French and Riviera News Wednesday 3rd October 2018


Petition against A8 motorway pay tolls - MP Eric Ciotti has announced plans to launch a petition in favour of making part of the A8 motorway free of charge for motorists following the recent speed reduction. In a statement published on Tuesday Ciotti declared that the A8 motorway between Antibes and Nice is one of the most expensive in France and with the speed reduction introduced on Monday between Cagnes sur mer and Saint Laurent du Var it is no longer a motorway and should therefore be toll free.

Shooting in Cagnes sur mer - An 18 year old man has turned himself into the police following the shooting of a 40 year old man in Cagnes sur mer on Monday. According to reports the young man was already known to the police. The shooting which occurred on Monday afternoon happened following an argument which broke out between neighbours. The investigation continues.

SNCF to close ticket offices in Alpes Maritimes - The SNCF has announced plans to close ticket offices at six train stations in the Alpes Maritimes. From December the ticket offices of Tende, Sospel, La Trinité, Menton, Villefranche-Sur-Mer and Carnolès will be closed. The announcement has led to more than 3,000 passengers signing a petition against the move with a rally being held in Nice on Saturday afternoon.


Police arrest Redoine Faid - After three months on the run Redoine Faid has been arrested in Northern France. Police made the arrest in the early hours of this morning. Faid had made a rather spectacular helicopter escape from a prison in the Paris region on July 1st and had been on the run ever since.

French interior minister resigns - French President Emmanuel Macron has accepted the resignation of his interior minister Gerard Collomb. Collomb had been seen as one of Macron's most robust defenders and indicated two weeks ago that he intended to step down next year. Collomb, had previously announced that he planned to run for his old job as mayor of the city of Lyon.

Charles Aznavour tribute - The Elysée palace has announced that a national tribute to Charles Aznavour will take place on Friday morning in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron is to take part in the ceremony. The singer described by some as the “French Sinatra” died of natural causes at the age of 94 on Sunday evening. 


The online retail giant Amazon is raising its minimum wage in the US to 15 dollars an hour this month and has urged other firms to follow.

The world’s second most valuable company has been heavily criticised in the past for poor pay and working conditions  and the increase will push Amazon’s minimum pay to above that offered by Walmart but still three dollars less than  the average for a non-management worker in US warehousing.

The firm is also to increase the minimum wage for workers in the UK.

Amazon’s founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos said that the company had “listened to its critics” and decided that it “wanted to lead”.

Amazon is worth around a trillion dollars at its current market price.

A huge liquefied natural gas project in Canada has been given the go ahead by its partners.

The project,which is a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell ,Petronas of Malaysia,PetroChina,Korea Gas Corporation and Mitsubishi  of Japan is worth 31.9 billion US dollars and will  supply 26 million tons of LNG exported annually to emerging Asia markets.

Canada is committing 275 million Canadian dollars to the project for infrastructure and marine and environmental protection.

The LNG facility will be built in Kitimat in North Western British Colombia.

Construction is expected to start this year with the large scale LNG export terminal coming into service by 2024.

And-The chief executive of the French carmaker Citroen has said that the industry needs to consider women when designing cars.

Speaking at the Paris Motor Show,Linda Jackson said that Citroen was canvassing women’s views for what they required from a car.

She said that she likes driving  and a nice engine but what she looks for is “where am I going to put my handbag and where are the kids going to be”.

She also said that she wants to see more women involved in the industry.


Football-Manchester United’s problems continue after they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Valencia in Group H of the Champions League last night.

Pressure is growing on coach Jose Mourinho with his side booed off the pitch at the end of the match and United now without a win in 4 games.The other Group H game last night ended Juventus 3 Young Boys 0.

In the other results last night,in Group E Benfica were 3-2 winners at AEK Athens while Bayern Munich and Ajax drew 1-1.

In Group F Manchester City came from behind to win 2-1 at Hoffenheim and Lyon and Shakhtar Donetsk drew 2-2 and in Group G Real Madrid suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at CSKA Moscow and Roma thrashed Viktoria Plzen 5-0.

There are 8 more games tonight.In Group A Athletico Madrid play Club Brugge and Borussia Dortmund host Monaco.

In Group B PSV play Inter Milan while Spurs are at home to Barcelona.

Group C pairs PSG against Red Star Belgrade and Liverpool travel to Napoli while in Group D it’s Lokomotiv Moscow against Schalke  and Porto against Galatasary.

In the English Championship last night Aston Villa and Preston drew 3-3.Brentford and Birmingham drew 1-1.Leeds United were 1-0 winners at Hull.Middlesbrough were 2-0 winners at Ipswich.Wigan and Swansea drew 0-0.QPR were 1-0 winners at Reading and Stoke beat Bolton 2-0.

Leeds are top of the table on goal difference from Middlesbrough with 22 points from 11 games.

Golf-Brooks Koepka says that he’s heartbroken that one of his tee shots at the Ryder Cup resulted in a spectator losing the sight in her right eye.

The American’s drive at the 6th hole veered off course and struck 49 year old Corine Remande in the head.

Koepka says that he is deeply saddened and hurt by the tragic accident.

A Ryder Cup spokesman says that the tournament organisers have been in touch with the injured woman and that they would continue to offer support for as long as necessary.

Tennis-The women’s world number one Simona Halep may miss the WTA finals after suffering a slipped disc.

The French Open champion says that she doesn’t know how long she’ll be out after retiring from her first round match at the China Open on Sunday.

She’s unlikely to be fit for the season ending WTA Finals in Singapore which start on the 21st of October.


Clear skies with light to moderate south westerly winds.

Top temperature 23-25 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast and 12 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Clear skies with highs of 24-26 degrees.


Teenagers who regularly get less than six hours sleep each night are twice as likely to smoke, drink or take drugs. Researchers found youngsters who often stay up later and wake up earlier also face treble the risk of suicide.

Youngsters are recommended to get at least eight hours kip and no more than 10 to give them the ideal amount of rest. 

The study showeed that insufficient sleep in youth raises multiple public health concerns, including mental health, substance abuse and motor vehicle crashes. Insomnia has also been linked over the years to impaired learning, development and decision making. 

The researchers analysed data from secondary-school students who took part in the Youth Risk Behaviour Surveys of February 2007 to May 2015.











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