French and Riviera News Tuesday 5th November 2019


Farmers to demonstrate in Nice today - French farmers have announced action today in the Alpes Martitimes region. Jean-Philippe Frère, president of the FDSEA, the main agricultural union, will head demonstrations in Nice this morning in protest at the working conditions of many farmers in the region. According to figures there are only 1,400 registered farmers in the Alpes Maritimes compared to 11,000 twenty years ago. Unions argue that poor pay, difficult conditions, long hours and poor pension schemes along with lack of support from the State are to blame for the decrease in the number of people going into the profession.

The town hall in Marseille has lowered flags to half-mast and has announced plans for a minute’s silence today to mark the first anniversary of the collapse of buildings in the rue d'Aubagne in which eight people lost their lives. A tribute to the victims will take place at the town hall. A minute’s silence will be observed and a commemorative plaque will be unveiled which will later be installed at the scene of the collapsed buildings.

Police rescue man who threatens to throw himself off roof of car park in Nice - A man has been rescued by  police and firefighters after threatening to jump of the roof of the car park at the Prefecture in Nice. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon. Police and emergency services negotiated with the man who was unarmed at the time and later taken to Pasteur hospital. 

Prom ‘pebbles covered in sand - The pebbles on the beaches of the Promenade des Anglais in Nice have been covered in sand. The famous Prom’ pebbles were covered in an unusual layer of sand on Monday following storms at the weekend due to a big sea swell. Although it remains relatively rare, this phenomenon is not exceptional: it notably occurred in October 2018 and before that in January 2016.

Triathlete proposes on finishing line of Nice Cannes marathon - A triathlete from Cagnes has proposed to his girlfriend on the finishing line of the Nice Cannes marathon.  After completing the 42 km race on Sunday despite the bad weather, Christophe Cappelletto waited impatiently for his companion Camille Barani to finish before popping the question. To which she said a big “yes”.


Climate change - During his trip to China French President Emmanuel Macron has said that cooperation between Europe and China on reducing climate-warming emissions will be "decisive". Speaking on Tuesday, Macron’s comments came just after the Trump administration filed paperwork to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. The U.S. move is the first formal step in a one-year process to exit the global pact to fight climate change. But it comes at a time scientists and many world governments are urging rapid action to avoid the worst impacts of global warming.

Robbery - Robbers have rammed their car into a medieval cathedral in southwest France. The incident happened in the early hours of Monday morning.  Initial investigations suggest the gang tied a tree trunk to the front of the car used to smash through a door of the cathedral.  Once inside, the thieves helped themselves to treasures along with ceremonial objects and  much of its gold, as well as a 17th-century nativity scene and a collection of clothes. France’s Culture Minister later condemned the robbery.

Olympic Games - Work has begun on the construction of the home of the 2024 Olympic Games, to be hosted in Paris. The development is part of a broader government plan to improve the poorest urban areas in the country. The Olympic village, which will house some 15,000 athletes and officials, is being built in the Seine-Saint-Denis area north of Paris, part of the urban fringe which has suffered from social tensions and neglect for years. But the project is controversial locally because it will force the relocation of residents, businesses and even schools in the area where the village is to be constructed. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe launched the works, which are set to last over three years, in the suburb of Saint-Ouen.


Uber has reported wider than forecast third quarter results as the firm attempted to outspend rivals through discounts and invested heavily in loss-making  new business ventures.

Uber shares fell by 5.5 percent on the news despite the firm promising that it will be profitable by the end of 2021.

While revenue for the quarter rose ,costs increased by a dramatic 33 percent to 4.92 billion dollars.

Overall ,the firm’s net losses widened to 1.16 billion dollars.

Although it’s best known for its ride-hailing service ,Uber has been diversifying in recent years  and is expanding its long-haul trucking and food delivery businesses as well as developing self-driving cars ,offering banking services and even planning commercial passenger drone shuttles by 2023.

Total revenues for the third quarter came to 3.81 billion dollars -up by nearly 30 percent year-on-year.


Shares in UK gambling firms have slumped after MPs recommended that stringent curbs should be placed on online casino games that are worth more than 2 billion pounds annually to the industry.

The Guardian newspaper reports that MPs from the cross-party group on gambling-related harm want a 2 pound limit to be imposed on web-based slot machine games to fall into line with regulations on fixed-odds betting terminals in shops.

The MPs who include the former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan-Smith are said to be hopeful that they can convince the government to include tighter controls on gambling firms in a general election manifesto.

The opposition Labour Party has already backed much tougher regulations on the industry.

Shares in gambling firms fell heavily on the news with  888 down nearly 14 percent ,the owner of Ladbrokes GVC down 10.5 percent and  William Hill and Flutter Entertainment also down sharply.


And-Ryanair has warned that there’s a “real risk” that it will have no Boeing 737 Max planes flying next summer because of further delays to delivery of the grounded aircraft.

Ryanair says that it will stick to its plans to cut bases and cabin crew jobs and says that it still expects to get its first 737 Max planes in March and April of next year-two months later than expected.

The planes remain grounded worldwide following two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people.

The firm said that non-delivery of the planes would more than halve its passenger growth rate next summer from 7 to 3 percent.


Cricket-New Zealand have taken a 2-1 lead in the 5 match Twenty20 series against England after winning game three in Nelson.

The tourists collapsed to a 14 run defeat after only managing 166-7 from their 20 overs in reply to the home side’s 180-7.

The 4th game is in Napier in the early hours of Friday.

Football-The European Champions League is back in action tonight with 8 group games.

Liverpool play Genk in Group E  while Chelsea host Ajax in Group H.

There was one game in the English Championship last night.Stoke lost 2-0 at home to West Brom  who go back to the top of the table while Stoke remain rooted to the bottom.

Tennis-Kim Clijsters has delayed her return to the WTA Tour because of a knee injury.

The 36 year old four-time Grand Slam champion says that she won’t be able to compete as planned from January because of rehabilitation treatment.

She says that she’s been inspired to return to the game by other mothers such as Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka.

Clijsters quit the game in 2007 to start a family  but returned in 2009 and won 3 Grand Slams before her second retirement in 2012.

Racing-Vow and Declare has won the Melbourne Gold Cup while runner up Master of Reality was demoted to fourth following a stewards enquiry.

The winner triumphed in a tight finish but stewards ruled that Master of Reality ridden by Frankie Dettori had impeded Il Paradiso who was then promoted to third with Prince of Arran given second place.


Showers dying away with partially cloudy skies and a moderate westerly wind across the region.

Top temperature 19 degrees.

Overnight lows of 11 degrees on the coast and 8 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Fine tomorrow,some rain in the Var on Thursday.Highs of 16-18 degrees.


Everything we know about the universe may be wrong!

For years scientists have believed our universe was as flat as a piece of paper, but new evidence has suggested it is curved like a giant inflated balloon.

A recent study analyzed data from the cosmic microwave background, the faint echo of the Big Bang, and discovered gravity seems to bend the microwaves.

These findings point towards a closed universe – the idea that if you travel far enough into space, you will loop back around to where you started.

A recent study analyzed data from the cosmic microwave background, the faint echo of the Big Bang, and discovered gravity seems to bend the microwaves. These findings point towards a closed universe – if you travel far enough into space, you will loop back to where you started

In the paper, published in Nature Astronomy, researchers noted the 2018 Plant Legacy release that confirmed the presence of 'gravitational lensing' in cosmic microwave background (CMB), which suggests its microwaves bend.


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