French News.Monday.16.10.17

Marseilles shooting-A 20 year old man is in a critical condition in hospital this morning after being shot in the 15th arrondissement of Marseilles.

Police say that the shooting occurred at around 830 on Sunday morning in a park.The victim was shot in the head and discovered by a member of the public who alerted authorities.The perpetrator is still being sought by police.


Missing knife-Prison officers at the Farlede jail in the Var are concerned about the disappearance of a kitchen knife.

The knife,which has a 20 centimeter blade went missing on the 11th of October after inmates had used it to prepare food in the prison kitchen.

A search of inmates in the kitchen area to find the missing implement was unsuccessful as was a later search of all sectors of the prison.The knife is still missing this morning with officers fearing that it could be used to attack an inmate.


Hunting accident-A hunter has been seriously injured after being charged by a wild boar in forest land between Seillans and Bargemon in the Var.

Andre Brun was with a group of hunters when the animal emerged from undergrowth and charged before hitting him on the calf causing a serious wound.

He was given first aid on the spot before being airlifted to hospital.


Scrub fire-The region is still extremely dry with no significant rainfall for months and authorities are warning of the continued danger of forest fires.

There have been several forest fires over the past two weeks which are highly unusual for the time of year when rain has normally come to cool the land down following the summer heat.

Over the weekend,an area of brush went up in flames by the side of the avenue de la Liberation in Mandelieu.

It took 14 firemen some time to put the blaze out.


Mipcom-The International Entertainment Content Market Mipcom gets underway at the Palais des Festival this morning with many major stars expected to attend.

14,000 people are expected at this year’s 30th anniversary event.

12 new TV series are being featured and the featured country,Russia will be presenting a series called ‘Trotsky’ about the father of the October Revolution.

The USA is bringing a new historical series about the famous masters of Florence ‘The Medicis’ and Great Britain will present ‘Britannia’ an action series about resistance to the Roman invasion.


In National News.


Macron Interview-President Macron has given his first television interview since his election in May and has denied that he’s ruling for the rich.

In a wide ranging interview on TF1 Television last night,Mr Macron defended his decision to water down France’s wealth tax  and said that he wanted successful people to stay in the country.

He said that for France to succeed,people need to succeed and criticised a mentality of jealousy where people say “these people are rich,let’s tax them”.

He said that previous efforts to tax the rich raised little money because people either left France or used financial tools to avoid paying.

Mr Macron went on to say that he didn’t want any citizen to think that he doesn’t have the fullest respect for them but pledged to continue to say what he thinks is right.

He went on to outline his plans for reforming French unemployment insurance to push the jobless into more job training and said that he would engage in talks next year to find ways to boost the sharing of corporate profits with employees.

He said that it would take between 18 and 24 months to see the effects of his policies on job creation.


Fabius under pressure-The former French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is coming under pressure to say why the cement manufacturer Lafarge made large payments to Islamic State and other armed groups though a Syria middleman.

Lafarge continued to operate in the war torn country for two years after most other French firms had left and is reported to have made payments of between 80,000 and 100,000 dollars a month to various armed groups including 20,000 dollars to Islamic State.

A senior Lafarge official has told investigators that the company had the blessing of the then Socialist government to stay on in Syria after the civil war started.

The company’s bosses are suspected to approving payments to jihadist groups by using false accounting documents.

Mr Fabius is now likely to be questioned to see what he knew about the affair.


The Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco has said that that plans for what’s likely to be the world’s biggest stock market listing remain on track.

There have been reports that the state owned oil giant might delay the initial public offering and opt for private share placings instead but the firm has denied the rumours and says that the timing for a 1.5 trillion pound dual listing on the Saudi and international market was still scheduled for next year.

The London Stock Exchange is keen to host Aramco although the move is controversial.

The Financial Times reported over the weekend that Aramco was considering halting the floatation in favour of selling shares privately to the world’s biggest sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors.

The sale of 5 percent of the firm is central to the Saudi government’s economic reform programme but a share listing would open the company to more international regulation and scrutiny.


The chair of the US Federal Reserve has said that the economy remains strong and the strength of the labor market calls for continued gradual increases in interest rates despite subdued inflation.

Speaking at an international banking seminar on Sunday,Janet Yellen said that  the Fed would be paying close attention to inflation data in the months ahead but that her best guess was that the current soft readings would not persist.

She added that she expected the US economy to exceed its long term trend during the second half of the year and repeated that the impact of recent hurricanes on the economy should be temporary.

Minutes from the last policy meeting of the US central bank showed that members had a broad debate about recent soft inflation and the impact on interest rates if it fails to rebound.


And-A forecasting organisation has warned that the Bank of England should hold off from raising interest rates next month.

The EY Item Club says that such a move risks hurting the UK’s fragile economic outlook.

The governor of the Bank of England,Mark Carney has said that interest rates could go up in “the relatively near term” with many analysts expecting a hike in November.

The EY Item Club says that the Bank should hold off for another year before raising the benchmark rate from a quarter of one percent to half a percent.

The warning came as the British Chambers of Commerce and the ratings agency Standard & Poors suggested that economic growth was not strong enough to warrant a rate rise.


Football-There were two games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Brighton and Everton drew 1-1 and the match between Southampton and Newcastle at St Mary’s ended in a two all draw.

There’s 1 game tonight.Leicester play West Brom.

In the English Championship on Sunday Derby beat Nottingham Forest 2-0.

Cricket-The Australia batsman David Warner has warned England to “expect war” in the Ashes next month.

Warner,who’s the vice-captain of Australia says that he will try to make himself “hate” England for extra motivation.

The first Test starts in Brisbane on the 23rd of November.


Rugby Union-There were 4 games in the European Champions Cup on Sunday.

In Pool 2 Cleremont Auvergne were 26-21 winners at Ospreys while Saracens demolished Northampton 57-13 at Franklins Gardens.

In Pool 4 Castres and Munster drew 17-17 and in Pool 5 Toulon squeaked past Scarlets by 21-20.


Tennis-Roger Federer has beaten world number one Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters.

It’s Federer’s 6th title of the year and he was in scintillating form as he came through 6-4 6-3 in just 72 minutes.

The 36 year old Swiss can still deny Nadal the end of year world number one ranking depending on which tournaments he decides to play in before the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month.





Mainly fine with light variable winds.

Top temperatures 25 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 15 degrees in coastal areas and 11 degrees inland with clear skies.  

Tuesday and Wednesday–Clear skies with highs of 21-24 degrees tomorrow and 20-22 degrees on Wednesday.




England's best motorway service stations have been unveiled after a comprehensive survey... but the services from hell are named and shamed too.

Transport Focus attempted to outdo even Alan Partridge's encyclopaedic knowledge of service stations with its study of 112 motorway rest areas.

In compiling the  list, the travel watchdog questioned 8,700 customers on key factors including staffing, food and the all-important lavatories.

Perhaps surprisingly, the same company operates service stations at both extremes of the ranking.

The M4's Reading Services Westbound takes the crown for the country's best stop-off - with a customer satisfaction score of 100%.

But bottom of the pile came Heston Services Eastbound, with a lamentable rating of just 62%.

The service station - which turns 50 next year - is the subject of scathing Google reviews.

One described it as "dirty, old and tired", while another said it was the "worst motorway services I've ever been to".

Toilets are condemned as "pretty rank", while another reviewer advised: "Keep going, you are nearly in London."



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