French and Riviera News Tuesday 13th September 2022

News

Marseille increases police force ahead of football match - Marseille has deployed additional police officers ahead of the Champions League match this evening between the Olympique de Marseille and Frankfurt. On Monday the first fans of the German team began to arrive in the city and five arrests were made as clashes broke out between supporters. According to the authorities, 3,300 ticket holding supporters are expected and up to 5,000 others without a ticket. Following two decrees issued on Friday by the Bouches du Rhone prefecture and to guarantee their safety, Frankfurt supporters will not be able to move around the city centre and will only be able to access the stadium in buses under police escort. The sale of alcoholic beverages to take away will also be prohibited from 2:00pm today throughout the city centre of Marseille.

White March in Nice - A white march is to take place in Nice on Sunday September 18th, following the shooting of a man after he refused to cooperate with police. The incident occurred last Wednesday, when the driver of a vehicle refused to stop for police leading to a chase, which ended when an officer opened fire killing the 24-year-old man. The march is planned in La Madeleine district in memory of the young victim.

Beach closed due to pollution - A beach in Hyeres in the Var has been closed due to pollution. The local mayor filed a complaint on Monday September 12th introducing a swimming ban at the Pradon beach. Access to the beach restaurants has been maintained.

Testing of alert sirens - Tests of the emergency alert sirens will be carried out in Tende today. The Alpes-Maritimes prefecture said that technical works will be carried out with test of the sirens in Tende at 2:30pm and 4pm this afternoon.

Princess Charlene becomes president of the Monaco SPA - Princess Charlene has become president of the Society for the Protection of Animals of Monaco. The official announcement was made on Monday morning by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco as the princely couple laid the first stone of the future Monaco SPA animal shelter in Peille.

Former Environment Minister banned from television channel - France’s former Environment Minister Ségolène Royal has been banned from the BFMTV channel after her remarks on the war in Ukraine. The station announced that Royal is no longer welcome on the sets of the television channel after having questioned the abuses attributed to Russian soldiers in Ukraine and then failed to show for a follow up interview to explain her comments.

Next generation weather satellites built in Cannes - Europe is preparing to launch the first of its next-generation weather satellites, built at Thales Alenia Space in Cannes. Once in orbit it will scan the planet every 10 minutes with an accuracy of up to 500 meters, half as much as the previous generation launched in the early 2000s. Several billion euros and twelve years of preparation have gone into the project, as Europe launches the first of its new generation weather satellites.  

Couple say “yes” during half time - Two AS Monaco supporters have said "yes" to each other at the Louis II stadium at half-time during the match against Lyon. Jonathan proposed to Olivia during Sunday evening’s match as the couple proudly sported AS Monaco colours to mark the occasion.

Business

The Queen's funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey in central London on Monday 19 September, which has been designated a bank holiday. The UK government has said that, during the national mourning period, there is "no obligation to suspend business". It added that some businesses "may wish to consider closing or postponing events, especially on the day of the state funeral", but added that this would be "at the discretion of individual businesses".

Meanwhile, the transport company Flixbus has reported a 17% increase in reservation to the UK ahead of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Since last Thursday, the eyes of the whole world have been on the United Kingdom and some French people intend to travel to pay their respects. Flixbus tickets range from 30 to 50 euros and in a different price range the Eurostar trains start at 241 euros for a one-way ticket the day before the funeral compared to 100 euros less from next Tuesday. Travelling by plane is also concerned with prices already reaching nearly 200 euros for a one-way ticket on the Sunday.  

Electricité de Strasbourg (ÉS) has sold on the European wholesale market a volume of electricity that it did not hold. The supplier mistakenly sold nearly 8 gigawatts of electricity, an incident forcing the RTE network manager to issue an alert to neighbouring countries including the UK and Spain. The incident is linked to a computer problem which would have caused the supplier to lose 60 million euros. While the use of electricity from neighbouring countries has not been necessary the ÉS incident occurs at a time when the situation is already very tense on the French electricity network, in particular due to the shutdown of many nuclear reactors.

France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has assured that France will see a “positive growth” in 2023. Despite the difficult international environment Le Maire remained optimistic. Speaking to French media on Monday Le Maire confirmed his forecast of "positive growth" for 2023. Faced with possible risks of recession, the minister affirmed that the French economy was "solid" and that "the results (were) there". The Minister however did not reaffirm the government's growth forecast of 1.4% in 2023, formulated last July.

The number of bicycles manufactured in Europe last year increased by 11%. With Portugal remaining the continent's leading producer, ahead of Romania and Italy. According to the latest Eurostat figures published on Monday, 13.5 million bicycles were produced in the European Union in 2021. A record volume up 11% compared to 2020 and 12.5% compared to 2019.

A study by the Association for Executive Employment in France has revealed that the coronavirus pandemic and financial difficulties have damaged the morale of 25% of executives surveyed. Managers are the profile whose mental well-being has been most affected. One in four managers (25%) believe that their mental health has deteriorated in the past two years, marked by the covid pandemic and the difficult financial context with the war in Ukraine and inflation. At work, more than half of executives report feeling overworked (55%), burnout (54%) or intensely stressed (54%), and 19% of them have already had to take time off or sick leave due to a feeling of burnout.

Sport

Football - Three Premier League matches have been postponed this weekend before the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Chelsea's home game with Liverpool and Leeds United's trip to Manchester United have been called off. Brighton against Crystal Palace had already been called off because of rail strikes and remains postponed. The other league matches between 16 and 18 September will take place after football paused last weekend as a mark of respect following the Queen's death.

In the Champions League Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp says he is confident that Liverpool fans will respect a minute's silence for Queen Elizabeth II before this evening’s match against Ajax. Liverpool fans had in the past booed "Abide With Me" and "God Save the Queen" before last season's FA Cup final at Wembley. Boris Johnson, Prime Minister at that time, condemned those who booed. Klopp said a minute's silence is "the right thing to do" adding: "I don't think our people need any kind of advice from me for showing respect”. A minute's silence will be held before the game after a request from Liverpool to Uefa.

Cricket – England completed their remarkable summer with a series-clinching nine-wicket victory over South Africa. The home side took only 25 minutes to hit the 33 runs they needed for victory on the fifth morning of the third and deciding Test.

Tennis - Emma Raducanu is through to the second round of the Slovenia Open after winning her first match since her unsuccessful US Open title defence.

Weather

Mainly fine with highs of 26 degrees in Nice and the Alpes Maritimes. 29 degrees in Marseille. A moderate breeze. This afternoon becoming increasingly cloudy in the Var with rain expected inland by early evening. This evening going down to 20 degrees with clear skies along the coast.

The outlook for Wednesday and Thursday. Rain is forecast tomorrow morning across the region with storms expected inland. Highs of 29 degrees. Thursday cloudy with some sunny spells and highs of 28-29 degrees.

Sunrise              07.07hr              Sunset      19.44hr

Sea temperature     25 degrees       UV level   5

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