French News Friday 16th September 2016


Labour law - 700 hundred people have gathered in Nice for another  day of strike action against the labour reform. Strike action had been organised by the unions on Thursday throughout France. Incidents broke out in Nantes, Rennes, Rouen, Grenoble and Toulouse. Clashes erupted in Paris with fifteen policemen injured, 62 arrests and 32 people were taken into custody.

High School - A teenager has been taken to hospital after getting involved in a fight outside a high school in Vence. According to reports the victim is not a student at the school and the exact circumstances remain unknown. Police have launched an investigation.

Bol D’OR - The 80th edition of the Bol d’Or in the Var starts today. The world motorcycle championship is expecting a record number of visitors this year with tens of thousands of bikers on the regions roads heading for the Castellet circuit in the Var. Local authorities have confirmed that as part of security measures there will be an increased police presence on the roads in the area over the next three days.

The Grand Hyatt Hotel Martinez – The Grand Hyatt Hotel Martinez remains open after a 233,000 euro McLaren MP4 Spider crashed through the front of the building on Wednesday. The driver of the car, a hotel guest, got confused between forward and reverse on the automatic transmission. According to the hotel manager similar incidents happened in 2012 and 2010.


Julian King - The European Parliament has formally approved British diplomat Julian King as the EU's security commissioner, a position he has said he will give up when Britain leaves the European Union. Lawmakers in Strasbourg, France, backed King by 394 votes with 161 votes against and 83 abstentions, three days after a parliamentary committee hearing in which he pledged his loyalty to Europe. King, who is currently Britain's ambassador to France, is likely to be Britain's last commissioner as the country prepares to leave the 28-nation bloc.


The US Justice Department is seeking a 14 billion dollar payment from Deutsche Bank to settle an investigation into mortgage-backed securities. The claim against the bank stems from the 2008 financial crisis and is likely to take several months to settle. Deutsche Bank says that it has “no intention to settle the potential civil claims anywhere near the figure quoted”. The bank’s shares fell by 1.6 percent on the news. The sale of residential mortgage-backed securities played a significant role in the financial crisis with banks in the US subjected to a number of investigations over allegations that they gave mortgages to unqualified buyers. US bankers have written to the Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to ask him to push for transparent Brexit negotiations in the interests of market stability. Bankers say that the consequences of Brexit are likely to be significant and have warned that jobs in the financial industry and beyond could be affected. Mr Lew has been reminded that US companies in the UK rely on passporting rights between the UK and the other EU states to allow UK-based firms to operate freely throughout the economic bloc. The bankers say that millions of people in the US are employed by UK and EU companies and have called for a smooth transition to give firms time to get used to changes in trade and investment.

And-Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.9 million vehicles because of an airbag fault that may be linked to 3 deaths and 5 injuries. The company says that the defect may stop airbags from deploying and seat belts from tightening in a head on crash. Certain Chrysler,Dodge,Jeep and Lancia vehicles manufactured between 2010 and 2014 are being recalled.


Football-Manchester United have lost for the second time in a week after going down 1-0 at Feyenoord in last night’s Europa League Group A match. Southampton won their Group K game against Sparta Prague 3-0. Nice lost 1-0 at home to Schalke in Group J. In the English Premier League this weekend-Chelsea play Liverpool in the Friday night game at Stamford Bridge. On Saturday Hull play Arsenal.Leicester host Burnley.Manchester City play Bournemouth.West Brom play West Ham and Everton host Middlesbrough. On Sunday Watford play Manchester United.Crystal Palace host Stoke.Southampton play Swansea and Spurs host Sunderland.

Athletics-China still leads the medals table at the Paralympic Games in Rio with 84 golds out of a total of 191. Team GB is in second place with 49 gold medals out of a total of 108 with Ukraine in third place with 35 golds out of a total of 92. On day 8 the former GB swimmer Jeanette Chippington returned after a 12 year absence from the games to win gold in the canoeing. The 46 year old first won a medal in the backstroke as a teenager at the 1988 games in Seoul.

Formula 1-First practice for Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix takes place at noon French time today with second practice at 3.30. Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by just two points at the top of the drivers’ championship with Red Bull and Ferrari expected to challenge for the honours. Hamilton has said that a bad result this weekend could affect his chances of winning a 4th world championship. Qualifying is at 3pm tomorrow afternoon with the race at 2pm on Sunday.

Rugby Union-The England full-back Mike Brown is set to start his first game of the season after recovering from a virus that saw him lose 6 kilos in weight. Brown had an infection in a shoulder and developed septicaemia which required hospital treatment. He should be able to start for Harlequins against Exeter tomorrow. There’s 1 game tonight in the Aviva Premiership.Sale play Gloucester. In the Guinness Pro 12 tonight Cardiff Blues play Glasgow.Ulster play Scarlets and Edinburgh host Leinster.

Tennis-Great Britain start their Davis Cup semi-final against Argentina at the Glasgow Arena today. Andy Murray will play Juan Martin Del Potro in the first singles rubber and that’ll be followed by Kyle Edmund against Guido Pella.


Sunshine and showers possible later with some thundery outbreaks at times and light,variable winds. Top temperature 26 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees on the coast and 15 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

The weekend-Partially cloudy tomorrow with the chance of some rain in the Alpes-Maritimes late in the afternoon.Sunshine and possible thundery showers on Sunday.