French News Monday 3rd October 2016


Nice Attack - Six people arrested in connection with the Nice terror attack have denied having any knowledge of the crime. Police say  all six have denied any connection with the perpetrator Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, however new evidence taken from Bouhlel’s phone shows that several text messages were exchanged between a number of suspects. The investigation continues.

Missing person - Police have appealed for information concerning a missing person. Valentin Breton from Nice failed to return home on Friday evening. The youngster was last seen in Casino Square in Monaco at 5pm on Friday. Breton has brown eyes, a beard and dark brown hair. At the time, he was wearing a red cap, grey t-shirt, and black trainers. Police have asked anyone who may have any information to contact them.


Security Measures - Private and public secondary schools in the region will today carry out emergency drills under the code name “Aiguat”. The programme has been introduced to inform pupils of security measures put in place in the case of flooding or extreme weather conditions in the region.


Earthquake - An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.4 occurred at 1.17 on Sunday morning, 11km north of Chamonix. The earthquake was felt in both Switzerland and France. No damage was reported.


Jungle Camp - French police have fired tear gas and water cannon on British protesters defending migrants in Calais as authorities prepare to shut down the so-called “Jungle” camp. Demonstrators waving Union Jacks were among those caught up in the disturbance as they defied a ban by officials to protest on Saturday. French president Francois Hollande has pledged to close the Calais camp by the end of the year and transfer thousands of migrants around France while their asylum cases are examined.

French priest - The French church where an elderly priest was murdered by Islamist extremists has opened its doors for the first time since the attack on 26 July. A special service began on Sunday with a procession through the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, in Normandy. Many Muslims also attended the ceremony, which was shown on a big screen in the town square.


Some of Germany’s leading firms have defended Deutsche Bank amid concerns over the financial health of the company. Executives from Siemens,Daimler,Munich re and BASF have all said that they back the bank. Deutsche Bank is facing a 14 billion dollar fine in the United States for mis-selling mortgage-backed bonds ahead of the financial crisis of 2008. Last week the bank’s shares fell sharply amid concerns that it wouldn’t be able to pay the fine. On Friday,the bank’s chief executive John Cryan said that the company’s finances were strong and told staff in an email that Deutsche Bank had become the object of “hefty speculation”.


Oil prices have fallen back in Asian trade today despite last week’s agreement by Opec to cut output. Brent crude has fallen by 0.5 percent this morning to 49 dollars 94 cents with West Texas Intermediate also down 0.5 percent to 47 dollars 98. There are doubts that last week’s agreement will actually result in a cut in production with rivals such as Saudi Arabia,Iran and Iraq unwilling to give up market share. Sentiment has also been dented by a Reuters survey which shows that despite agreement to cut output,Opec member states pumped record amounts of crude in September.


And-The UK Transport Secretary has said that a decision will be taken “shortly” over where a new runway should be constructed in south-east England. Chris Grayling says that he’s spent the summer looking at plans and it needs to be decided that is best for Britain. The decision on a new runway for the south-east has been deliberated for years and was most recently delayed by the upheaval caused by the Brexit vote. Heathrow is still the most favoured candidate although there is some opposition within the government while Gatwick is the other most likely option.




Golf-The United States has regained the Ryder Cup from Europe after dominating the final day singles at Hazeltine,Minessota. Europe had been looking for a comeback,trailing 9 and a half to 6 and a half after the first two days but a strong turnaround in the singles on Sunday saw the USA triumph by 17 to 11 and regain the Cup for the first time since 2008.

Formula 1-Daniel Ricciardo won an extraordinary Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday after race leader Lewis Hamilton suffered engine failure on lap 43 of the race. Hamilton says that he wants answer from Mercedes after smoke and flames started pouring out of his car as he was leading comfortably. Ricciardo came home ahead of Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen with Nico Rosberg finishing third after battling back from 21st after being hit by Sebastien Vettel on the opening lap when a move to pass Verstappen down the inside went wrong. Vettel was handed a three place grid penalty for next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix for causing the crash. Rosberg leads the drivers’ championship by 23 points from Hamilton heading into Suzuka with Ricciardo not completely out of it on 204 points although he’s 84 points behind Rosberg with 125 points left to play for.

Football-There were 4 games in the English Premier League on Sunday with Manchester City still hanging on at the top of the table despite being beaten 2-0 at Spurs for the first time this season. In the other results,Stoke grabbed a late equaliser at Old Trafford to draw 1-1 with Manchester United.Leicester and Southampton drew 0-0 and Arsenal scored with the last kick of the game in a 1-0 win at Burnley.

Cricket-South Africa have beaten Australia by 142 runs in the second one day international to take a 2-0 lead in the 5 match series. South Africa made 361-6 in their 50 overs including 111 from du Plessis.In reply,Australia could only manage 219. It’s day 4 of the second Test between India and New Zealand in Kolkota with the home side building a big lead. India made 316 in their first innings before bowling the tourists out for 204. In their second innings at lunch,India had reached 249-8,a lead of 361.

Rugby Union-There were two games in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday.Wasps beat Harlequins 47-18 and Worcester beat Newcastle 11-9. Racing-Aidan O’Brien has secured a 1-2-3 in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Found winning the big race at Chantilly on Sunday. The 6-1 shot with Ryan Moore on board upped the pace in the final furlongs to win from Highland Reel and Order of St George. The pre-race favourite Postponed ended 5th.



Clear skies with light southerly winds in the Alpes-Maritimes,light to moderate westerly winds across the Var.

Top temperature 25 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast tonight and 10 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Fine and sunny with highs of 23-25 degrees.



A Frenchwoman has received a tax bill, despite the fact that she is dead and the demand was addressed to her grave. The local council has received a letter from the tax authorities addressed to the woman at "Grave 24, Row E, Cemetery Road, Sarzeau", according to the mayor of the Brittany seaside town.

Council treasurer Christophe Libre told Ouest France newspaper that it was a demand for property taxes. "Unfortunately, it's not the first time we've had this sort of letter from the public finance centre.

He suggested that the address was a joke and may have been changed by one of the woman's heirs who hoped to dodge paying the taxes.