French and Riviera News Wednesday 25th October 2023

News

Rainfall - Heavy rainfall in the Alpes Maritimes, especially in Nice on Tuesday, saw the equivalent of rainfall for June, July and August fall in just a few hours. Between 30 and 60 mm of rain fell in Nice. Météo France noted 32 mm at Nice airport and 60 mm in the Madeleine district of the city. While the recent storm Aline, which hit the region last Friday, affected mainly the hinterland Tuesday’s Mediterranean episode mainly concerned the coastline. Today should be mainly fine with sunny spells but, Météo France has warned of strong winds from midday especially along the coast with gust of up to 70km/hr.

Villages deprived of drinking water - The bad weather has left many villages in the hinterland of Nice without drinking water. All of Lucéram is affected with local authorities saying that as a “precaution the water is considered to be unfit for consumption”. In the meantime, local town halls are distributing bottled water to residents.

Man hit and killed by vehicle on motorway - Police have opened an investigation after a pedestrian was fatally hit and killed by a car on the A50 motorway in the Var. The accident occurred on Tuesday evening westbound near the Carrefour shopping center at around 8.20pm. The victim a 48-year-old man from La Seyne was declared dead at the scene.

Monaco candidate for the World Capital of Sport 2025 - The Principality of Monaco has announced that it's officially a candidate for the title World Capital of Sport in 2025. The announcement was made at the conclusion of the visit to the Principality of members of the ACES association, an organization which represents the Federation of European Sports Capitals and Cities. Over four days, the nine members were able to gain an overview of Monegasque sports policy, visit sports facilities and speak with representatives from the amateur and professional sectors.

Douliou-Douliou-Douliou Saint Tropez ? – Well, you might want to pay a visit this Friday to Saint-Tropez to experience the famous “Braderie” or clearance sale. From Friday and for three days the small alley ways of Saint-Tropez will be filled with shoppers looking for a bargain. The Braderie which has a 30-year-old history marks the end of the summer season. In total, nearly 230 brands will offer attractive discounts. For motorists coming from the east of the Var or the Alpes Maritimes and who wish to avoid long queues and problems parking, the green boat can be taken from Saint-Maxime.

Business

A dozen states in the US have taken legal action against Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram accusing the social networks of misleading the public about the risks of using social media and contributing to a mental health crisis among youth. They say the company used addictive features while concealing the "substantial dangers" of its platforms. The lawsuit said Meta had broken consumer protection laws by engaging in "deceptive" conduct. A spokesperson for Meta said the company shared the commitment of the attorneys general to "providing teens with safe, positive experiences online” and had "already introduced over 30 tools to support teens and their families".

It has been confirmed that the cap on bankers' bonuses is being removed as part of a post-Brexit shake-up of UK financial rules. The decision was first announced by the former chancellor last year, who said it would make London a more attractive place to do business. The cap on bonuses will be lifted from 31 October. Introduced in 2014 when the UK was part of the EU, the cap was designed to curb excessive risk-taking in the financial services industry in the wake of the 2008 financial crash.

And – According to a new report Bitcoin mining consumes more electricity than most countries, therefore revealing its damaging environmental impact. Mining is the process by which transactions are added to and validated on the blockchain. The report showed that the carbon footprint was the equivalent of burning 84 billion pounds of coal.

Sport

Football – According to reports Italian footballer Sandro Tonali, who plays for Premier League club Newcastle United, is in discussions with Italian authorities over a 10-month ban after he admitted to placing bets on matches in which he played. Ahead of Newcastle’s match this evening in the Champions League Newcastle’s manager has said that he expects Tonali to be available for tonight’s match.

Cricket - South Africa have managed to produce yet another batting masterclass thrashing Bangladesh by 149 runs in Mumbai. They now move up to second in the Cricket World Cup table.

Paris Olympics - Team GB has announced plans to open the doors of its hospitality house to punters for the first time at the Olympics in Paris next year. The move will allow British fans to minge with medallists. A limited number of tickets are going on sale next month, starting at around £150 for adults.

Weather

Mainly fine with some cloudy patches in the Alpes Maritime. A fresh moderate to strong breeze. Highs of 22 degrees this morning in Nice, Monaco and Antibes reaching 24 degrees this afternoon. 22 degrees in Saint-Tropez, 23 degrees in Mougins and 21 degrees in Toulon with a moderate breeze. This evening going down to 14 degrees in the Var and 16 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes with clear skies.

The outlook for Thursday and Friday. Tomorrow, strong winds with sunny intervals and highs of 22 degrees. Friday strong winds and sunny highs of 23 degrees.

Sunrise       07.56am

Sunset        06.31pm

 

 

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