French and Riviera News Wednesday 11th May 2022

News

Man left in critical condition after being stabbed - A man has been stabbed near a college in the 13th arrondissement of Marseille. The victim, a military doctor was at the time collecting his children.  A 24-year-old man, in possession of a small knife, was arrested by the police. He has no criminal record. Questioned by police, his parents indicated that he had been complaining of psychological problems for several weeks. On Twitter, France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin thanked "passers-by and the police for their quick reaction." An investigation has been opened, but the track of a terrorist act has been ruled out for the moment.

Cases of E.coli - 56 cases of E.coli have been recorded in France, including three in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region. Public Health France said the cases were contracted after consuming pizzas from the Buitoni brand. According to the authorities the 56 cases concern 55 children and one adult and two victims have died. A total of 11 complaints have been filed for "manslaughter", "involuntary injury" and "deception on merchandise".

Mayor of Nice wishes to stay close to the people of Nice - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has denied rumours, during an interview on French television saying that he has “not asked to be part President Macron’s new government” promising that he wishes “to remain close to the people of Nice”. Speaking on CNews Estrosi also strongly denied that Macron had asked him to join his new government.

Changes to Monegasque law on women’s rights - Changes are expected to be made to women's rights in Monaco. Tomorrow Thursday 12th May, elected officials will examine a bill aiming to modify the texts of Monegasque law of notions deemed “obsolete and unequal”. The Minister of State Pierre Dartout adds that "this updating of the legal provisions contributes to continuing the construction of the structure of women's rights and to bringing the Principality into line with the evolution of society and at an international level, in accordance with the recommendations of the United Nations".

100 bus line - The Principality of Monaco has increased its financial participation in the 100 bus line which runs between Nice and Menton via Monaco. The Monegasque State made a substantial financial contribution in 2016 to improve the service offered on the route, in particular to better meet the needs of employees traveling daily between Nice and Monaco. In 2019 before the pandemic, there were just over 2.5 million trips, 60% of which originated from or had their destination in Monaco. The government has decided to support the objective of making the line 100 fleet ecologically green by 2023, by increasing its financial contribution to €580,000 per year.

Cannes Film Festival - Kylie Minogue will be appearing during the Cannes Film Festival. The Aussie star Tweeted on Tuesday that she will be performing a remixed version of her 2001 hit “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” with dance music star Peggy Gou on 19 May.

Top Marques - Top Marques will open next month with more supercars and hypercars than ever on display including 18 new models that have never been presented in Monaco before. The 17th edition of the supercar show, which will take place under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco from 9 to 12 June 2022, will host more than 110 cars, 15 motorbikes, 3 aerial vehicles and a collection of superboats and water toys on the Esplanade of the Grimaldi Forum.

Domaine du Rayol - The emblematic Hotel de la mer in Rayol Canadel is to begin a major transformation. The structural and visual restoration work on the main building of the Domaine du Rayol is set to start this summer and to complete the budget, the Jardin des Méditerranées is calling for donations. Since the acquisition of the Domaine du Rayol by the Coastal Conservatory in 1989, the Hôtel de la mer has not had a real facelift. Emergency works - waterproofing and consolidation - were carried out during the nineties and the floor of the terrace was restored between 2017 and 2018. But no restoration had been scheduled for this building dating back to 1919.  

Business

Elon Musk has told the Financial Times Future of the Car summit that Twitter's decision to ban the former US president was "morally wrong and flat-out stupid". Musk says if his bid to buy Twitter is successful he will reverse Donald Trump's ban from the platform. The richest man in the world agreed a $44bn (£34.5bn) takeover bid with the Twitter board last month. But he said it was not a done deal and that ideally it would be completed in the next two to three months.

Toyota says it will suspend operations at more production lines at its factories in Japan this month due to the coronavirus lockdown in Shanghai. The firm says the production halt will come into effect on Monday and stay in place until of end of next week. It is the latest big car maker to announce that it is being impacted by the Covid-19 measures in China.

The world’s first four largest fortunes have lost $75 billion dollars in three days. The current state of the world stock markets has brought down the assets of Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Bernard Arnault as for the past few days, a wave of panic has gripped the world stock markets. In Paris, the CAC 40 dropped 2.75% on Monday, the Dow Jones nearly 2% on Wall Street and the Nasdaq tumbled 4.29%. Over the past three trading sessions, the four wealthiest people in the world have together lost $75 billion. According to Bloomberg Billionaires Elon Musk who was worth 268 billion dollars last week is now worth "only" 229, Jeff Bezos went from $150 billion to $133 billion. Bill Gates limited the breakage with a setback of 7 billion ($120 billion). Finally, Bernard Arnault left experienced a decline from 132 to 120 billion dollars in a few days.

According to the boss of Leonardo, an Italian aeronautics and defense giant, in 2021 the cost of cyber-crime represented 6000 billion dollars and a fifth of the attacks targeted Europe. Cyber-crime is becoming more threatening and cost the world more than 6,000 billion dollars (5,700 billion euros) last year. Speaking at the opening of the Rome Cybertech Europe 2022 Alessandro Profumo said, "emerging cybersecurity threats over the past two years have been 'collateral damage' from the covid outbreak and the acceleration of digitalization it has brought about”.

If you have an old iPod in your draw then hold on to it as Apple has announced it is discontinuing its music player, the iPod Touch, bringing to an end a device widely praised for revolutionising how people listen to music. When the first iPod was launched in 2001, it could store 1,000 tracks. Today there are more than 90 million songs on Apple's streaming service. The iPod Touch was designed by the same team that later invented the iPhone, which quickly overshadowed the iPod. Apple last updated the iPod in 2019.

Sport

Football - Liverpool fans are breathing a sigh of relief this morning after the Reds maintained the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City surviving an early scare to come from behind and win at Aston Villa last night, 2-1.

Manchester City have reached an agreement to sign Norway striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund. 21 year old Haaland will join in July after City activated a 60m euro (£51.2m) release clause in his contract.

In the Premier league tonight Leeds play Chelsea, Leicester face Norwich. Watford are at home to Everton and Wolverhampton play Manchester City.

Cycling - Germany's Lennard Kamna won stage four of the Giro d'Italia in Sicily, finishing one second ahead of Spain's Juan Pedro Lopez after a gruelling climb up Mount Etna. Lopez moved into first place in the general classification.

Tennis - British number one Emma Raducanu was forced to retire from her Italian Open first-round match when she was again hampered by a back injury.

Cricket - Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has emerged as a contender to be England's Test coach. McCullum, 40, is interested in the job and has held talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Weather

Hazy skies in the morning, sunny in the afternoon. Light winds. Highs of 21 degrees in Nice, Saint Paul de Vence and Cannes. This evening going down to 14 degrees with clear skies. In Toulon and the Var highs of 23 degrees clear skies and a gentle breeze. This evening going down to 12 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for Thursday and Friday - Sunny with highs of 21-23 degrees.

And Finally

One lucky UK ticket-holder has won Tuesday’s £184 million EuroMillions jackpot, becoming the UK's biggest ever National Lottery winner. The winning EuroMillions numbers were 3, 25, 27, 28 and 29, plus the Lucky Star numbers 4 and 9. One ticket matched all seven numbers to win £184,262,899.10. The wait now begins for the winner to come forward a claim their winnings.

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