French News Monday 12th September 2016


Radicalisation - One of the three women arrested in connection with the discovery of a car packed with gas cylinders near Notre Dame Catherdral in Paris last week, was a 23 year old woman from Cogolin in the Var, referred to as Sarah H. The women have also been linked to a planned attack on the Gare de Lyon. Authorities have confirmed that Sarah's mother had reported her for radicalisation in 2015. According to reports, Sarah H had been engaged at different times to two French extremists who carried out deadly attacks earlier this year. One of them was Larossi Abballa, who in June murdered a police commander and his police officer partner at their home in Magnanville outside Paris in the presence of their three-year-old son. The other was Adel Kermiche, who slit the throat of an elderly French priest during morning mass in Normandy in July.

Road death - A motorcyclist has been killed on a country road near Bormes-les-Mimosas in the Var. The accident occurred shortly after 3pm on Sunday when the motorcyclist hit an oncoming car head on. Police have launched an investigation.

Hunting Season - The hunting season has started in the Var and reports have confirmed that one person has been taken to hospital after being charged by a wild boar. The victim reportedly suffered a minor head injury and a fractured wrist while hunting near Grimaud in the gulf of Saint Tropez. Six wild boar were shot in the area on Sunday morning.

OGC Nice - OGC Nice has beaten Marseille 3 – 2 in last night’s derby match held in Nice. The team’s new star Mario Balotelli scored his first goal for Nice  seven minutes into the game. Commenting on their performance OGC’s manager Lucien Favre said that “There were opportunities on both sides but OGC Nice showed character and Mario’s second goal was superb”.


Security - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has warned that there would be new attacks in France but that proposals by former president Nicolas Sarkozy to boost security were not the right way to deal with threats. The French capital was put on high alert last week when French officials said they dismantled a "terrorist cell". In an interview given on Sunday Valls said "This week at least two attacks were foiled," he added “and there were 15,000 people on the radar of police and intelligence services who were in the process of being radicalized”.

Shares in Samsung have hit a two and a half month low after the firm urged customers not to use the Galaxy Note 7 and to exchange devices over fears that it might catch fire. Samsung shares dropped by more than 5 percent in trading this morning.Last week,the firm recalled some 2.5 million devices after reports of it exploding during or after charging. The company says that it will replace all devices that have been handed in from the 19th of September. Samsung has blamed the fault on battery problems but has admitted that it’s difficult to work out which phones are affected among those sold.

A report in the New York Times says that and Pandora Media are planning to launch new versions of their music streaming services within the next few weeks. The paper says that Pandora could announce plans to expand its 5 dollars per month platform with possible features including skipping more songs and storing several hours of playlists. Meanwhile,Amazon is said to be planning the launch of a new platform with a large catalogue of music for 10 dollars a month. Both firms are reported to have been holding negotiations with record companies and music publishers for several months which will allow them to offer the new services.

And-The British Home Secretary has said that the government might introduce work permits as part of post-Brexit immigration curbs but the move would have to benefit the UK economy. In an interview with the BBC on Sunday,Amber Rudd said that the work permit proposal “certainly has value” but that nothing was being ruled out. The Home Secretary also said that the UK would have “complete control”over immigration numbers once it leaves the EU with “one or two provisos”. She stressed that the new model would have to be “reciprocal” and that the right balance would have to be struck.


Tennis-Stan Wawrinka has beaten Novak Djokovic in 4 sets to win the US Open at Flushing Meadows and claim his 3rd Grand Slam title. The Swiss 3rd seed won 6-7 6-4 7-5 6-3 hitting 46 winners in a top show of shot-making. Djokovic required extensive treatment for a blister on his big toe that was causing him extreme pain and in the end couldn’t live with Wawrinka who becomes the oldest man to win the US Open since Ken Rosewall in 1970.

Athletics-China leads the medals table at the Paralympic Games in Rio with 39 golds out of a total of 92. Great Britain are in second place with 23 golds in a total of 56 and Ukraine are in 3rd place with 18 gold medals out of a total of 49. There were 8 gold medals for Great Britain on day 4 of the games with success in the pool for Beth Firth and Richard Whitehead in the T42 200 metres. Club thrower Jo Butterfield broke the world record in the F51 event and there were 3 gold medals in rowing.

Football-There was 1 game in the English Premier League on Sunday.Swansea and Chelsea drew 2 all. In the English Championship on Sunday Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest drew 2-2. There’s 1 game in the Premier League tonight.Sunderland play Everton.

Cricket-England one day captain Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales will not take part in the tour of Bangladesh because of security fears. No international side has toured the country since 20 people were killed in a siege at a café in Dhaka in July. The ECB ruled that the tour of 3 one day internationals and 2 Tests should go ahead following a security review. Jos Buttler will captain the one day side with the Test and one day squads set to be announced on Friday.

Rugby Union-There were two games in the Aviva Premiership in England on Sunday.Saracens ran out 34-13 winners at Exeter and Northampton were 32-10 winners at Bristol.

Cycling-Colombia’s Nairo Quintana has won the Vuelta a Espana with Chris Froome finishing second. Froome had been aiming to become the first man to win the event in the same season as the Tour de France for 38 years but in the end he was unable to close the gap to less than 1 minute 23 seconds despite a good individual time trial on Friday and final mountain stage on Saturday. The race ended in a largely processional stage in Madrid on Sunday.Esteban Chavez finished in overall third.


Clear skies in coastal areas,thunderstorms in the mountains with light to moderate south-easterly or variable winds. Top temperatures 28-33 degrees Celsius. Partially cloudy skies tonight with lows of 24 degrees on the coast and 20 degrees inland. Tuesday and Wednesday-Fine tomorrow and a little cooler than of late.Rain and thunderstorms developing across the region on Wednesday.


Homework has been banned by a school that believes its pupils will be better off playing outside when they’re not in class. Teachers at the elementary school in Portland, Oregon have supported the principal’s radical new plan, which has also been backed by parents. Instead, Cherry Park Elementary’s staff will encourage the children to do other activities – and, with no prospect of homework getting in the way, it sounds like a perfect childhood.