French News Thursday 13th October 2016


Weather Alert – Meteo France has issued a weather alert for both the Var and the Alpes Maritimes. High winds and rain are forecast throughout the region today and tomorrow.Some localised flooding is possible and a strong sea swell could cause danger for walkers on coastal paths.

Accident - A young girl has fallen from an apartment window in Hyeres in the Var. The incident happened shortly after 3pm on Tuesday when the girl was playing in her room and reportedly managed to climb over the railing of the window. The victim has been taken to hospital in Marseille suffering from severe head injuries.

Shooting - A shooting has taken place at the Pasteur tram stop. Police reported that an exchange of fire took place on Wednesday night near to the tram stop in Nice. Nobody was injured, an investigation is currently underway.

New law - A new law has been passed by the National Assembly concerning speeding fines. Companies which up until now have taken responsibility for speeding fines from their employees will now have to disclose the identity of the driver. The new measure is an attempt to end a current loophole in the law which has up until now been exploited by motorists of company cars meaning some two million points a year have gone unaccounted for. The new law will take effect as of the 1st January 2017. Meanwhile 36 motorists have been flashed for speeding in the past two days on the road between Antibes and Vallauris. One motorist was reportedly flashed at 108km an hour in a zone limited to 70km an hour.

Health - The Minister of Health has announced 24 new jobs are to be created in  Alpes Maritimes hospitals to help the psychological treatment of people traumatised by the attack in Nice. Meanwhile, the national tribute to the victims of the attack is due to take place tomorrow at 11am at the Colline du Chateau in Nice, weather permitting.


Francois Hollande - The French president, Francois Hollande, has said his country has “a problem with Islam” and that there are too many illegal migrants arriving in France. He also suggested that today’s “veiled woman” could become a Marianne, the female symbol of the French republic, and attacked his rival Nicolas Sarkozy referring to him as “the little De Gaulle”. The controversial remarks have been published in a book entitled, A President Should Not Say That: Secrets of Five Years in Office.

Vladimir Putin - The Elysee Palace has reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin has postponed a planned visit to France next week after President François Hollande offered to hold a meeting exclusively on the conflict in Syria. The French government announced on Tuesday that the Elysée Palace had made contact with the Kremlin to offer the Russian President a "working meeting" to discuss Syria, and nothing else, but according to reports the Russian president has shunned the offer.


The chief executive of America’s largest bank is to step down with immediate effect in the wake over a scandal over sales practices. John Stumpf had already been stripped of his salary at Wells Fargo pending an investigation into how 2 million accounts were opened without customers’ permission. Last month the bank was fined 185 million dollars and accused of “widespread illegal practices”by US regulators. Last night,Mr Stumpf said that it was in the best interests of Wells Fargo that he stepped aside. The bank has said that it’s in the process of contacting every deposit customer across America to see if their accounts were properly authorised.Hundreds of thousands of credit card customers are also being contacted to see if they actually require or need their cards. Minutes from September’s meeting of the US Federal Reserve show that the decision to keep interest rates on hold was a “close call” for some policymakers. The minutes show that a rate increase was closer than at any time since last December and policymakers only held off because inflation was running below the 2 percent target and there was no sign of rising wage pressure. Many economists expect the Fed to hold rates again at its November meeting but to increase them modestly in December.

And-Shoppers looking for luxury goods bargains should head to London where the declining value of the pound is providing an opportunity. Research by Deloitte shows that designer goods by Louis Vuitton and other manufacturers now cost less in the UK in dollar terms than anywhere else. According to the research,a Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 handbag cost 802 dollars in London on the 7th of October compared with 850 dollars in Paris,970 in New York and 1,115 dollars in China. Experts say that the trend in luxury pricing in the UK is being driven by the depression on sterling.The pound has fallen by more than 17 percent against the US dollar since June.


Boxing-Tyson Fury has vacated his WBO and WBA world heavyweight boxing titles to deal with his depression. The outspoken 28 year old admitted to taking cocaine last week and hasn’t fought since he defeated Wladimir Klitschko in November last year. In a statement issued on Wednesday,Fury said that he was entering “another big challenge in his life” and felt that it was “only right” and for the good of boxing to give the titles up.

Cricket-England have beaten Bangladesh by 4 wickets to take the one day series. Bangladesh batted first and made 277-6 from their 50 overs. England got to the total in 47,5 overs,making 278-6 to take the three match series 2-1. South Africa have imposed a series whitewash on Australia by winning the 5th and final one day international by 31 runs in Cape Town. The home side made 327-8 from their 50 overs with Australia bowled out for 296.

Football-Reports suggest that Gareth Southgate is ready to take the England manager’s job on a full time basis. Southgate was appointed for 4 games following the dismissal of Sam Allardyce and has secured a win and a draw in his first two matches in charge. He said that he’d inherited “a mess” following Tuesday’s goalless draw in Slovenia and will take charge of his next match against Scotland on November the 11th.

Rugby Union-Dan Carter and Joe Rokococo have attended a disciplinary hearing at the French Rugby Federation following claims that they both tested positive for banned corticosteroids. The players tested positive for the banned substance following June’s Top 14 final. Their club,Racing 92 denied that the players had breached anti-doping rules adding that the case relates to “treatment by an authorised channel”.


Overcast with rain and strong easterly winds across the region with gusts of up to 90 km/h.

Top temperature 18 degrees Celsius.

More rain and strong winds tonight with a low of 16 degrees.

Friday and the start of the weekend-wet and windy with scattered thunderstorms tomorrow.Clearing on Saturday with a high of 21-22 degrees.


Scientists in Denmark are developing a new type of grass that's designed to reduce methane emissions from belching cows. Researchers at Aarhus University have used DNA technology to make the grass easier to digest, meaning less gas builds up in the bovines' stomachs.  Senior researcher Torben Asp says "It is simply a better diet for the cow, which can utilise the feed more efficiently and therefore doesn't release as much methane when it burps."