French and Riviera News Wednesday 6th November 2019


Ski season - The region’s ski resorts have announced that they are set to open the slopes from 30th November. With recent snowfall the season will kick off in Auron and Isola 2000 on Saturday 30th November before welcoming skiers on a daily basis from the 7th December and in the La Colmiane the resort will open weekends only from the 30th until the Christmas holidays. Valberg is still to set a date.

Speed bumps removed - The town of Bandol in the Var has decided to remove speed bumps on the port. A move which will eventually be implemented in the other areas due to the fact that 99% of speed bumps in the town are illegal and deemed “dangerous” by road authorities. The town of Six Fours had already removed its speed bumps, a move welcomed by motorists and police due to safety issues.

French State drops plans to sell land - Following a petition with more than 34,000 signatures and a letter from the Mayor, the French State has decided against plans to sell land on Sainte Marguerite island situated opposite Cannes. The Mayor of Cannes David Lisnard declared the news as a “great victory for Cannes, its landscape and the safeguard of its identity. The area is used every summer by hundreds of children and is classified as a nature reserve home to over 130 bird species.

Meanwhile the beaches of Cannes have signed a “plan of action” with the city council in the case of a Tsunami. A first in France, the move announced on Tuesday aims to provide training, safety measures and an alert system. According to one expert from the Geoazur laboratory Laurie Boschetti there is “a real risk” in the region due to the area being exposed to possible earthquakes 20 to 30km from the coast line.


Tensions in Paris suburbs - Three French cabinet ministers have visited a cultural centre in the suburbs of Paris which was set alight at the weekend in incidents of urban violence that reflect tensions with local gangs. The three government ministers visited the site and met with firefighters and police officers who were caught in an apparent ambush in the town some 30 kilometres west of Paris. France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner called the act “unacceptable” and promised that “justice would be done” in the town.

Immigration - As French President Emmanuel Macron toughens his stance on immigration it has been announced that France will start setting quotas for migrant workers from next year. The French labour minister, Muriel Pénicaud, said on Tuesday that France would set quotas for the first time, with the government working with employers to identify industries lacking qualified candidates and where foreigners could fill the gap.

Survey - A survey published today has revealed that 73% of teaching staff in secondary education in France believe that their working conditions are having a directly negative influence on their health. 14% declared to have stopped working as a result of poor health related to work and only 18% of respondents claim to be satisfied.



A report by Reuters says that Wall Street analysts are increasingly looking at how resilient firms are to climate change when making risk evaluations.

The report says that investors ,analysts research firms and even companies themselves are putting more emphasis on how climate change issues including rising sea levels and record heatwaves will affect profits and revenues and what firms are doing to address the risks.

Reuters reports that firms in states such as California ,Florida and Louisiana are being increasingly asked how they will protect their businesses from climate change.

Overall ,it’s reported that more than 70 Wall Street listed firms have discussed the potential impact of climate change on their quarterly results since the start of the year.

Fund managers are said to be taking a much closer look at whether the physical locations of a firm’s property  and equipment could put them at higher risk of being impacted by climate change.

A Boeing whistleblower has claimed that passengers of the firm’s 787 Dreamliner could be left without oxygen if the cabin were to suffer sudden decompression.

John Barnett says that tests suggested that up to a quarter of the oxygen systems fitted on planes could be faulty  and might not work when needed.

Mr Barnett also claims that faulty parts had been deliberately fitted to planes on the production line at one Boeing plant.

Boeing has denied the allegations and says that all of its aircraft are built to the highest levels of safety and quality.

Mr Barnett ,a former quality control engineer ,worked for Boeing for 32 years  until his retirement on health grounds in 2017.

And-The British high street rout is continuing with the announcement that Mothercare UK is to cease trading with the potential loss of 2,800 jobs.

The firm is to close all 79 of its UK stores as well as its online business after calling in the administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers on Tuesday.

The administration will not include Mothercare’s profitable overseas operations which have more than 1,000 stores in 40 countries.

Only 50 staff at the UK headquarters will keep their jobs in order to deal with running the international business.

Mothercare opened its first store in 1961 and has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1972.

In recent years its been struggling to compete with cheaper supermarket clothing ranges  and the rise in online shopping.The store closures are expected to take place over the next few months.



Rugby Union-The World Cup winning South Africa team has returned home to a heroes welcome three days after beating England in the final in Tokyo.

Thousands of cheering fans crammed into the airport at Johannesburg to welcome the team home after they won their first World Cup since 2007.

The Springboks captain Siya Kolisi said that the victory had been for the whole country and hoped that it would make it an “even better place”.

The defeated England team also made low key return home on Tuesday with the players and coaches choosing not to speak to the media.

The English Premiership champions Saracens are to appeal against a 35 point deduction and a fine of 5.36 million pounds after being found guilty of breaching salary cap regulations over three seasons.

The punishment won’t be imposed until the appeal is concluded so Saracens will remain in 4th place in the table for the time being.

The club described the sanctions as “heavy handed”.The charges relate to the failure to disclose player payments for the past three seasons.

Seven of the 31 man England squad who travelled to Japan for the World Cup play for the club.

Football-There were 8 ties in the European Champions League last night with the match of the round at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea came from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 with Ajax.

Liverpool won their Group E game against Genk 2-1 while Lyon of France beat Benfica 3-1 in Group G.

There are 8 more games tonight including Atalanta against Manchester City in Group C and Red Star Belgrade against Spurs in Group B. PSG play Club Bruges in Group A.

Formula 1-There are calls for Lewis Hamilton to receive a knighthood after he won his 6th drivers’ championship at the US Grand Prix on Sunday.

Hamilton is now just one title short of the all time record of 7 set by Michael Schumacher and many believe that he’s proved himself to be one of the greatest ever British sportsmen.

The former England football captain Gary Lineker is among those calling for Hamilton to receive the honour and says that no-one deserves it more in the sporting arena.

Tennis-Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have been drawn in the same group for the ATP World Tour Finals which start in London on Sunday.

Djokovic and Federer will play each other and Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini.

The other group is made up from Rafael Nadal , Daniil Medvedev ,Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev.

Nadal says that he intends to play despite a small abdominal tear that showed up on a scan yesterday.He pulled out of last week’s Paris Masters before the semi-finals.


Clear skies with a moderate to strong westerly wind across the Var.

Top temperature 18 degrees.

Overnight lows of 11 degrees on the coast and 7 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Clouding over with some showers in the Var tomorrow and some rain in the Alpes-Maritimes on Friday morning.Highs of 15-17 degrees.


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