French News Monday 5th September 2016


Fire warning - The Prefecture of the Var has warned of a severe fire risk in the region with several forest areas closed to the public. Walkers have been asked to avoid affected areas with most road accesses limited.

Earthquake - A brief but relatively intense earth tremor was felt on Saturday evening in the Alpes Maritimes region. The earthquake with a magnitude of 3.7 occurred at 9.14pm. Its epicenter was between the towns of Sospel and Briel sur Roya. No damage was reported.

Estrosi - The President of the PACA region Christian Estrosi has spoken about the “Burkini” and his support for “Sarkozy” in a television interview which was aired on Sunday evening. The former mayor of Nice asked for “concessions” to be made to the Muslim community and said that Sarkozy, in his view was the only one able to defeat the French National Front Party.

Swim - 200 people have taken part in the annual swim off the islands of Lerins opposite Cannes. The swim which is organised by a local association covers a distance of 1,500 meters and is held every year on the first Sunday in September.


Protest - Several thousand Chinese living in France have demonstrated in Paris.  Waving French flags and wearing T-shirts demanding “security for all” the crowd gathered in Place de la République on Sunday. The demands for more security come after a rise in attacks on the community, including the murder of a 49-year-old father of two last month.

Currency – Paris city council has launched a feasibility study to examine whether to launch its own currency, which could be used locally but would not replace the euro. Nearly 5,000 local currencies exist around the world, including the Brixton pound in south London which carries the portrait of local boy David Bowie, and there are about 40 in France, including in the Basque country, Lyon and Toulouse.


The Japanese government has warned that Brexit may result in the country’s firms moving their European headquarters out of the UK. A report issued by the Japanese Foreign Ministry says that firms might wish to move should EU law cease to be applicable in the UK. It’s understood that the British Prime Minister Theresa May received the report in the middle of last week. Japanese firms employ around 140,000 workers in the UK with carmakers Nissan,Toyota and Honda all having major bases in the country. Mrs May has had a difficult start to the G20 summit meeting in China where she’s trying to garner support for trade deals that can be quickly signed following the UK’s exit from the EU. However,the US President Barack Omaba said on Sunday that the United States would prioritise trade talks with the Asia-Pacific region and the EU ahead of any deal with the UK.

The owner of Virgin Media is set to take control of Formula 1 in a deal worth a reported 8.5 billion dollars. The German magazine Auto Motor und Sport says that John Malone’s Liberty Media will make the first of two payments tomorrow adding that the deal has been approved by Bernie Ecclestone. The deal would allow the US private equity firm CVC Capital Partners which has a 35 percent stake in Formula 1 to leave the sport. CVC has been criticised for taking considerable profits out of the sport which has been suffering from falling TV ratings in the past few years. Liberty Media is seen as being much more interested in developing the F1 spectacle and would attempt to entice fans back by promoting more competitive racing.

And-Crude prices have edged lower in Asian trade this morning as fears over a supply glut continue. Brent Crude was down  by 18 cents a barrel earlier today at 46 dollars 65 cents with NYMEX crude for October delivery also down 18 cents to 44 dollars 26 cents. Prices have been falling since late August with few believing that Opec will cut output in the near future.


Football-Sam Allardyce got off to a winning start as England manager as his side beat Slovakia 1-0 in last night’s World Cup qualifying group F game in Trnava. It took an Adam Lalana goal in injury time at the end of the match to break the deadlock and give England a win that they really didn’t merit. Scotland had an emphatic 5-1 win in Malta in the same group and it ended Lithuania 2 Slovenia 2. In Group C,Northern Ireland drew 0-0 away in the Czech Republic. Wales play Moldova tonight in Group D with the Republic of Ireland away in Serbia in the same group.

Formula 1-Nico Rosberg has cut Lewis Hamilton’s lead at the top of the drivers’ championship to just 2 points after winning Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Rosberg benefitted after Hamilton got a poor start of the grid and slipped down to 6th place before batting back to finish second.Sebastien Vettel finished 3rd for Ferrari. Afterwards,Hamilton told his Mercedes team that the poor start was his own fault and he didn’t really know what had happened. Next stop Singapore in two weeks.

Tennis-Rafael Nadal is out of the US Open after being beaten in a five set thriller by Lucas Pouille of France. The 22 year old recovered from a break down in the 5th set to take it on a tie-break. Pouille will now play fellow Frenchman Gael Monfis in the last 8. Top seed Novak Djokovic is through.He beat Kyle Edmund of Great Britain a little earlier this morning in straight sets. In the women’s event Johanna Konta is out. The British number one was beaten by Anastasija Sevastova in the last 16. She’ll now play Caroline Wozniacki in the last 8. The second seed Angelique Kerber is also through.She’ll play Roberta Vinci in the quarter finals after beating Petra Kvitova 6-3 7-5.

Cricket-Pakistan have salvaged some pride after beating England by 4 wickets in the final one day international in Cardiff to avoid a series whitewash. England batted first and made a decent 302-9 from their 50 overs including 87 from 86 balls by Jason Roy. In reply,Pakistan made 304-6 from 48.2 overs with Sarfraz making 90.

Rugby Union-There was one game in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday.Wasps beat Exeter 25-20.

Cycling-Chris Froome’s chances of winning the Vuelta a Espana have taken a hit after he finished 2 minutes 40 seconds behind overall leader Nairo Quintana in Sunday’s 15th stage. Froome missed the breakaway on the 118 kilometer stage to Formigal and is now 3 minutes 37 seconds behind Quintana with just 6 stages left.He may be able to make some time up though as one of the stages is a time trial which should be to his benefit.


Clear skies with a moderate Mistral affecting coastal areas of the Var. Top temperatures 28 degrees Celsius on the coast,up to 33 degrees in places inland.

Overnight lows of 24 degrees on the coast and 20 degrees inland with clear skies. Tuesday and Wednesday-Fine and sunny but not quite as hot.


Finns who plan to head abroad for work or holidays are being advised to leave their phones and laptops at home because of security concerns.

The Finnish Security Intelligence Service, Supo, isn't just concerned that the devices could be pinched - it's worried about gaps in the security of foreign networks. Supo says the best idea is not to travel with the devices at all, but if Finns decide that's not practical, then they should exercise caution.

A Spokesman said that people "should not speak on the phone about confidential matters abroad", because networks may not be secure. That might be an oversight, or deliberate, he added. There's also a malware risk, and the possibility that foreign security services can access people's phone and SIM card data when using a network abroad.

"The advice to leave phones at home especially applies to work phones, but I wouldn't really want to take my phone to certain countries either,"said the spokesman.