French and Riviera News Tuesday 1st October 2019


Ikea recalls baby product - The Swedish store Ikea has recalled a baby product due to a choking risk. All customers who have purchased a set of two MATVRA baby bibs blue and red have been asked to stop using them and to return them to the store. The company says there is a problem with the button on the bibs which can come off and cause a choking hazard. Shoppers will be refunded or can exchange the product at the store.

Dead body - The body of a sixty-year-old man has been found by accident in the Pyrénées-Orientales on Sunday. The discovery was made by a man who was out hunting for mushrooms at the time. The body was reportedly in” a state of advanced decomposition”. Police have opened an investigation and autopsy is to be carried out to try and identify the victim.

Beach closures - Local MPs in Antibes have called for explanations concerning the repeated closure of several beaches in the area this summer. Swimming bans were enforced at several beaches in the area during the summer season raising concern at the last city council meeting with officials demanding a review of the sanitation methods carried out in the area. 

NRJ Music Awards - The list of this year’s nominees for the NRJ music awards in Cannes has been revealed. The event takes place at the palais des festival in Cannes on Saturday 9th November there are twelve categories with artist such as Ava Max, Lewis Capaldi, Camilla Cabello, Lady Gaga, Pink, Post Malone and Taylor Swift amongst the nominees. The public is invited to vote as of today, vote now at or you have until 8th November midnight. 

The Negresco Hotel appoints new director - The iconic five-star hotel The Negresco in Nice has announced the appointment of its new director. 51-year-old Lionel Servant has been chosen by the board of directors and will take up his position on October 24th replacing Pierre Bord who has been running the establishment since 2011.


Lubrizol factory fire - Four days after the Lubrizol factory fire in Rouen, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has sought to calm residents and farmers, assuring them that air quality was not at risk. The French prime minister conceded Monday evening that the odours provoked by the chemical plant fire were “unpleasant” but “not harmful”. Philippe’s visit came as the company operating the plant, filed a court complaint for “involuntary destruction”, saying Monday that the origin of the fire was “external” to the plant.

Football - FIFA has ordered the Welsh football club Cardiff to pay FC Nantes 6million euros of the € 17 million transfer money for the Argentinian player Emiliano Sala. Sala was killed in a plane crash on January 21st which was at the time taking him to his new club. Following the disappearance of the player, Cardiff had decided not to honor a first payment of 6 million euros out of 17 of the total amount of the transfer, despite is having been validated by the football authorities before the accident. Nantes had seized Fifa at the end of February to claim the full payment of the transfer. Both clubs may appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which is based in Lausanne.


The British government has proposed creating a number of customs sites on both sides of the Irish border to replace the controversial backstop which is the main obstacle to reaching a Brexit deal with the European Union.

Reports from the Irish national broadcaster RTE suggest that the proposals would mean posts being created on both sides of the border between 5 to 10 miles back from the land frontier.

Sources in Brussels say that if the customs posts idea becomes official British policy ,it would be rejected and dismissed by the EU as insufficient.

The Irish government says that it’s yet to see “any credible alternatives” to the backstop.

Currently ,there are no border posts ,physical barriers or checks on people or goods crossing the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

RTE says that the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is insisting that Northern Ireland remains completely outside the EU’s customs union for industrial goods and agri-food products.


WeWork has officially scrapped plans to sell shares on the stock market saying instead that it will focus on “its core business”.

The decision comes after the property firm’s August offering sparked little interest from investors who question the company’s finances ,governance and leadership.

Last week ,WeWork’s co-founder Adam Neumann resigned as chief executive.

WeWork insists that it will still become a public company at some time in the future.

The firm has expanded from a single co-working space in New York City to an international business operating in more than 500 locations.

The share offer had been intended to raise much needed cash for the firm but quickly ran into trouble.


And-New standards on household appliances have been adopted by the European Union.

From 2021 ,firms will have to make appliances longer lasting and will be obliged to supply spare parts for up to 10 years.

The rules will apply to lighting ,washing machines ,dishwashers and fridges.

The legislation has been prompted by complaints from consumer associations who have been angered by machines that break down when they’re just out of warranty.

Owners are usually unable to repair machines themselves or find anyone else to do it at a reasonable price ,forcing them to buy a replacement.



Scotland have got their campaign back on track with a 34-0 victory over Samoa in Pool A.

The win ,which saw the Scots scoop a  bonus point as well came as a much needed boost after they were beaten heavily in their opening game against Ireland.

Scotland are now up to 3rd place in Pool A and will face Russia next before meeting dangerous Japan.

There are no games today but tomorrow  New Zealand play Canada in Pool B and France play the USA in Pool C.

Football-Manchester United scraped a 1-1 draw against Arsenal in last night’s Premier League game at Old Trafford.

United took the lead but were pegged back in the second half in what is now their worst start to a league season in 30 years.

There are 8 more ties in Groups A,B,C,and D of the European Champions League tonight.

In Group B Spurs host Bayern Munich while in Group C Manchester City are at home to Dinamo Zagreb.PSG are away at Galatasaray in Group A.

Athletics-Karsten Warholm has defended his men’s 400 meters hurdles world title at the World Athletics Championships in Doha.

The 23 year old held off a stiff challenge from Rai Benjamin of the United States to take gold in a time of 47.42 seconds.Afterwards he said that he thought that he was “going to die” but that it was worth it.

In the men’s 5,000 meters Muktar Erdis of Ethiopia defended his title to win in 12 minutes 58.85 seconds.

There was a shock in the women’s 800 meters with Halimah Nakaayi of Uganda winning gold in a time of 1 minute 58.04 seconds as world number one Ajee Wilson of the USA ran out of steam with 60 meters to go.

The USA still leads the medals table with 4 golds.China ,Jamaica and Kenya have 2 golds each.


Mainly fine today but clouding over later with rain towards nightfall.

Light to moderate variable winds and a high of 25 degrees.

Overnight lows of 19 degrees on the coast and 16 degrees inland with rain across the region.

Wednesday and Thursday-Rain clearing away in the early hours then mainly fine with highs of 23-25 degrees.


A woman has been caught using a bicycle during a marathon in China, earning a lifetime ban from the race and adding to a growing number of scandals to tarnish the sport in the country.

The woman surnamed Meng was filmed brazenly riding the green-coloured bike in Sunday’s Xuzhou International Marathon in the eastern province of Jiangsu.

Meng, who could face further punishment from China’s athletics association (CAA), was ordered by officials to dismount the bike, but got back on again afterwards.

Wearing bib number D2113, she finished the race in five hours 38 mins 36 secs, but her time was consequently scrubbed from records.

Marathon running is booming in China, but there have been problems.

At November’s half-marathon in Shenzhen, southern China, more than 250 runners cheated, including many who took shortcuts.











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