French News Friday 30th September 2016


Poisoning - 55 children have been poisoned in a school in Marseille. The pupils from Castel Roc school showed signs of carbon monoxide poisoning on Thursday afternoon. The children suffered headaches and vomiting. Three of the students have been taken to hospital for blood tests to determine the cause of the poisoning.

Nice-Cannes Marathon - Organisers of the Nice-Cannes marathon have confirmed that the event will take place. After several days of uncertainty it has been announced that the marathon will go ahead under new security measures on the 13th November. Runners will start from the Allianz stadium in Nice and subscriptions are now open. 

Arrests - Several people have appeared before a judge in Nice after police seized nearly 600 kilos of cannabis, cocaine, weapons, 550.000 euros in cash and a Lamborghini. The investigation has allegedly uncovered a network of drug trafficking and money laundering at several bars in the city centre. 

IKEA - The Swedish furnishing brand IKEA has received a building permit for a project located on the Plaine du Var. The company hopes to start construction early next year. The project is not limited to the IKEA store and will also provide 300 housing units, office space and other shops. The store plans to open by the end of 2018.

Jetpack JB-10 - The Principality saw the global launch of the jetpack JB-10 at the heliport in Fontvielle on Thursday. The Australian pilot David Mayman flew twenty meters above the tarmac for five minutes with his machine, realizing a childhood dream after many years of working on the project. The machine of the future can reach speed of 160km an hour and climb at over 3,000 meters above sea level. Compact and lightweight, it can be worn on the back of the pilot, its flight range is limited to ten minutes.


DGSI - The former head of France’s DGSI domestic intelligence agency has been placed under formal investigation on suspicions of influence peddling. Bernard Squarcini a close ally of former president Nicolas Sarkozy is suspected of using his police contacts to obtain confidential information about investigations for private clients after he was dismissed as spy chief following Sarkozy's failed 2012 re-election bid.

Passport photo - A French court has decided to uphold a ban on smiling in pictures taken for passports or identity papers. The decision came after a French civil servant asked the country’s administrative appeals court to approve people smiling in passport photos in an attempt to dispel “national depression.  The court, however, was not amused.


Shares in Deutsche Bank have fallen a further 7 percent after reports suggested that some hedge funds had taken out cash and withdrawn positions from the firm’s investment bank. The bank has been under pressure on concerns that it will struggle to pay a 14 billion dollar US fine for mis-selling mortgage-backed bonds during the financial crisis. In statement issued on Thursday,Deutsche Bank said that it was confident that the “vast majority of its investors have a full understanding of its stable financial position,the current macro-economic climate,the litigation process in the US and the progress that it’s making in its strategy”. There have been reports that the German government and financial authorities are working on a rescue plan for Deutsche Bank in case that it can’t pay its fines in the United States. There’s more bad news for German banks today with the news that the country’s second largest bank is planning to lay off 9,000 staff. Commerzbank says that it will make 9,600 staff redundant over the next four years and end dividend payments for the first time. However,the bank also said that it was planning to create an extra 2300 jobs in areas where its business is growing. The board of Commerzbank is to meet today to discuss strategy.At the end of last year the bank employed 51,300 people.

And-The US Commerce Department says that the ecomomy was “less sluggish” than previously thought in the second quarter of the year as exports grew more than imports and businesses raised their investments. GDP expanded at 1.4 percent on an annualised rate-up from the previous estimate of 1.1 percent and higher than analysts’ expectations. In other official data,the Commerce Department revealed that the US trade deficit for goods shrank last month,boding well for third quarter growth.



Golf-The Ryder Cup starts at Hazeltine,Minessota later today with Europe looking to make it four victories in a row against the USA. The opening foursomes which get underway at 14.35 French time this afternoon pair Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson of Europe against Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. They’ll be followed by Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan against Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler and then its Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer against Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson concluding with Thomas Pieters and Lee Westwood against Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar. The fourballs will follow the foursomes with the pairings to be announced later today.

Formula 1-Nico Rosberg headed Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by nearly half a second in first practice for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix. Hamilton locked up into Turn Nine on his second lap which forced him into the pits after the two drivers had set almost identical times on their first lap. The session was marred by a fire in the Renault of Kevin Magnussen  which kept igniting as fuel leaked from the car into the pits. Second practice is between 8am and 9.30 with qualifying at 11am tomorrow and the race at 9am on Sunday.

Football-In the English Premier League this weekend-Everton play Crystal Palace at Goodison Park tonight. On Saturday Swansea play Liverpool.Hull host Chelsea.Sunderland play West Brom.Watford play Bournemouth and West Ham host Middlesbrough. On Sunday Manchester United play Stoke.Leicester host Southampton.Spurs play Manchester City and Burnley play Arsenal. In last night’s Europa League games Manchester United beat Zorya Luhansk 1-0 at Old Trafford. Southampton drew 0-0 at Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Nice lost 5-2 at Krasnador.

Rugby Union-The England coach Eddie Jones will name his 45 man elite training squad for the Autumn internationals this morning. England will want to build on their 6 Nations success and will play South Africa,Fiji,Argentina and Australia between the 12th of November and the 3rd of December. There are two games in the Aviva Premiership tonight.Bristol play Saracens and Northampton play Exeter.  In the Guinness Pro 12 it’s Connacht against Edinburgh and Newport Gwent Dragons against Glasgow

Racing-Frankie Dettori will ride Order of St George in Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly. The Gold Cup winner is a 16-1 shot according to William Hill with the Sheikh Mohammed owned Postponed the current 7-4 favourite. The Epsom and Irish Derby winner Harzand is also in the field of 16 and currently quoted at 8-1 while there’s a lot of money too for Makahiki at 5-1 and Found at 7-1. The 95th Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is off at five past four on Sunday afternoon.


Clear skies with light southerly winds.

Top temperature 25 degrees Celsius.

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

The weekend-Thunderstorms and rain tomorrow,fine on Sunday.