French and Riviera News Wednesday 8th September 2021


Road accident - A motorcyclist has been seriously injured in an accident in Cap d'Antibes. The accident occurred on Tuesday evening at around 6pm when local residents heard a terrible noise. The biker in his thirties, is believed to have lost control and hit a parked car. He was taken to Pasteur hospital in Nice. Police have opened an investigation.

TER link between Marseille and Nice - France’s SNCF train network risks losing one on its lines after the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region announced on Tuesday its proposal to elected officials to vote in favour of the transport group Transdev, for the TER train link between Marseille and Nice.

The Marseille-Nice rail link, via Toulon, concerns 10% of regional traffic in terms of the number of trains offered. Three companies were in competition: the SNCF, Transdev and the Italian Thello. If regional elected officials confirm this choice on October 29th it would be the first rail line not to be operated by the SNCF.

Brigitte Bardot pays tribute to “Bebel” - French actress Brigitte Bardot has paid tribute to Jean-Paul Belmondo saying, “I think of him, I loved him and I miss him”. The two emblematic actors of French cinema had, over the years, become close. In 2012, Belmondo had even adopted his dog "Chipie" from the Bardot Foundation. Following Belmondo’s death at the age of 88 on Monday the Elysée announced that the national tribute will take place tomorrow, Thursday, September 9th at the Invalides in the French capital.

MIPIM and Yachting Festival start in Cannes - Real estate professionals are gathering in Cannes for MIPIM World, which got underway at the Palais des Festivals on Tuesday. The main theme of this year's gathering is New World, New Era - Time to Reconnect. Mayor of Cannes David Lisnard was present at the opening ceremony of the two-day event, as was the Minister of Housing Emmanuelle Wargon. The Cannes Yachting Festival also opened on Tuesday. The show features almost 600 boats and 430 exhibitors. It's taking place until this Sunday, 12th September.

Collection of toys and games for Lenval foundation - The Monaco town hall is involved in the Voiles Blanches Bettimask operation, the aim of which is to collect children's toys and games for the benefit of the Lenval Foundation. If you would like to contribute, two drop-off boxes are located in the Principlaity - one at the entrance to the Town Hall, the other at La Condamine Market. Everyone is welcome to drop off a game or a toy, which must be new and without gift wrapping, to be given to children in hospital.

Hottest summer on record - A European climate change agency has reported that the summer of 2021 was the hottest on record in Europe. The average June-July-August temperature for Europe was nearly 1 degree higher than the 1991-2020 average, which makes it the hottest summer, by a small margin (0.1 ° C), ahead of the summers of 2010 and 2018.

32 departments placed on weather warning - Meanwhile Météo-France has placed 32 departments, from the southwest to Île-de-France, on an orange weather alert with the risk of thunderstorms. The warning is in place from 4pm today until at least, tomorrow morning.

All the departments of the Ile-de-France region are concerned. The other departments are: Eure-et-Loir, Loiret, Yonne, Sarthe, Loir-et-Cher, Cher, Nièvre, Indre-et-Loire, Allier, Indre, Creuse, Haute-Vienne, Corrèze, Dordogne, Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne, Aveyron, Tarn, Gers, l 'Aude, Ariège, Haute-Garonne and Hautes-Pyrénées.


A judge in the United States has said that the board of directors of Boeing must face a lawsuit from shareholders over two fatal crashes involving its 737 Max plane. Judge Morgan Zurn said that the first crash was a red flag about a key safety system on the aircraft that the board should have heeded but instead ignored. He said the real victims were those who died and their families but investors had also lost billions of dollars. The crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia in 2018 and 2019 killed all 346 people on board and led to the 737 Max being grounded around the world. Investigations later found that a flaw in an automated flight control system was at fault. In January, Boeing paid $2.5 billion to settle criminal charges that it concealed information about changes to the flight control system from safety officials. The firm is still facing civil lawsuits from families along with the latest action from shareholders. Boeing says that it will consider its next steps adding that it was disappointed with the court’s decision.

Leading business groups in the UK have reacted with dismay to the government’s national insurance hike and surcharge on dividend income to boost health and social care spending from next April. The British