French and Riviera News Wednesday 16th October 2019


Sewage pipe bursts due to bad weather - A sewage pipe has burst on the seafront in Cannes leading to the beaches of Mandelieu, Cannes and Théoule being closed to swimmers. The incident was caused by Tuesday’s bad weather. Emergency work is being carried out in the area while authorities wait for test results on the quality of the water.

The bad weather also saw a school closed in Cannes due to flooding with 600 students being evacuated.

Boathouse destroyed by fire - A boathouse has been destroyed by a fire in Puget sur Argens. The blaze broke out on Tuesday afternoon, around 5.30pm not far from the city centre. The cause of the fire is not yet known and no casualties were reported. Thick smoke from the blaze caused disruption to traffic in the area as firefighters intervened.

Property tax - A study ranking the 50 major cities in France where property tax has increased the most in the last 10 years has shown that in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region, Nice occupies the fifth place with a 52.2% increase between 2008 and 2018.

On average, the property tax has increased by 34.7% in France between 2008 and 2018. Nice is the city of Côte d'Azur where the tax has increased the most. Toulon is in 25th place with 33.4% increase, Marseille is 30th (+ 29.4%), Avignon 39th (+ 27.1%) and Aix-en-Provence comes in last, with a property tax 17.9% more expensive than 10 years ago.

Decathlon City - Decathlon City has opened in Nice on Avenue Jean Médecin. The French sports store Decathlon already exists in the region but the new Decathlon City aims to promote health and fitness by giving group classes in fitness, yoga and Pilates before the store opens between 9am and 10am and every evening from 8pm to 9pm. There are only five other Decathlon City stores in France which aim to promote sport in their neighbourhoods.

President Emmanuel Macron to visit Monaco in the coming months - Laurent Stéfanini, ambassador of France in Monaco since 16th September, has announced the upcoming visit of the French head of state Emmanuel Macron. Representing the head of the French state here in the Principality Stéfanini made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday.

First snowflakes in the Hautes-Alpes - The first snowflakes have fallen above Briançon at the station of Serre-Chevalier. About ten centimeters have covered the ground. While it was raining in the Alpes Maritimes the Hautes-Alpes saw around 2200 m of snow at the station on Tuesday.


Firefighters protest in Paris - Thousands of French firefighters have demonstrated in Paris protesting against low pay and difficult working conditions and to ask for better guarantees of their pension benefits and ultimately greater respect for their profession. Firefighters from all over France joined the procession on Tuesday of professional firefighters “in anger”. In response to their demonstration, police fired tear gas and water cannons. Their protest comes two weeks after a similar one by police in the streets of the capital.

Imported sausages - Health authorities are warning of sausages imported into France from a German factory, which has filed for bankruptcy, could be contaminated with listeria. It’s believed sausages from the factory may have led to the deaths of three Germans in the last year. All the sausages came from the Wilkes factory but the French Ministry of Agriculture has stressed that there were no human cases in France.

Oldest known man living in France dies at 111 - The oldest known man living in France has passed away at the age of 111. Roger Auvin, was born on 20th March 1908 in the Vienne department. He became France’s oldest man on 24 November 2016, when his predecessor, Georges Massard, passed away at the age of 110 in the Normandy region. His passing makes Marcel Meys of the Rhone region the country’s oldest man, at 110. Lucile Randon, France’s oldest woman at 115, lives in the Mediterranean city of Toulon.


The International Monetary Fund has warned that the global economy is growing at its slowest pace since the financial crisis.

The IMF said that world growth would reach just 3 percent this year-down from its July forecast of 3.2 percent owing to a number of factors including trade wars ,uncertainty over Brexit and geopolitical tensions.

The organisation said that there’s an “urgent need” for leaders to de-escalate tensions and that the global outlook remains “precarious”.

The IMF predicted that growth in developed economies would slow from 2.3 percent last year to 1.7 in 2019  and that growth in the US would slip back to 2.4 percent this year from 2.9 percent in 2018.

The UK is now forecast to have a growth rate of 1.2 percent for 2019 down from 1.4 percent last year and in Germany,which is reeling from a downturn in car production,growth is forecast at just half a percent this year-down from 1.5 percent in 2018.


The pound has jumped to its highest level in five months against the dollar and the euro following reports that the two sides in the Brexit negotiations are closing in on a draft deal.

Shares in banks and homebuilders also rose on the news as optimism about a breakthrough buoyed companies with a UK focus.

Sterling rose by 1.5 percent against the dollar to 1 US dollar 28 and to 1 euro 15.5 cents.

Analysts say that reaction from the markets shows that they want the deal to be over and done with although doubts remained about the final outcome given the short time left to negotiate and the difficulties of getting it through the UK Parliament.


And-Britain’s best known stockpicker is to close his remaining investment funds signalling the end of a multi-billion pound empire.

Neil Woodford was sacked from the fund on Tuesday and has since announced that he’s closing two other funds.

Mr Woodford earned a huge reputation over 30 years of successful investing and managed more than 14 billion pounds worth of assets at the peak of his business.

He was dismissed from his Equity Income Fund by administrators on Tuesday following a series of disastrous investments.

The fund will now be wound up and any money returned to investors.

In a statement issued last night ,the so called ‘Oracle of Oxford’ said that he “personally deeply regret the impact events have had on individuals who placed their faith in the business and invested in its funds”.



Scotland are to face a disciplinary hearing following comments made by chief executive Mark Dodson in the run-up to their defeat against Japan last Sunday.

Mr Dodson had criticised World Rugby’s “rigidity” and had hinted at legal action of the game had been called off because of Typhoon Hagibis.

Scotland lost the game and are out of the World Cup but the tournament director Alan Gilpin says that Mr Dodson’s comments have been referred to its disciplinary committee.

Mr Gilpin says that the tournament rules were set out quite clearly before the start of the World Cup and that all participants had signed an agreement to abide by the regulations.

Billy Vunipola looks like he’s going to be fit for England’s quarter final against Australia on Saturday.

The number 8 was taken off at half time against Argentina 10 days ago with an ankle injury but is reported to be training normally now.

England haven’t won a World Cup knockout match for 12 years but they’ve beaten the Wallabies in all of their last 6 meetings.

And-The Ireland prop Cian Healy has conceded that defeat against New Zealand in their quarter final could herald the end of a golden era for Irish rugby.

Coach Joe Schmidt and captain Rory Best will both step down after the tournament and Healy said that the match in Tokyo really is “do or die”.

The All Blacks are undefeated in their last 17 World Cup matches and last lost to France in the quarter finals in 2007.


Football-The president of Uefa has said that the “football family and governments” need to wage war on the racists marring games.

Aleksander Ceferin was speaking in the wake of the disgraceful scenes in Sofia on Monday during Bulgaria’s European Championship qualifying game against England.

The match was halted twice by the referee after England’s black players faced a barrage of racist abuse from a small section of Bulgarian “supporters”.

Ceferin said that football associations alone can’t solve the problem and that authorities needed to work together in decency and honour to make progress.

Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Bulgaria charging the country’s football association with allowing fans to indulge in racist behaviour including Nazi salutes and monkey chants.

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton has said that he feels like “giving everything up” and has called the world “messed up”.

In a post on Instragam ,the 5 time world champion  urged people to “go vegan” and said that it was the only way to save the planet.

In September ,Hamilton sold his private jet in a bid to go greener and has also opened a plant based restaurant in London.

He went on to say that “extinction of our race is becoming more and more likely as we over use our resources” and that he “was sad with the thought of where the world is going”.

Athletics-Great Britain’s world heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson has been nominated for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award.

Johnson-Thompson won her first outdoor title at the World Championships in Doha earlier this month with a British record 6,981 points.

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who won the 100 meters gold at the Championships is also nominated.


Mainly fine with moderate westerly winds across the Var.

Top temperature 22 degrees.

Overnight lows of 13 degrees on the coast and 11 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Thursday and Friday-Mainly fine tomorrow ,rain on Friday.Highs of 19-22 degrees.


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