French and Riviera News Tuesday 18th June 2024


Philosophy baccalaureate for more than 540,000 students in France - It’s good luck this Tuesday morning to more than 540,000 final year students in France who will today Tuesday 18th June, sit their baccalaureate philosophy exam. Candidates will have four hours on themes including justice, truth and even religion. Results will be issued from July 8th.

Storm alert for the southwest of France - Meteo France has placed four departments in the southwest of France on an orange weather alert. The Gironde, Dordogne, Lot-et-Garonne and the Landes are all concerned with heavy rain, hail and strong winds forecast today Tuesday 18th June. The storms are expected by this evening, to move towards the north of the Massif Central and Center-Val-de-Loire.

Thales to increase ammunition production – The French defence and technology company Thales has announced that it plans to quadruple its ammunition production capacity at a domestic site, after being given a new order from the French army. France and other NATO member states are keen to step up military production capacity in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Speaking on the new deal the Thales vice-president Hervé Dammann said "We deeply value the continuing confidence of the French land forces”.

Local News

Tourist drowns in Golf Juan - A 64-year-old tourist has drowned on the plage de midi in Golfe Juan. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon. The exact circumstances are not yet known. Lifeguards pulled the lifeless body from the sea shortly before 3.30pm.

Woman dies from injuries after collision at Ironman event in Nice - Meanwhile, the 70-year-old woman who was involved in a collision with a triathlete participating in the cycling part of Ironman on Sunday has since died from her injuries. The investigation into the tragic incident is still underway.

Olympic flame arrives in the Principality - HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Princess Charlene and Formula One winner Charles Leclerc will be amongst the famous figures given the honour of carrying the Olympic flame as it passes through the Principality and the Alpes Maritimes region today Tuesday 18th June. The flame is expected in Monaco starting on the Port Hercule at 2.15pm with the final leg taking place on the Rock of Monaco where spectators will have the added experience of a special open-air exhibition that will tell the story of Monaco’s involvement in the Olympics over the years. 

Ahead of its arrival in the Principality the flame will emerge from the sea in Villefranche sur mer at 08.05am, heading to the Citadel for 08.35am.  It will then head to Grasse and will then depart from the old port of Cannes at 11.38am travelling along the Croisette and gracing the red carpet of the Palais des Festivals. After which it will be in Valberg, from 1:18pm  to 1:38pm before returning to the Alpes-Maritimes at 3:07 p.m., in Antibes, for a walking relay from the pine forest of Juan-les-Pins (Pointe Bacon), to the Fort Carré stadium, passing by the ramparts, the Picasso museum and  port Vauban.

It will then head to the Mercantour national park, and La Colmiane/Valdeblore.  Finally, at 5:56 p.m., the flame will arrive in Nice, where it will run along the Baie des Anges for 9.2km ending in journey in the region at the Quai des États Unis in Nice at 7.20pm.

Morgan Freeman awarded at Monte-Carlo Film Festival - Finally, American actor Morgan Freeman has been awarded the Crystal Nymph at this year’s Monte-Carlo Television Festival. Known for his roles in films such as Driving Miss Daisy, Million Dollar Baby or The Shawshank Redemption Freeman said that “it felt really nice” to be presented the award in Monaco which was presented to him by Princess Charlene.


Paris has lost its spot as Europe’s largest equity market to London. The news comes as investors reacted to political turmoil in France since French President Emmanuel Macron called snap parliamentary elections. The UK’s main stock exchange lost its crown to its French rival in 2022 when British politics was seen as more unpredictable. However, investors now perceive lower uncertainty in the UK, despite its own general election on 4 July. The euro has also weakened against the pound since Macron announced the elections.

One of America's most senior health officials has called on the country to impose warning labels on social media platforms. Writing in the New York Times, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said social media increased the risk that children would experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. He said such a label would "regularly remind parents and adolescents that social media has not been proved safe".

And - Apple has scrapped its in-house buy now, pay later scheme in the US. Launched last year the technology giant says it will now offer customers payment plans through third-party credit and debit card lenders. Existing borrowers will be able to continue managing payments using Apple's Wallet app. The decision marks a retreat for Apple from plans to offer traditional financial services.


Football - France began the Euro 2024 competition with a narrow 1-0 victory against Austria and as the French say “lots of bobos” notably star play Kylian Mbappé ending the match with a broken nose. Mbappe, who has scored 47 goals in 80 appearances for France, will be integral to their hopes of winning a third European title and according to the latest reports should be able to play in France’s next match on Friday against the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, Slovakia pulled off one of the biggest upsets in European Championship history with their 1-0 victory over Belgium.

In today’s action in Group F Turkey play Georgia kick off is at 6p^m French time and Portugal play the Czech Republic at 9pm.

Tennis - Cameron Norrie has lost to Milos Raonix in the first round at Queen’s. Canada's Raonic hit 47 aces - a record for the most in a three-set match - in a 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 7-6 (11-9) victory.

Golf - Rory McIlroy has said that he will take time away from golf following his dramatic late collapse at the US Open, calling it one of the "toughest" days of his career. The 35-year-old held a two-shot lead in pursuit of a fifth major title - and a first since 2014 - before dropping shots at three of the last four holes.


Cloudy patches clearing by this afternoon. Moderate to strong winds and gust of up to 50 km hr in places especially along the coastline. Highs of 28 degrees in Nice, 27 degrees in Monaco, 29 degrees in Cannes and Saint-Tropez reaching 32 degrees in Toulon. This evening going to 18 degrees along the coast and 15 degrees inland, with clear skies.

The outlook for tomorrow, much the same as today with strong winds in the Var. Thursday rain is forecast along the coast of the Alpes Maritimes with thundery showers in the Var. Highs of 30-31 degrees.

Sunrise 05.48

Sunset 09.15

Sea temperature

Marseille 18.2 degrees.

UV level 9 along the coast and 10 inland.

Weather elsewhere

Lisbon                  21° light rain.

Cardiff                  19° sunny intervals.

Milan                   30° sunny.

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