French and Riviera News Wednesday 25th September 2019

Local

Missing person - Police in the Var have launched an appeal following the disappearance of a young man reported missing on Tuesday evening. The man was last seen in the Cannet des Maures and is described as having short dark brown hair and was wearing a black tracksuit and a light grey t-shirt. Anyone who may have any information is invited to contact the police on 04.94.46.97.94.

Demonstrations - Nearly 150 demonstrations have taken place across France in protest against government reforms to wages, public services and pensions. In Nice demonstrators gathered at the main train station before marching to Place Garibaldi. Meanwhile in Marseille 3,700 protestors gathered on the Old Port. 

Fire destroys warehouse in Cuers - A warehouse has been destroyed by a fire in Cuers in the Var. The blaze broke out on Tuesday evening at around 7pm. 45 firefighters tackled the blaze to prevent it from spreading. Smoke from the fire disrupted traffic on the A57 motorway with motorists being advised to slow down. An investigation has been opened to determine the cause.

Soldier arrested in Hyeres - A 30-year-old soldier has been handed a 15-month suspended prison sentence for buying fake fifty euro notes over the internet. Arrested in Hyeres, in the Var, the 30-year-old was found to be in possession of one hundred counterfeit 50 euros notes. 

Driver’s license - Foreign residents here in Monaco have been reminded by authorities in the Principality that any person holding a foreign driver’s license and residing in Monaco needs to apply for a Monegasque driver’s license and has one year to do so. At the end of the one-year period, the foreign license will no longer be valid, and its holder loses all rights to drive a vehicle in the Principality.

The Riviera - The film crew of the hit television series  Riviera have begun shooting in Saint Tropez. The production team who are currently filming the third season of the series will be in the region for six weeks. The Voiles de Saint Tropez is reported to be at the heart of the new plot along with scenes shot on the beaches of Pampelonne as well as a school in Cogolin.

National

UN General Assembly - Ahead of his speech at the opening of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump has said he there was no need for French President Emmanuel Macron to act as a mediator between Washington and Tehran, saying the Iranians “know who to call”. Saying his administration had already put "a lot of pressure" on Tehran, he hinted at new measures in the US campaign to end Iran's nuclear technology programmes and, more generally, to curb the country's power in the Middle East.

Celebrity French chef - Celebrity French chef Marc Veyrat has announced that he is suing the Michelin guide after his restaurant was stripped of the maximum three-star rating. Veyrat's La Maison des Bois (House in the Woods) in the Alps was demoted to two stars in January. Speaking to French media Veyrat said "I've been disgraced," adding that the announcement had left his staff "in tears". He earlier said food inspectors "dared to say we put cheddar in our soufflé". The cheeses used in the dish were always French, he said on Tuesday, listing varieties such as Beaufort and Reblochon. "I put saffron in it, and the gentleman who came thought it was cheddar because it was yellow," Veyrat told France Inter radio.

Toymakers - French toymakers have signed a pact to rid games and toys of the gender stereotypes which the government blames for keeping women out of maths and science careers. The charter for a “balanced representation (of genders) in toys” was signed by the government, the French Federation of Toy and Childcare Industries (FJP) and the association of toy manufacturers.

Business

The chief executive of the office rental firm WeWork is stepping down saying that it’s in the “best interests” of the company.

Adam Neumann is leaving his post with immediate effect but will remain as non-executive chairman.

The firm said in a statement that scrutiny of Mr Neumann’s leadership had become “a distraction” with the move coming after WeWork’s plans for a stock market listing ran into trouble after investors raised concerns about losses and governance.

Artie Minson and Sebastian Gunningham who were previously co-president and chief financial officer of the firm have been named as new co-chief executives.

WeWork has expanded from a single office in New York in 2010 to more than 500 locations in 29 countrie.The firm has recently been valued at 47 billion dollars.

 

Three current and former executives at Volkswagen have been charged with market manipulation over the diesel emissions scandal.

German prosecutors allege that chief executive Herbert Diess ,chairman Hans Dieter Potsch and former boss Martin Winterkorn did not inform investors early enough about the financial fallout from the scandal.

In 2015 Volkswagen admitted to using illegal software to cheat on emissions tests.

VW said in response that it was confident that the allegations would prove to be groundless.

Mr Diess will continue as chief executive.His lawyers point out that he didn’t join the firm until 2015 and therefore would have had no idea about the breadth of the scandal.

 

And-US consumer confidence declined in September as the escalation in trade tensions fanned concerns about business and labour market conditions.

The downbeat survey from the Conference Board which was issued on Tuesday echoes other recent confidence reports  and could renew market fears over a possible recession.

The longest economic expansion on record in the US which is now into its 11th year is largely being sustained  by consumer spending on the back of the lowest unemployment for nearly 50 years

Recently there have been growing signs that the trade war between the US and China could slam the brake on consumer spending with some analysts saying that the public is “plainly worried”.

Sport

MA NOLANS RUGBY WORLD CUP REPORT.

Samoa recovered from a slow start to claim a bonus point in a 34-9 win over Russia in Pool A on Tuesday.

The pacific islanders were down to 13 men in the first half with two players sin-binned for high tackles but they recovered to run in 5 tries as Russia ran out of steam.

There’s one game today.Fiji are playing Uruguay in Pool D.

Meanwhile ,the sport’s governing body has said that refereeing standards at the World Cup have not been up to scratch so far and an improvement is required.

The opening matches have seen a number of controversial incidents with World Rugby stating that match officials recognise that performances have not been of the standard required.

Among the incidents was a suspect tackle by Australia’s Reece Hodge on Fiji’s Pecali Yato which resulted in him having to leave the field with a head injury.Hodge is facing a disciplinary hearing today.

There have also been some dubious offside decisions notably controversy near the end of the France Argentina game when Louis Picamoles of France should have been penalised for offside before making a crucial interception in the closing stages of the match.

Football-There were several games in the third round of the League Cup in England last night with the shock of the round coming as Colchester United beat Spurs on penalties.

In the other results Crawley Town beat Stoke on penalties.Leicester were 4-0 winners at Luton.Portsmouth went down 4-0 at home to south coast rivals Southampton.Manchester City were 3-0 winners at Preston.Sheffield Wednesday lost 2-0 at home to Everton.Watford beat Swansea 2-1 and Arsenal thrashed Nottingham Forest 5-0.

There are 8 more ties tonight.We’ll bring you the results tomorrow.

Tennis-Andy Murray has won his first Tour level singles match since he retuned from hip surgery.

Murray beat Tennys Sangren 6-3 6-7 6-1 in the Zhuhai Championships in China and will now play Alex de Minaur of Australia in round 2.

Afterwards he said that in some ways it was the best win that he’d ever had.

Weather

Mainly fine but with a moderate to strong westerly wind developing with gusts of up to 65 km/h.

Top temperatures 25-28 degrees.

Overnight lows of 19 degrees on the coast and 15 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Mainly fine with highs of 24-26 degrees.

Finally 

Hangovers are an illness, a court has ruled - as judges declared that the symptoms are a "disruption of the body's normal condition".

In a decision that could make it easier to pull booze-related sickies, the aftereffects of drinkng were found to constitute a legitimate ailment.

The verdict, made in a German court this week, was against the distributor of a food supplement marketed as an "anti-hangover drink."

Frankfurt's state court said on Monday that the firm's marketing violated a ban on claiming food products could treat or heal illnesses.

It rejected an appeal against a lower court's similar verdict.

Judges found that an illness should be defined broadly in the interest of protecting people's health.

And they said the term "illness" encompasses "any, even a slight or temporary, disruption of the body's normal condition or normal activity."

These include the symptoms associated with a hangover - such as headaches, tiredness and queasiness.

The company, which was not named, breached the law by claiming its drinks and powders could cure these booze-related symptoms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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