French and Riviera News Wednesday 3rd July 2019


Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité - Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité along with the Marseillaise and the French and European flag will be part of the classroom in French schools as of September. Adopted by Parliament after being presented by Republican MP Eric Ciotti, primary and secondary schools public and private will be obliged to comply to the reform which comes into effect as of September.

Beach safety - In order to ensure a smooth summer, Nice city council has presented plans for the town’s beaches with new measures in safety, cleanliness, accessibility, and bathing monitoring. Since 2009 the city has recorded more than 18,600 sea rescues with more than 2,100 for last summer alone. The measures will remain in effect until September 8th.

Meanwhile here in the Principality the ban on bathing in the sea at the beaches of Larvotto and Solarium has this morning been lifted. 

Gas leak - A gas leak has caused traffic diversions in the city center of Cagnes Sur Mer. The leak was detected on Tuesday afternoon on a construction site in the city center. More than 18 firefighters intervened at around 2:15 pm. A dozen workers on the site were evacuated and traffic was diverted leading to major traffic jams.

Migrant centre - The village of Sainte-Agnès has failed in its attempt to stop the opening of a centre for migrants.  The village had applied to the administrative court for the suspension of an order by the Prefect requisitioning a former leisure centre for migrant housing, but the court has dismissed the request.

Blue chairs - The famous blue chairs of Nice are soon to be installed in Antibes. The mayor of Antibes Jean Leonetti, made the announcement during a meeting on Monday at the Maison des Associations. The chairs will be part of the scenery in the newly renovated National Square, in Antibes.


Right-to-die - French doctors were set to begin turning off life support on Tuesday for road accident victim Vincent Lambert, marking the latest twist in a hugely controversial right-to-die case that has divided his family and public opinion. According to reports doctors informed the family by email saying that they intended to start removing life support in line with a French court ruling last Friday. Friday's ruling by the country's top appeals court reversed a decision by another Paris court which last month ordered that Lambert's feeding tubes be reinserted, just hours after doctors had begun switching off life support.

Storms - Following violent storms which have hit eastern France the TGV line between France and Italy through Modane (Savoie) will be closed for "several weeks". The French rail network the SNCF made the announcement on Tuesday, saying that the closure was due to a massive mudslide.

“Anti-spanking law” - France's parliament has finally adopted a ban on parents smacking their children. France become the 56th country on Tuesday to adopt the “anti-spanking law” which is already adopted by a large majority of European countries. The ban will be written into the Civil Code and read out to couples when they exchange their marital vows. The newly-weds will be told that "parental authority is exercised without physical or psychological violence".

Amazon – Amazon has announced that it will be recruiting 1,800 employees in France by the end of this year.  Reports say that the new posts will be permanent contracts. Amazon has 20 sites in France and after the recruitment drive will have 9,300 employees in France, including the new employees.

Ban on tourist buses - The deputy Mayor of Paris has said that the Capital aims to ban tourist buses from the city centre to spur visitors to walk, cycle or take public transport, tackling complaints about noise caused by mass tourism. Paris is crisscrossed by dozens of hop-on, hop-off double-decker buses that shuttle tourists between the main monuments, as well as international tourist coaches that bring in budget travellers from all over Europe.

Wine theft - Thieves have broken into the cellar of a luxury restaurant in Paris and made off with at least 150 bottles of prized wine estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of euros, a police source said. Employees at the Maison Rostang restaurant near the Arc de Triomphe discovered a 50cm hole in the wall of the wine cellar made during the break-in on Monday. The restaurant has two stars from the Michelin food guide and is described as having a “magnificent” wine list, which includes bottles from the famed Petrus and Romanee-Conti vineyards. The cellar was being renovated. The police source said the stolen wine could be worth as much as €400,000-€600,000.


The US auto industry executive Lee Iacocca has died at the age of 94.

Mr Iacocca was responsible for stopping Chrysler from going out of business and also gave the world the Ford Mustang.

During a nearly 5 decade career in Detroit that started with the Ford Motor Company in 1946 ,Mr Iacocca made the front covers of Time ,Newsweek and the New York Times Sunday Magazine  and was heralded as the most charismatic of industry leaders.

His autobiography became a best seller in the 1980’s.

Mr Iacocca encouraged boldness in his design teams and they came up with some of the most iconic sports cars of the 1960’s.

In 1980 he pulled Chrysler from the brink of collapse after managing to rally support in the US Congress for 1.2 billion dollars of federally guaranteed loans and also persuading unions ,suppliers and dealers to make sacrifices.


Christine Lagarde has been nominated to be the first female president of the European Central Bank.

Until last weekend ,the main contenders to replace Mario Draghi had been men but the current head of the International Monetary Fund is seen as being the natural choice to take over at the ECB.

Christine Lagarde ,who’s 63  is known for her straight talking and is one of the most influential figures in the world of international finance.

Her new position will give her responsibility for  the euro and the monetary policy of the eurozone.

In her current role ,she’s been praised for steering the International Monetary Fund through the aftermath of the financial crisis.


And-Shares in Tesla have risen by 7 percent after the firm set a quarterly record for vehicle delivery.

The new came following months of questions about demand for electric vehicles and Tesla’s ability to step up production.

The upturn in productivity could now help the firm increase investment.

Tesla said in a statement that it believed that it was well placed to continue growing total production and deliveries in the third quarter.

It delivered 77,550 Model 3s in the quarter compared with estimates of just over 73,000.

Deliveries of all models increased by 51 percent from the first quarter to 95,200 vehicles.



The USA are through to the final of the World Cup after beating England in a dramatic semi final in Lyon last night.

The USA took the lead on 10 minutes through Press before Ellen White equalised for England on 19 minutes.

Morgan then gave the USA a 2-1 lead on 31 minutes but all the drama unfolded late in the second half with the England skipper Steph Houghton having an 84th minute penalty saved shortly before Millie Bright was sent off for a second bookable offence.

A crowd of 53,512 watched the match at the Stade de Lyon with the USA now bidding for a 4th World Cup title  and England left to battle it out for 3rd place in Nice on Saturday where they’ll play the winners of tonight’s second semi-final between Sweden and the Netherlands.

Football-Manchester United have made a 70 million pound bid for the Leicester and England defender Harry Maguire.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to sign an experienced central defender and Maguire is also wanted for his leadership qualities.

70 million pounds is short of Leicester’s valuation for the player.

Tennis-Roger Federer survived a first round scare to make it through to the second round of Wimbledon on Tuesday.

The third seed looked out of sorts against South African qualifier Lloyd Harris before he came through 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 on centre court.He’ll now face Jay Clarke of Great Britain.

The third seed Rafael Nadal won his first round match against Yuichi Sugita of Japan in straight sets  and will now play Nick Kyrgios in round 2.

In the women’s event Johanna Konta of Great Britain made round 2 with a 7-5 6-2 win over Ana Bogdan  and there were first round wins for Serena Williams ,defending champion Angelique Kerber and the world number one Ashleigh Barty.

Cricket-India have booked their berth in the World Cup semi finals after beating Bangladesh by 28 runs at Edgebaston.

England can guarantee their place in the last 4 if they beat New Zealand at Chester-le-Street today.Play at the Riverside is due to start at 11.30.

If England lose they’ll be relying on other results to make the semi-finals.

Cycling-Mark Cavendish has said that he’s “heartbroken” after being left out of Team Dimension Data’s Tour de France squad.

Cavendish has won 30 Tour stages but has been struggling with illness since 2017.

The Manxman said that he thought that he was fit enough and had been taking part in a fitness programme which meant that he would be in peak form in July.

The Tour de France gets underway with the Grand Depart in Brussels on Saturday.


Clear skies in coastal areas-showers and possible thunderstorms inland later.

Light to moderate south easterly or variable winds and highs of 29-30 degrees in coastal areas-up to 31-33 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 25 degrees on the coast and 20 degrees inland with  clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Fine in coastal areas ,possible showers inland.Highs of 29-31 degrees.
















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