French News Thursday 18th August 2016


Bottle of water - A 25 year old man has been hospitalised in Nice after drinking a bottle of water in a bar in Cannes. The man, on holiday in the region, is believed to have swollowed a corrosive liquid of some sort. Police have launched an investigation.

Burkini - Four more towns in the Alpes Maritime region have banned the Burkini on their beaches. The mayors of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu sur mer, Eze and Villefranche decided on the ban on Wednesday. Currently 9 towns in the region have agreed to ban people from wearing the swimming garment and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has shown his support for the decision saying that the ‘Burkini’ is “inconsistent with the values of France and the Republic”.

Migrants – A man from Nice has been arrested by Italian police for smuggling migrants into France. The man was caught in Briel-sur-Roya after being followed from Ventimiglia carrying eight migrants, including 3 women and 2 children in his van.

Villa for sale - The most expensive villa in the world is for sale in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. According to reports the property is on the market for 1 billion euros, it boasts ten bedrooms, a winter garden, a stable and its own botanical park of 14 hectares. Former owners include the King of Belguim.


Train accident - Eight people have been seriously hurt in southern France when an express train crashed into a fallen tree which had been uprooted by a massive hailstorm. The impact sparked panic, as some passengers feared a terrorist attack was underway. According to reports the regional express was carrying 219 passengers on a service between Nimes and Montpellier when it hit the tree at 140 kilometres (87 miles) per hour. The accident occurred near the town of Lunel, about 28 km southwest of Nimes.

Ivory - French environment minister Sègoléne Royal has announced that the sale of all elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn is now banned in France. In a statement published on Wednesday Sègoléne Royal confirmed that the ban concerned all species of elephant and rhinoceros, although special exemptions may be granted and it does not forbid the possession of ivory and rhinoceros horn.




Official figures published in the UK have shown that unemployment is at its lowest level in eight years. Unemployment continued to fall in the run-up to Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that the employment rate reached a record high of 74.5%, with 31.8 million people in work in the three months to June - 172,000 more than the previous quarter.


And – A US interest rate rise is possible in September according to the President of the New York Federal Reserve. The US is waiting for inflation to hit 2% before introducing the rise, but it’s been stuck at 1.6% since March. The Fed has three meetings left in 2016 and could raise the rate at any of them.



Football – Celtic took a giant step towards the Champions League group stage with an extraordinary play-off first-leg win over Israeli side Hapoel Beer Sheva beating them 5-2 and in other Champion League matches Monaco beat Villarreal 2-1.

Rio Olympics – France has won its second team show jumping gold medal ever and its first in 40 years on Wednesday in a dramatic final round of competition featuring eliminations, last-minute horse swaps and rails toppling down. The United States took silver after Olympic veteran Beezie Madden withdrew due to an injured horse, meaning the United States started with only three riders and was not able to drop its worst score when Lucy Davis knocked a rail down for four penalties.

Medals – The US are in first position with 93 medals, Great Britain second with 50 medals, China third with 54 medals and France seventh with 31 medals.




Clear skies and highs of 29 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and the Var. The outlook for Friday and the weekend fine and sunny with some passing cloud on Saturday and highs of 26 degrees.