French News Monday 17th October 2016


Dead body - A dead body has been discovered in a cottage situated on the Ile Sainte-Marguerite opposite Cannes. The discovery was made early on Sunday morning by a passerby.Emergency services  were alerted and according to reports the body is that of a 75 year old man whose family had built the cottage in 1935. It’s believed the man had died there about a fortnight ago following a long illness. Police are awaiting an autopsy to confirm the identity of the victim.

Sentence - Three men from Cannes have been sentenced by the Criminal Court of Grasse for violence, theft, driving without a licence and endangering the lives of others. The men were given a 3 year sentence after an investigation showed that on the morning of August 17th they’d  approached a tourist returning from an evening with friends on the Boulevard du Midi in Cannes for no apparent reason. The victim was beaten and left unconscious. A few days later the thugs were stopped by police driving the victim’s Audi A3 car.

Tourettes sur Loup - The Prefecture has come up against local opposition in the town of Tourettes sur Loup after plans were announced  to publish a map of  areas in the village which are at risk of landslides. While nobody denies the risk, there are concerns that with some areas being classified as potentially dangerous, homes will lose value and land will become worthless.

Charity Auction - More than 160,000 euros has been collected at an auction held on Sunday at the Palais de la Méditerraneé. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the victims of the Nice attack. One of the art works was a drawing by Ernest Pignon-Ernest which fetched 32,000 euros.

Hike for Haiti – Alice Billimoria from Nice is raising money for the victims of the hurricane Matthew which recently struck  Haiti by walking from Nice to Ventimiglia on the 22nd October. For more information visit


Balcony accident - Four people have been killed and 14 injured when a balcony collapsed in western France as young people were attending a housewarming party. Authorities in the Maine-et-Loire region said the accident occurred late on Saturday when a balcony on the third floor of the recently-constructed building collapsed in the city of Angers. A spokesman for the city's University Hospital said 10 people injured in the accident were admitted, one of whom was in serious condition. Another four were treated at a clinic.

Protest in Paris - Thousands of people have taken part in a demonstration in Paris demanding the repeal of the Taubira law which legalized same-sex marriage. The demonstration, comes only six months before the next French presidential election.


The pound has fallen below €1.10 for the first time in six and a half years. The last time it traded this low it was March 2010. Today it’s trading at €1.09. HSBC has predicted the pound will eventually fall to hit parity against the euro by the end of 2017. The pound losing so much value will increase prices for consumers and push Britain into a prolonged period of weaker economic growth. Today the influential EY ITEM Club said the UK economy had been more resilient than expected but the picture was deceptive. They predict inflation will climb to 2.6% in 2017, a figure the Bank of England concurs with. Claims the weakened pound will, propel Britain back to a Victorian age where British manufacturers export world-class products, have been rubbished by Germanys Deutche Bank.  In a note they said international economics has evolved since the Victorian era.

More airlines have introduced bans on passengers’ carrying Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices because of the risk of fires. Last week,US airlines banned the device and carriers in Australia,Europe and Asia have followed suit. Samsung has announced that it’s ceasing production of the Note 7 and will offer customers alternative smartphones. The problem is set to seriously damage the firm’s profits as it loses market share to rivals such as Apple and Google. 

A report by the EY Item Club think tank has said that the UK economy is facing a “prolonged period” of weakness as consumer spending slows and business curbs investment. Although the report is predicting growth of 1.9 percent this year,it goes on to say that it expects expansion to “fizzle out” as inflation rises. The Item Club says that the economy’s stability since the June 23rd Brexit vote is “deceptive”and that UK GDP growth will drop “sharply” to 0.8 percent next year. Meanwhile the Bank of England has said that sterling’s weakness will fuel inflation which may well exceed the 2 percent target and rise to 2.6 percent next year.

Oil prices have fallen back this morning on the back of an increase in US inventories,the strong dollar and record Opec output. Brent crude futures were down by 11 cents to 51 dollars 84 a short time ago with West Texas Intermediate down by 19 cents to 50 dollars 16. Traders say that a 7 month high of the dollar against a basket of currencies is one of the reasons for the decline in crude prices as well as fresh production records by Opec which pumped 33.6 million barrels of oil a day in September.


Football - In UK Premier League action tonight, it’s Red Monday as Liverpool play host to Manchester United in the world famous North-West derby clash. Liverpool are in red-hot form, winning their last four Premier League games, while United have already two down and five points behind leaders Manchester City. However, United has won the last four league meetings between the teams. Kick-off is 9pm French time tonight.

It was another good weekend for local team OGC Nice who take a clear lead four point lead at the top of the French League One with a two nil defeat over Lyon. Things are not so good for AS Monaco though.  They went 3 – 1 down to Toulouse on Friday, meaning they slip to third place in the league. Tomorrow they’re due to take CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, but will still be without their Colombian striker Falcao, who’s still suffering from a concussion received during the OGC Nice match almost a month ago.

Rugby - Sam Burgess has been named England captain for the Four Nations. He was appointed ahead of James Graham, with Wigan's Sean O'Loughlin ruled out through injury. England play New Zealand in their opening Four Nations game, on Saturday week, 29th October.

Tennis - Andy Murray has won the Shanghai Masters to move a step closer to claiming the world number one ranking.

However the performance of Australian Nick Kyrgios has earned him an eight week ban and a fine of $25,000 for his behaviour, including "lack of best efforts" during the Masters. In his last match with Micha Zverev, he made little effort, patting the ball over the net or walking back to his seat before a serve had landed. In his defence the world number 14 said the season had been a long one, where he battled several injuries and other challenges, and his body just  finally gave out in Shanghai both physically and mentally. He said he was truly sorry and would use the time off to improve on and off the court.

Rugby Union-The head coach of Munster has died suddenly at the team hotel in Paris. Anthony Foley,who was 42 died ahead of Munster’s European Champions Cup game against Racing 92.The match was postponed as a mark of respect. Foley made 201 appearances for Munster in a career spanning 13 years.He was also capped 62 times by Ireland and captained the side on 3 occasions. The cause of his death has not yet been revealed. In the two Champions Cup games that were played on Sunday Bordeaux-Begles beat Ulster 28-13 in Pool 5 and Clermont Auvergne were 35-8 winners at Exeter.

Football-There were 2 games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Middlesbrough lost 1-0 at home to Watford and Southampton beat Burnley 3-1. There’s 1 game tonight.Liverpool play Manchester United at Old Trafford. In the English Championship on Sunday,Huddersfield missed out on the chance of going back to the top of the table after losing 1-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

Tennis-Andy Murray has won the Shanghai Masters to move a step closer to claiming the world number one ranking. Murray beat Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 6-1 to claim his 6th singles title of the year. He’s 915 points behind Novak Djokovic and has 3 tournaments left to compete in this season.

Golf-Alex Noren of Sweden has won the British Masters after finishing on 18 under par.

Noren finished 2 shots clear of Bernd Wiesberger of Austria and 3 clear of England’s Lee Westwood.



Becoming cloudy with the chance of some rain by late afternoon and light,variable winds.

Top temperature 21 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 14 degrees on the coast and 10 degrees inland with clearing skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Mainly fine with highs of 20-21 degrees.



A Yorkshire village has created what could be the world's smallest museum by transforming a disused phone box. The attraction in Warley, near Halifax, only has enough room for one visitor at a time.

But despite the limitations of space, it features etched glass, old photographs and a selection of personal items that tell the history of the village.