French News Thursday 22nd September 2016


Shooting - A student from Toulon in is a critical condition after being shot in the head. The man was found at his home in the Saint Musse neighbourhood. The cousin and brother of the victim raised the alarm on Monday night after finding him in his apartment. According to police reports, the incident may have happened on Sunday night after shots were heard in the area at around 9.30pm. Authorities say the victim was either shot intentionally or by a stray bullet.The investigation continues. The victim was not previously known to the police.

Food contamination - Two food manufacturers have removed their hamburgers from supermarket shelfs following an outbreak of E Coli bacteria. The following brands ‘The Peasant Life’ and ‘Bio Claire’ announced that they have recalled their organic beef burgers sold between the 31st August and the 9th September. Consumers who may have purchased the product are being asked to not take any risks and destroy them.

Regions travel network - President of the PACA region Christian Estrosi has revealed new security plans for the region’s transport network. Almost every train, tram and bus, including stations and stops, will be fitted with CCTV cameras. The 250 million euro plan will also add an extra 200 security officers to reinforce passenger safety.



Chirac - The wife of ex-French president Jacques Chirac has been hospitalized with 'exhaustion'. Bernadette Chirac was admitted days after her husband was taken ill with a lung infection. Chirac, who led France from 1995 to 2007, had just returned from a visit to Morocco with his wife when he was admitted to hospital in Paris on Monday.

Elections - France’s main right-wing party Les Républicains has launched its primary campaign to choose its candidate for next year’s presidential election. Frontrunners among the seven candidates are hard-line former president Nicolas Sarkozy and more moderate Alain Juppé.



Minutes from the latest meeting of the US Federal Reserve suggest that most policymakers expect a hike in interest rates before the end of the year. The Fed opted to keep rates on hold at the end of its two day policy meeting in Washington but three members of the Federal Open Markets Committee voted against the decision. In a statement released following the meeting,the Fed said that “the case for an increase in the Federal Funds rate had strengthened” but added that it would wait for more evidence of economic progress. The US central bank said that economic activity had picked up and that job gains had been “solid” in recent months. The bank added that saw “near term” risks to the economy as being “roughly balanced”.

The McLaren Formula 1 team has played down reports that Apple has made a buyout or investment bid. On Wednesday,the Financial Times reported that talks between McLaren and Apple had started several months ago but a spokesman for McLaren denied the story and said that the company is not in talks with Apple in respect of any investment. The FT had reported that Apple would pay up to 1.5 billion pounds for McLaren or make an investment for part of it. Apple is known to want to step up its own car projects and McLaren is understood to have talked to the tech giant about its Apple Car project but the discussions had not come to anything.

And-The Budget airline Easyjet is to hold talks with the UK pilots’ union BALPA today in a bid to head off strike action. BALPA says that 96 percent of union members out of a turnout of 88 percent had voted for industrial action over working hours and fatigue. The union says that it will listen to Easyjet’s offer and that no strike action is planned for the time being. Easyjet says that it’s committed to working with BALPA to find a resolution for the issues raised and hopes to reach a mutually agreeable solution. Earlier this month it was reported that pilots were planning industrial action over the busy October half-term school holiday period.


Football-There were 8 ties in the third round of the League Cup in England last night with no major shocks. Fulham were beaten 2-1 at home by Bristol City.Manchester United won 3-1 at Northampton.Sunderland were 2-1 winners at QPR.Southampton beat Crystal Palace 2-0.Manchester City were 2-1 winner at Swansea.West Ham beat Accrington 1-0.Stoke lost 2-1 at home to Hull and Spurs beat Gillingham 5-0. The draw for the 4th round has been made with West Ham at home against Chelsea.Manchester United against Manchester City.Arsenal against Reading.Liverpool against Spurs.Bristol City against Hull.Leeds versus Norwich.Newcastle against Preston and Southampton against Sunderland. In the quarter final of the Scottish League Cup last night,Celtic beat Alloa 2-0.

Athletics-Rome is set to ditch its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games after the city’s mayor said it would be “irresponsible” to be a candidate. The controversial Five Star politician was elected as mayor of Rome in June.The city’s Olympic Committee had hoped to change her mind but officials say that she failed to turn up to a meeting on Wednesday. Rome last hosted the games in 1960.

Cricket-India are playing New Zealand in the first Test in Kanpur. The home side won the toss and elected to bat.


Clear skies with light south easterly winds. Top temperature 25 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees on the coast and 14 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Partially cloudy with highs of 24-26 degrees.


There are jobs and then there are jobs and this one might just be the one for you? That's if you don’t mind being paid to drink wine. According to reports Northumbria University is seaching for particpants to drink red wine. The University has put out a call for participants to take part in a new study of a compound found in grapes and red wine.

Resveratrol is a plant chemical, which, when consumed by humans, can increase blood flow to the brain.

Boffins at the university are investigating if this increase in blood flow can help improve mental function and memory due to an extra supply of oxygen and other neural fuels.