of meetings to 90 minutes.

There will now be 12 disciplines staged at each of next season’s 15 Diamond League meetings with the 200 meters and 3,000 meters steeplechase featuring at only 10 of them and the discus and triple jump at just two.

Critics say that leaving popular events out of some meetings may affect crowd sizes and that there’s no such thing as a boring discipline-it’s how you present it to the public.


Partially cloudy but becoming increasingly overcast as the day goes on with rain arriving across the region towards nightfall.

Light to moderate westerly winds and a high of 17 degrees.

Overnight lows of 11 degrees on the coast and 7 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Partially cloudy with highs of 15-17 degrees.


A Council in the UK has been blasted for launching courses on 'how to wear shoes and carry handbags'

The council have been given a dressing down for launching a the three-hour workshop which costs £15 a head and will teach those attending how to “understand the impact of accessories”.

It is claimed it will “build confidence” and help jobseekers or people hoping to conceal scars or disabilities.

But locals have slammed it as a patronising waste of money.

The adult learning department at Northamptonshire County Council will start the course next year and said it is self-financing.

Run by the council’s Adult Learning department, the course promises to “identify what accessories would work best for you” and “experiment with alternative approaches”.





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