French and Riviera News Tuesday 27th June 2023

News

French President continues visit in Marseille - French President Emmanuel Macron has taken stock of his “Marseille plan” in a big way, during his first day in the city on Monday, announcing new means to fight against crime. Macron began his visit to the city meeting the police at the central police station, he announced more means to fight against drug trafficking, which has seen 23 fatal killings in settlement of accounts since the beginning of the year. Macron also said that he wanted to work directly in schools to raise awareness among students on the dangers.

Meanwhile the President was criticised in French media for showing what some considered as “contempt” after telling the mother of a jobseeker during a walk about that her son was surely able to “find ten possible job offers” inviting him to just “walk around the port to find one”. Today on his second day of the three-day trip to the city Macron is expected to address education.

Forest fire - A forest fire has destroyed two hectares of forest land in the Var on Monday. Canadairs intervened on Monday afternoon in the Carqueiranne forest. Around forty firefighters were mobilized to put out the blaze which broke out in the heart of the forest. The cause of the blaze remains unknown, and firefighters remain on site to monitor the situation.

Women drowns in sea at Cannes- An 80-year-old woman lost her life after drowning on Monday morning off the beaches of the Boulevard du Midi in Cannes. The incident occurred at 7:30am when lifeguards discovered the body of a woman floating on the surface within 300 meters from the shore. The circumstances are to be determined.

Deadline pushed back for property owners - The deadline for all property owners to complete a new online declaration has been pushed back by one month, due to the influx on the government website. The declaration which aims to identify homeowners who remain taxable once the housing tax in scrapped was due to be completed by the 30th of June. The Ministry of Economy and Finance has announced that homeowners now have the possibility of declaring their situation of their real estate to the tax authorities up until the 31st of July and will not face a fine. To make your declaration you must go to the government ‘s tax website impots.gouv.fr. 34 million owners are concerned. The General Directorate of Public Finance is asking owners to complete the new declaration which seeks to assess the number of homes which remain taxable. Owners of second homes and rental properties must still pay council tax.

American model seen enjoying Club 55 - American model and actress Kate Upton who starred in American films such as “Triple Alliance” has been seen enjoying the famous Club 55, on the beach of Pampelonne in Ramatuelle, in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. The 31-year-old is visiting Saint-Tropez after having attended the Taylor Swift.

Marie Antoinette’s private apartment to reopen today - Today Tuesday 27th June, will see the reopening to the public of Marie Antoinette’s private apartment. After major renovation the apartment which is hidden behind a secret door in her bedroom in the royal palace at Versailles, reopens. The rooms, including a boudoir, library and billiard room, are spread over two floors overlooking an interior courtyard. They are said to be where France’s last queen first hid during the people’s march on Versailles during the 1789 French Revolution. The reopening of the discreet but luxurious apartment where Marie Antoinette played with her children and received friends is the final stage of a project marking the 400th anniversary of Versailles.

Business

In early trade on Monday Oil nudged higher following the weekend events in Russia which raised questions about crude supply. Brent crude futures rose 1.3% to $74.78 a barrel and U.S. crude was up by the same margin to $70. S&P 500 futures were 0.2% higher and currency markets were broadly steady.

U.S. stocks did close lower on Monday, as investors were wary of betting on riskier assets before seeing the outcome of Russia's aborted weekend mutiny. Putin on Monday thanked mercenary fighters and commanders who had stood down to avoid bloodshed.

Companies are set to face more pressure to disclose how climate change affects their business under a new set of G20-backed global rules aimed at helping regulators crack down on greenwashing. The norms were published on Monday and have been written by the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB).

In an attempt to make part of its business profitable Facebook owner Meta has launched a virtual reality (VR) subscription service.  Meta says paying users will get access to two new games a month. For the first three months of the year, the parent company of Instagram saw a $4bn (£3.1bn) loss at its VR unit.

As part of plans to downsize its office space and having committed to flexible working since Covid, HSBC is to move its world headquarters from its 45-storey Canary Wharf tower, possibly back to the City of London. The banking giant is to move out of 8 Canada Square by 2027 when its current lease expires, after two decades.

The owner of Gucci Kering has said that it’s struck a deal to buy high-end French fragrance label Creed. The CEO of Kering’s beauty division and former Estee Lauder executive said that the acquisition clearly marks a major stap for Kering Beauty.

And - Italian carmaker Fiat has announced that it will no longer sell grey cars, claiming that it doesn’t represent the brand’s “New Dolce Vita’ values. Fiat said that the decision has been made to 'enhance the importance of colours in life, embodying the Italian way of living'. But the move could significantly backfire when it comes to demand for new Fiats in Britain, with grey being the nation's most popular car colour for half a decade. The colours in the present and future Fiat line-up are said to be 'inspired by the Italian Sea, Sun, Earth and Sky'.

Sport

Football - Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has signed a new one-year deal which will keep him at Real Madrid until the summer of 2024. The 37-year-old has made 488 appearances for Real, winning three La Liga titles and the Champions League five times since arriving from Tottenham in 2012. He also won the Ballon d'Or in 2018 as Croatia reached the World Cup final.

In other football news Craig Brown has died at the age of 82. Brown was the last man to take Scotland to a World Cup final. The national team's longest-serving manager, he was in charge for 71 games from 1993 to 2001, qualifying for Euro 96 and the 1998 World Cup.

Locally, supporters of the OGC Nice have launched a petition to change the seats at the Allianz Riviera to the colours of the team. The petition has already collected 1,149 signatures and aims to see everything in red and black. Other stadiums in French clubs such as Rennes, Nantes and Paris already have seat in the colours of their teams.

Cricket - According to a long-awaited independent report, racism, sexism, classism and elitism are "widespread" in English and Welsh cricket. The Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) has delivered its findings from a two-year investigation. The ICEC has made 44 recommendations, including that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) make an unreserved public apology for its failings.

Racing - Following the news on Monday that Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have teamed up with Michael B.Jordan, Otro Capital and RedBird Capital Partners to take a stake in Alpine Racing, Formula One legend Eddie Jordan has expressed serious doubts as to the role for the Hollywood acting team and moving forward.  The £171m deal values the British-based F1 team at a staggering £706m.

Weather

Cloudy patches to start, clearing and giving way to clear skies and sunshine with a gentle breeze. Highs of 28 degrees in Nice and Vence. 27 degrees in Monaco, 29 degrees in Sainte Maxime. Reaching 32 in Hyères in the Var.  This evening going down to 21 degrees along the coast with clear skies. 

The outlook for Wednesday and Thursday. Showers tomorrow afternoon along the coast highs of 27 degrees. Scattered showers on Thursday highs of 28 degrees.

Sunrise 05.50am

Sunset 09.16pm 

London                22 degrees and light cloud.

Paris                     26 degrees with sunny intervals.

Dublin                  23 degrees and light rain.

Athens                 32 degrees and sunny

Beach weather

Nice – Sea temperature 24 degrees. Air temperature 27 degrees. Sunshine. UV level 10.

Marseille – Sea temperature 23 degrees. Air temperature 31 degrees. Sunny. UV level 10.

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