French and Riviera News Tuesday 8th November 2022

News

National Strike action Thursday - Due to national strike action planned across France on Thursday November 10th, there will be no buses or trams running in the region and street parking will be free of charge. The national strike has been called by unions in protest against poor wages and the cost-of-living crisis.

Meanwhile, French Transport Minister Clement Beaune has confirmed that the price of train tickets will rise at the beginning of next year. However, speaking to French media over the weekend the minister said that he was talking to the SNCF about creating a tariff shield to limit price increases, particularly on TGV trains.

Fatal road accident - Police have opened an investigation after a motorcyclist was killed in a head on collision with a vehicle on the Route de Draguignan in Grasse. The fatal accident occurred on Monday evening shortly after 8.30pm. The victim a 42-year-old man died at the scene. The motorist a 50-year-old man was unharmed. The road was cut off to traffic as emergency services intervened, returning to normal shortly after 10.20pm.

Caregivers in Monaco - Caregivers in Monaco who are not vaccinated against covid will not be reinstated. In total, 18 caregivers at the Princess Grace Hospital have been suspended for refusal to be vaccinated. It was in the midst of the health crisis that like France, the Monegasque government introduced the bill requiring caregivers in the Principality to be vaccinated in order to continue to perform their duties. Passed by the National Council in September 2021 it was implemented from October 30th of the same year, for a period of 18 months.

Vaccination - It was on Monday that pharmacists in France were able to administer vaccines and boosters prescribed by doctors, including for Covid-19 and influenza. The change will mean that patients will be able to receive their vaccinations more quickly and there will be less pressure on doctor surgeries.

World first donation of a tendon - An operation has taken place in Monaco after a mother donated a tendon to treat her 20-year-old daughter. Kiara a young rugby player who had had multiple knee operations was given the tendon by her 55-year-old mother Patricia on October 8th at the IM2S in Monaco. This type of operation is prohibited in France and was a world first for the Principality.

World Health Organization - According to the World Health Organisation at least 15,000 deaths in Europe have been directly linked to heat waves in 2022. According to the WHO this toll, which includes 4,500 deaths in Germany, nearly 4,000 in Spain, more than 3,200 in the United Kingdom and a thousand in Portugal, "should increase as several countries report excess heat-related deaths".

Channel crisis - British immigration officers will be deployed to tackle the Channel crisis in French territory for the first time as part of a landmark deal.  The crucial agreement will allow UK Border Force officers into French control centres to help combat small-boat departures across the Channel. The British Prime Minister indicated on Monday that an agreement was imminent after his first meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron. The Prime Minister said he had 'renewed confidence and optimism' that deals could be struck with Paris and other European partners to combat illegal immigration.

Valbonne to invest in activities for the younger generation - Valbonne is to invest in a new skate park as part of several projects planned by the Youth Advisory Council to cater for the younger generation. As part of the changes the Arlette-Gruss playground will soon be renovated, and the Daudet multisport ground will be improved by the end of the year. Also on the program: the demolition and creation of a new skate park at the beginning of 2023, along with the creation of a street workout area, picnic tables and table tennis.

Tête de Chien clean-up operation - Members of the public have been invited to participate in the clean-up operation of the Tête de Chien site in La Turbie ahead of its closure on Monday November 15th. On Sunday November 13th, in partnership with the Apiturbie association, the town council of La Turbie is organizing a major autumn clean at the Tête de Chien.

Mild weather is set to return this week - The mild weather is set to return across France this week. After a few days of cooler temperatures and some showers at the beginning of the week, temperatures are expected to rise above seasonal norms. Forecasts predict a maximum of between 13 and 18 degrees in the north and between 17 and 22 degrees in the south, reaching up to 23 or 24 degrees in Corsica and at the foot of the Pyrenees. After a record month of October, temperatures for November are expected to be mild.

Business

A notorious Instagram influencer from Nigeria has been jailed for more than 11 years in the US for his role in an international fraud syndicate. Hushpuppi, whose real name was Ramon Abbas, flaunted his wealthy lifestyle on his page which had 2.8 million followers until it was disabled. Abbas will serve his sentence of 135 months in a federal prison. Last year he pleaded guilty to money laundering.

Facebook's parent company Meta is reportedly planning to begin large-scale layoffs this week that will affect thousands of employees. During Meta's disappointing third quarter results, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said staffing might fall. Meta has about 87,000 employees worldwide across its different platforms, which include Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. The plans for job cuts follow difficulties across the tech sector as the industry contends with slowing global economic growth.

And – Owners of Liverpool FC say they "would consider new shareholders" following reports that the club is up for sale. The Athletic reported that Fenway Sports Group (FSG), which bought Liverpool in 2010, is "inviting offers". FSG said it "remains fully committed to the success of Liverpool, both on and off the pitch". Liverpool, Premier League runners-up last season, are eighth in the table. They have reached the last 16 of the Champions League, where they will face Real Madrid in a repeat of last year's final.

Sport

Football - Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen has been named in Denmark's preliminary squad for the Fifa World Cup in Qatar. Eriksen, 30, collapsed during their Euro 2020 game against Finland last year and had lifesaving treatment on the pitch. Denmark have named 21 players of the 26-man squad and will reveal the final five following the last round of European fixtures. They take on Tunisia on 22 November.

Meanwhile, Liverpool will face Real Madrid in their Champions League last-16 tie in a repeat of the 2022 final, while Chelsea were drawn against Borussia Dortmund.Their first leg will be played at Anfield on Tuesday February 21 before the return leg on Wednesday March 15 at the Bernabeu

Tennis – Wimbledon is set to relax its ban on women players wearing coloured underwear after coming under pressure to fall in line with other sports. The All England Club is likely to announce that for next summer's championships its unique all-white rule will be modified to take account of the issues that female competitors can face with their periods.

Weather

Sunny intervals and a gentle breeze. Highs of 19 degrees in Monaco, Cannes and Antibes. Light cloud in Saint-Tropez. Highs of 18 degrees inland in the Var. This evening going down to 13 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for Wednesday scattered showers. Highs of 18 degrees. Thursday sunny intervals and highs of 20 degrees.

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