French News Monday 29th August 2016


Burkinis - Several French resorts have remained defiant after a ban on the burqini in Villeneuve Loubet was overturned on Friday by the state council. Several mayors have vowed to keep the restrictions in place and continue imposing fines on women who wear the full-body swimsuit. The suspension of the ban on the Islamic swimsuit, which has triggered a fierce debate in France was welcomed by the UN, and a French Muslim group said it was a "victory for common sense".

Investigation - The Alpes-Maritimes prefecture has opened an investigation into the low flying aircraft of Turkish Airlines over Nice on Saturday. According to reports the Boeing 737 flew over Nice at a dangerously low altitude. The Prefecture confirmed that an investigation had been launched on Sunday in order to understand the reasons for the planes flight path. Landing in Nice airport is considered one of the most dangerous in Europe.

Fire – The Var is on high alert for forest fires. Once again certain forest areas are closed to the public along with bans on using vehicles off public roads, camping and smoking. Access to the Var massive, des Maures and the islands of Hyères are strictly prohibited.

Duck race - Adopt a duck for a good cause. The annual plastic duck race will take place on the river Loup in Villeneuve Loubet on the 9th October and members of the public are invited to adopt a duck for three euros. Several prizes can be won and profits will be donated to charity. Several plastic duck races on a river are held in France including in Orleans and Lisle-sur-la-Sorgue.


Candidates - The two leading candidates to become the mainstream right-wing candidate for French president next year have called for unity and both issued jibes against their principal rival. Former Prime Minister Alain Juppé criticised politicians who "rush to the extremes", while former president Nicolas Sarkozy mocked the sensitivities of those who were offended by his remarks on immigration. Nine other candidates are in the running but have little hope of winning the nomination, according to the opinion polls. The latest opinion poll put Sarkozy and Juppé neck and neck.


The vice-chancellor of Germany has warned that the future of the EU is at stake if negotiations on Britains’ exit go badly. Sigmar Gabriel says that the EU will “go down the drain” if other states follow Britain’s lead and that the UK cannot keep the “nice things” about Europe while taking no responsibility. Meanwhile,a report in the Sunday Times newspaper says that the British government is split over leaving the single market. The British Prime Minister Theresa May has called a cabinet meeting for this Wednesday to discuss ideas for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Mrs May will hear opinions from all leading ministers about what Brexit actually means.

The chief executive of the French energy giant EDF has called for the British government to approve plans for the construction of the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant in south western England. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph,Vincent de Rivaz accused critics of “overlooking the positive impact” of the project. He says that Hinkley Point will “have a lasting impact on industrial capacity and will create thousands of jobs and hundreds of apprenticeships”. Last month the board of EDF gave final approval for the 18 billion pound plant but the British government postponed its decision pending further consultations.

And-Uber has suspended its services in Abu Dhabi after rival service Careem reported that some of its cars had been stopped by the authorities. Uber has not given a reason for the decision although it says that it’s only temporary. The Emirates newspaper,The National reported that some 50 drivers had been stopped by the authorities over the weekend. Uber has been investing heavily in the Middle East and was recently given a boost following a 3.5 billion dollar investment from the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund.


Formula 1-Nico Rosberg won the Belgian Grand Prix at a canter on Sunday in an incident packed race that saw Lewis Hamilton come from the back of the field to finish 3rd. Rosberg led from the front and never surrendered the lead while behind him there was carnage on the first lap and a big crash later on that saw Kevin Magnussen taken to hospital with a serious ankle injury after his Renault demolished the tyre wall at Raidillon while he was doing 180 MPH. Daniel Ricciardo finished second in the Red Bull with Hamilton third. The British triple world champion leads the drivers’ championship by 9 points from Rosberg. Next stop,the Italian Grand Prix at Monza next weekend.

Football-There were two games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Manchester City went top of the table following a 3-1 win over West Ham while West Brom and Middlesbrough drew 0-0. Tennis-The US Open gets underway at Flushing Meadows later with the men’s top seed Novak Djokovic in action against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland. The 4th seed Rafael Nadal also plays his first round match against Denis Istomin. Andy Murray who’s seeded two will play Lukas Rosol tomorrow with the women’s top seed Serena Williams also in action on Tuesday.

Cycling-David de la Cruz of Spain has won stage 9 of the Vuelta e Espana to take the leader’s red jersey. Chris Froome has slipped to overall 4th after finishing two minutes 56 seconds behind the leader. Froome is bidding to become the first rider in 38 years to win the Vuelta and the Tour de France in the same season.




Mainly fine with moderate variable winds. Top temperatures 29 degrees Celsius on the coast and 33 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 24 degrees on the coast and 21 degrees inland with some showers and possible thunderstorms.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Sunshine and thundery showers.




Two people have been rescued from an uninhabited Pacific island after a US Navy helicopter spotted their SOS sign.

The pilots spotted the sign drawn into sand on East Fayu Island in Micronesia and alerted the US Coast Guard.

It followed a week-long search for Linus and Sabina Jack, both in their 50s, who were reported missing when they failed to reach a nearby island.

The couple left Weno Island with limited supplies and no emergency equipment, the Navy said.

The couple's 18-foot boat was dragged onto the beach of the uninhabited island

Teams looking for the couple searched 16,571 square miles, deploying 15 boats and two aircraft crews.

A helicopter was sent to fly over East Fayu after a search vessel, British Mariner, reported seeing lights on the uninhabited island.