French News Friday 23rd September 2016


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An important rescue operation is currently underway in the Var in an attempt to locate two people that are missing after a collision between two boats in the port of Hyeres at 2 am this morning. Seven people were involved in the accident, two of them have been taken to hospital in Hyéres suffering from minor injuries. 26 firefighters with teams of divers have intervened.

Fire – A large brush fire has broken out in Hyéres in the Var. The alarm was raised shortly after 8pm on Thursday evening. Firefighters managed to put out the flames before it spread to cars which were parked nearby. The cause of the fire is reportedly due to an electrical fault.

Arrests – Five of the eight people arrested earlier in the week in connection with July 14th attack in Nice are still in police custody, while the remaining three are in a detention centre. All eight are Tunisian men between 24 and 57 years of age and were arrested in Nice, Saint Laurent du Var and Cagnes sur Mer.

Floods - A much awaited documentary is to be aired on France 3 on Monday 26th September at 8.55pm. For the first time the regional documentary which looks at the deadly floods which ravaged the Alpes Maritimes on October 3rd 2015 will be aired in prime time. The floods claimed 21 lives, 65,000 victims and resulted in 600 million euros of damage. The documentary will be followed by a debate.  

Rally - The 30th Rally of Fayence will take place this Sunday. Motorists have been advised to take an alternative route due to the RD 105 in St-Cezair-sur-Siagne being closed to traffic from 7.45am to 11.45.  

AS Monaco - Colombian striker Radamel Falcao who plays for AS Monaco has been hospitalised after being violently struck in the head during the match against Nice on Wednesday. According to reports Falcao suffered a traumatic chest trauma and concussion.

Currency - Forty shopkeepers in Cagnes-sur-mer have been trading in Renoirs. The complementary local currency was introduced this week and saw customers paying one Renoir for a baguette at their local bakers. Other towns in the region which already have their own currency include Nice and Grasse.


Migrants - Two Belgian policemen have been arrested after being found in a French border town with a vanload of migrants. The police van carrying 13 migrants and the two policemen was stopped by French police in Nieppe, a town on the Belgian border, on Tuesday evening. The Belgian policemen said they had picked up the migrants after finding them walking along a road in Belgium. One of the officers, Georges Aeck, told Belgian broadcaster RTBF: "We didn't want to leave them... on the side of the road to walk to the border. "So we took them... in the direction they wanted to go." Belgium's ambassador to France, Vincent Mertens de Wilmars, was summoned on Thursday over the incident by the French interior ministry.


The internet firm Yahoo has admitted that hackers stole information from around 500 million users in 2014 in what looks to be the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history. The firm says that the breach included reams of personal information including names and emails as well as unencrypted security questions and answers. Yahoo says that no credit card data was stolen adding that it believes the breach to have been “state sponsored”. The FBI says that it’s now investigating the attack. Yahoo was sold to Verizon Communications in July for 4.8 billion dollars. The company has recommended that all users should change their Yahoo passwords if they haven’t done so since 2014. The shipping giant Maersk is to be split up with its energy interests directed more to the North Sea.The Copenhagen based family-owned firm which was formerly known as AP Moller-Maersk is to focus on its transport and logistics business while the energy division will reduce its global reach and focus on the North Sea where it has expertise. Maersk has 88,000 employees and operates in 130 countries with turnover of more than 40 billion dollars. The notoriously volatile shipping industry has been hit in recent times by sharp reductions in rates for containers and the firm’s energy business has been affected by the fall in the price of oil.

And-Job vacancies in the UK’s financial sector have fallen by 10 percent since the Brexit vote according to an influential think tank. The Institute of Public Policy Research says that new finance jobs fell in every UK region in July and August on concerns over passporting rights and single market access. The IPPR says that the findings are striking as it’s the only year in the past four where the trend has occurred. There was a 13.6 percent drop in job adverts in London including for admistrators,managers and chief executives.


Football-The Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says that any issues between Jose Mourinho and himself are “prehistoric” and that he thinks that the Manchester United boss is “a fantastic person”. Leicester visit United in the English Premier League tomorrow as the champions bid to continue their recent good run and United attempt to get back to winning ways in the League after having lost their last two games. In the weekend’s other Premier League games Bournemouth play Everton.Liverpool host Hull.Middlesbrough play Spurs.Stoke face West Brom.Sunderland play Crystal Palace.Swansea host Manchester City and Arsenal play Chelsea. On Sunday West Ham play Southampton.Burnley play Watford on Monday.

Rugby Union-The English RFU says that it found Chris Ashton’s description of events “less than convincing” at a disciplinary hearing after which he was banned for 13 weeks for biting. The panel’s full judgement was published on Thursday two days after the hearing and the player’s club Saracens have 24 hours to appeal. Ashton denied that he’d bitten the Northampton prop Alex Waller and said that his head had become twisted in a ruck and that his mouth lodged in Waller’s arm. There’s 1 game in the Aviva Premiership in England tonight.Bristol play Exeter while in the Guinness Pro 12 it’s Glasgow against Ulster,Leinster against Ospreys and Trevisso against Newport Gwent Dragons.

Cricket-It’s day 2 of the first Test between India and New Zealand in Kampur.

Golf-Dustin Johnson shares the lead heading into the second round of season ending  Tour Championship in Atlanta. Johnson is on 4 under par alongside Kevin Chappell and Hideki Matsuyama with Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey on 2 under.


Partially cloudy with light southerly winds.

Top temperature 24-26 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees on the coast and 14 degrees inland with clear skies.

The weekend-Fine and sunny in coastal areas,the chance of some scattered showers in the mountains.Highs of 24-26 degrees.


New figures have revealed that Britain is the fifth healthiest place to live in the world. But a clear difference in accessible healthcare across the US meant they came much further down the list in 28th place, scientists found. Their lowly ranking, below Brunei and Slovenia, was mainly due to deaths caused by HIV, alcohol and childhood obesity. 

Iceland was placed top of the 188 nation list, followed by Singapore and Sweden, according to University of Washington, Seattle, researchers.

But at the other end of the spectrum, the Central African Republic, Somalia, and South Sudan were at the bottom.

And despite rapid economic growth, India was ranked 143rd,  Italy was ranked 20th and France 24th.