French and Riviera News Tuesday 7th February 2023

News

Weather warning remains in place due to strong winds - A yellow weather warning remains in place today in the Alpes Maritimes due to the risk of high winds and a rough sea. The warning issued on Monday is in place from 10am to 4pm this afternoon. Gusts of up to 60 km/h are expected in Théoule and Antibes, 55 km/h in Nice and Menton and up to 45 km/h in Grasse.

Earth tremor recorded off Nice – A low intensity earthquake has been recorded about ten kilometres off Nice. According to SismoAzur, the tremor with a magnitude of 2.4 was recorded overnight from Sunday to Monday, at around 2am. The epicentre was located 10 kilometres off Nice and Monaco. While the tremor occurred just hours before the massive earthquake which hit Turkey and Syria, killing and injuring thousands of people, authorities confirm that there is no link between the tremors.

Aid – Meanwhile, firefighters in the Var are preparing for a possible departure to Turkey following the devastating earthquake. Turkey has requested international aid and the Var firefighters have reported present. The final decision must however, come from France’s Ministry of the Interior and must be made "as soon as possible".

Strike action - Another day of industrial action is taking place across France today in protest at pension reforms by the government. Demonstrations are planned with some estimates putting the number of participants at about one million. The SNCF is saying that train services will be highly disrupted and is advising travellers to cancel or postpone their journeys. Nationally, an average of 3 out of 10 local TER trains are expected to run with many variations depending on region. One in two TGV trains are expected to run on average nationally, with about two out of five operating in our region in the south-east. Two out of five Ouigo trains are expected to operate. Intercity services will be highly disrupted, according to the SNCF. Details are available at local stations, on sncf.com and on the SNCF Assistant App. Disruption to some flights is also expected because of industrial action by air traffic controllers. There will be no trams running in Nice and many local bus services will be cancelled. Information about Lignes d'Azur services is available on lignesdazur.com

Homeless man breaks into yacht - A homeless man has broken into a yacht in Golfe-Juan. The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning when the man went on board and attempted to steal jewellery and money. The man was spotted by the yacht’s stewardess who alerted the police and was later arrested. Placed in police custody, the individual is a Russian national who had already been deported on January 27th, 2022, before recently returning to France.

Beausoleil stair race - Two para-athletes Valerie Hirschfield and Aladji Ba are getting ready to take part in the 23rd stair race in Beausoleil. On March 18th, the two sports champions will climb the 427 steps of the 23rd stair race in Beausoleil. The route recently renovated as part of the work on the Riviera line escalators has had a facelift and has 427 steps on 5 ramps for a distance of 350 metres. Online registrations are now open at www.sport-up.fr.

2023 Michelin stars - With a month to go before the Michelin stars are awarded nine restaurants in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur are reportedly highlighted by the institution and could on their way to receiving a star. The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes ranks as the most dynamic region in France while, nine new addressed have been distinguished in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and five in Paris.

Truffle en Fête - Finally, the truffle celebration in Grimaud in the Var has been a huge success. Also known as the black diamond, rare and expensive at 1,400 euros per kilo, this year the Truffle en fête, organized by the tourist office saw 35 exhibitors (and restaurateurs) come together and attendance figures exceed 5,000.

Business

Boeing plans to cut about 2,000 jobs in finance and human resources this year, as it focuses on engineering and manufacturing. The move comes as the company puts more of its resources into "products, services and technology development". Boeing has faced a number of issues in recent years, including the grounding of its 737 Max after two fatal crashes.

In the UK a state-backed digital pound is likely to be launched later this decade, according to the Treasury and the Bank of England. Both institutions want to ensure the public has access to safe money that is easy to use in the digital age. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said the central-bank digital currency (CBDC) could be a new "trusted and accessible" way to pay. But it will not be built until at least 2025.

Google is launching an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered chatbot called Bard to rival ChatGPT. The firm said in a statement that Bard will be used by a group of testers before being rolled out to the public in the coming weeks. The tech giant also announced new AI tools for its current search engine. AI chatbots are designed to answer questions and find information. ChatGPT is the best-known example. They use what's on the internet as an enormous database of knowledge although there are concerns that this can also include offensive material and disinformation.

Sport

Cricket - Former Australia white-ball captain Aaron Finch has announced his retirement from international cricket. 36  year old Finch was Australia's T20 captain, having retired from one-day internationals in September. He represented Australia in five Tests, 146 one-day internationals and 103 T20s, leading them to their first T20 World Cup title in 2021. Finch said it had been "incredible honour" to play for Australia.

Football - The Premier League has charged Manchester City with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation. It has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018. The commission can impose punishments ranging from a fine and points deduction to expulsion from the Premier League.

Meanwhile Leeds manager Jesse Marsch has been sacked after less than a year in charge. Leeds lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest on Sunday, their seventh Premier League game without a win.

Rugby Union - Scotland winger Duhan van der Merwe says he "giggles" when he watches his sensational first try in the historic victory at Twickenham. The Edinburgh player scored one of the great tries in the history of the Five or Six Nations in Scotland's 29-23 win.

Formula One - Alex Albon says Formula 1 drivers are "all concerned" about an apparent clampdown on their ability to speak out on social and political issues. The Williams driver says the FIA's decision to prohibit "personal, religious and political statements" without written consent is "confusing".

Weather

Strong winds across the region with clear skies. Highs of 12 degrees in Nice, Cannes and Antibes. Highs of 11 degrees in Monaco. 10 degrees in Saint Tropez. This evening going down to 3 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for tomorrow and Thursday. Fine with a fresh breeze and highs of 11-12 degrees.

Sunrise       07.40hr

Sunset        17.48hr

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