French and Riviera News Wednesday 14th September 2022

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Weather warning - The Var and the Alpes Maritimes regions have been placed on a yellow weather warning with thunderstorms forecast. The warning which concerns the entire department from the hinterland to the coastline was issued at 7am this morning and is in place until 4pm this afternoon. Several other departments in the lower Rhône Valley including the Ardèche, Vaucluse and the Bouches-du-Rhone were placed on orange weather warning.

Man found dead at his home in Draguignan - A 52-year-old man has been found dead in his home in Draguignan city centre. Emergency services intervened on Tuesday afternoon at around 2pm after worried relatives raised the alarm. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of death.

Road accident in Antibes - Two young women have been injured in a road accident in Antibes. The incident involving a motorcycle and a car occurred on the Chemin Saint-Claude at around 5.30pm on Tuesday evening. Traffic was disrupted in the area as emergency services intervened. An investigation has been opened to determine the exact circumstances.

Man arrested for attacking Ukrainian refugees - A man reported to be of Ukrainian nationality has been arrested and placed in police custody after attacking two Ukrainian refugees in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on Sunday. Alina and Olena were attacked while they were strolling by the sea.

Credit card theft - Two people have been charged and remanded in custody in connection with thefts of bank cards in the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes as well as several other areas of France. It's alleged that the two diverted the attention of elderly people at cash machines in order to steal their card and pin which were later used by the duo to make withdrawals.

French air traffic to be disrupted - French air traffic is expected to be disrupted on Friday because of industrial action by air traffic controllers. The government body which manages civil aviation said that air traffic across France is expected to be severely disrupted from 6am on Friday 16 September to 6am on Saturday the 17th. Significant cancellations and delays are expected. It said that it suggests postponing your trip if possible and to get in touch with your airline.

Energy situation in France - France’s Prime Minister will this afternoon hold a press conference on the country's "energy situation". Elisabeth Borne plans to discuss the country's supply scenarios.  The government has promised that the rise in gas and electricity prices will remain "contained" after the shield expires on December 31.

Euthanasia - France is a step closer to legalising euthanasia after a national ethics committee on Tuesday said it was in favour of assisted suicide under strict, supervised conditions. The report by the National Consultative Ethics Committee (CCNE) comes ahead of a citizens' convention in October that has been set up to examine the issue. Earlier this year French President Emmanuel Macron said that he wanted France to “evolve” towards the "Belgian model" of decriminalising euthanasia, particularly in cases of serious degenerative disease. An Ifop poll published in 2021 found that French opinions were inconsistent with the country’s laws – with 93 percent of people saying they favoured euthanasia.

Jean-Luc Godard resorted to assisted suicide - Meanwhile the family of Franco-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, father of the New Wave cinema, who died on Tuesday at the age of 91, have confirmed that Godard resorted to assisted suicide. One relative told reporters “He wasn't sick, he was just exhausted”. In a statement his family said “the filmmaker died "peacefully" on Tuesday at his home in the small town of Rolle in Switzerland.  There are different forms of assisted death in Switzerland, such as passive euthanasia and assisted suicide. The best known remains assisted suicide, a practice which is not specifically regulated but is authorized under certain conditions.

40th anniversary Princess Grace - Today September 14th marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Princess Grace. Aged just 52 her death was a shock to the world, and provoked great outpourings of grief and emotion. The Princess’s contributions to Monaco were considerable, including the idea of establishing an English language radio station, today known as Riviera Radio. The Principality today remembers and cherishes the immense contribution the Princess made to life here in the Principality, the lasting changes and charitable works which continue to this day. To celebrate the life of Princess Grace, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra will hold a concert tomorrow evening at 8pm at the Rainier III Auditorium and in Nice Henry-Jean Servat is from today organising the screening of nine Grace Kelly films at the Cinémathèque. An event that according to the town councillor in charge of the cinema Prince Albert is planning to attend on 27th September, at the showing of To Catch a Thief

100% electric rally - From Cagnes sur mer to Monaco via Italy a 100% electric rally with set off this morning along the Riviera coast. 50 vehicles will drive for two days to raise awareness of "ecological mobility" arriving tomorrow at 6 p.m. in Monaco.

Business

Shares in Wall Street had their worst day in more than two years after inflation in the US remained unexpectedly high last month. Prices rose 8.3% in the 12 months through August, faster than the 8.1% that economists had expected. The worry on Wall Street has affected stock markets across the world.

Twitter's shareholders have voted to approve a deal with Elon Musk to buy the company for $44bn (£38bn). The decision was made in a short conference call with investors from the company's San Francisco headquarters. It means Twitter will now try to force Elon Musk to buy the company in the courts.

France’s Finance Minister has announced a "banking shield" to limit the increase in fees to 2% in 2023. Bruno Le Maire, made the announcement after a meeting with representatives of the sector on Tuesday declaring that "all banks have made a commitment not to increase their banking fees by more than 2% over the year 2023".

Aldi has overtaken Morrisons to become the fourth-largest UK supermarket for the first time. Discounters are grabbing more market share as shoppers take steps to manage their budgets. Food prices are rising quickly as energy and fuel costs soar, and the war in Ukraine squeezes grain production and pushes up fertiliser costs.

Sport

Football - Liverpool celebrated their first Champions League win this season beating Ajax last night 2-1 at Anfield.

In other football news it’s been reported that Paris St-Germain are planning to offer Lionel Messi a new contract and Barcelona are interested in re-signing the Argentina forward, but the 35-year-old will not make a decision on his future until after the World Cup. 

Rugby League - Alex Walmsley has been ruled out of the Rugby League World Cup with a foot injury. The St Helens and England player was injured during the Super League match against Wigan Warriors in August and will miss the rest of the season.

Weather

Meteo France has issued a yellow weather alert across the region with thunderstorms and rain forecast. The warning is in place until 4pm this afternoon. Highs of 28 degrees in Monaco, Nice and Cannes. 30 degrees in Saint Tropez. This evening going down to 20 degrees.

Outlook for tomorrow and Friday, fine and sunny with clear skies and highs of 32-33 degrees.

Sunrise              07.08hr    Sunset      19.42hr  

Sea temperature     25 degrees       UV level             2

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