French News Thursday 29th September 2016


Tribute - In an exclusive interview to be published in the local press this morning Juliette Méadel, Secretary of State has announced that a national tribute to victims of the Nice Attack will be held on October 14th. The ceremony will be held on La Colline du Château in Nice in the presence of French President Francois Hollande.

Planned attacks -The president of the PACA region Christian Etrosi and Mayor of Nice Philippe Pradal have declared that the first they heard about several planned terror attacks in the region was through the press. Both men have expressed their concern about the lack of communication among government services and have welcomed a meeting with the head of public security.

Sharemybreak - A crowdfunding site has been launched on the internet to finance a new smartphone app “Sharemybreak” which has been  created by Gustavo and Coralie from Menton. The aim of the app is to bring people together around a passion, be it a hobby or a sport. “Sharemybreak” hopes to allow people who in their free time might like to try a new activity and step outside their comfort zone and get together.

Monaco Yacht Show - The most spacious civil helicopter in the world the Bell 525 has been on show at the Monaco Yacht show and if you have a spare 15 million dollars then it could be yours. The Bell 525 can carry up to 20 passengers and has an unmatched level of technological innovations in civil helicopters.


Brexit – According to reports in the Financial Times, French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has said he would offer Britain the chance to reverse its Brexit vote by negotiating a new treaty for the European Union with Germany, if he wins presidency in 2017.

Oscar Wilde - 116 years after the death of Anglo-Irish playwright Oscar Wilde an exhibition dedicated to him has opened in Paris. The tribute features 200 exhibits including photographs, paintings, manuscripts and personal items. Wilde who died in a grotty Parisian hotel aged 46 has been almost wilfully ignored by France. The exhibition marks the first major tribute in the French capital to the life and work of Wilde. Wilde who spoke French, fled to Paris in 1897.


Crude prices have surged this morning after Opec agreed to a preliminary deal to cut production for the first time in 8 years. The deal was struck following 4 hours of talks between Opec and independent oil producers in Algiers on Wednesday. Brent crude rose by 6 percent on the news to 49 dollars a barrel. Oil ministers say that the deal will be finalised at a formal meeting of Opec in November. Reports say that the cartel is aiming to cut production by around 700,000 barrels a day in a bid to boost prices. Some analysts remain sceptical about the deal and say that they want to see the full details,including cuts agreed by individual states before passing judgement.

Reports this morning say that the music streaming service Spotify is in advanced talks to buy smaller rival Soundcloud for 700 million dollars. The Financial Times says that the two sides are in advanced merger talks. Spotify is the market leader but is facing increased competition from Apple Music and Amazon’s recently launched streaming service. Soundcloud’s business was built on allowing artists to upload their music and share it with fans on social media sites and blogs.It launched its own streaming service in March.

And-The British government and the French energy giant EDF are set to sign the key contract for the new Hinkley Point nuclear power station today. Earlier this month,the UK gave the go-ahead for the new plant which will provide electricity for 6 million homes. It will be the UK’s first new nuclear plant for a generation. EDF is to finance the project with its Chinese partner CGN with the total cost currently estimated at 18 billion pounds.


Football-The Daily Telegraph newspaper has published more revelations about the scale of corruption in English football with two more leading figures accused of taking so called ‘bungs’. Queens Park Rangers have launched an investigation into coach Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink after the newspaper published video footage of him demanding 55,000 pounds a time for signing players from reporters posing as representatives of a Far East investment firm. Meanwhile the assistant manager of Barnsley was filmed accepting a 5,000 pound payment after agreeing to help a bogus Far Eastern firm which wanted to profit from transfers. The Telegraph has also published an account of how Massimo Cellino,the owner of Leeds United held a meeting with undercover reporters at which he discussed ways that the club could “get around” Football Association rules on third-party ownership of players.

In last night’s European Champions League games-In Group A Arsenal beat Basel 2-0 and PSG were 3-1 winners at Ludo Razgd. In Group B Besiktas and Dynamo Kiev drew 1-1 while Napoli beat Benfica 4-2. In Group C Barcelona came from behind to win 2-1 away at Borussia Munchengladbach while Celtic and Manchester City shared a thrilling 3-3 draw and in Group D Athletico Madrid beat Bayern Munich 1-0 and Rostov and PSV drew 2-2. There’s more Europa League action tonight with Manchester United hosting Zorya Luhansk in Group A. Southampton travel to Hapoel Be’er Sheva in Group K and Nice visit Krasnodar in Group I. Norwich missed out on the chance of going back to the top of the English Championship last night after they were beaten 4-3 in a seven goal thriller at Newcastle United.The Magpies move up to third place in the table,3 points behind the leaders Huddersfield.

Formula 1-A loophole that allowed teams to get around rules restricting engine parts is to be closed from next season. The current rules allow teams to restrict excessive penalties and allowed Lewis Hamilton to start from the back of the grid at this year’s Belgian Grand Prix despite Mercedes fitting three new engines and incurring penalties totalling 55 grid places. From next season,if more than one part incurs a penalty,only the last can be used at later races without a penalty.

Cricket-England’s all time leading wicket taker,James Anderson is to miss the tour of Bangladesh with a shoulder injury. The 34 year old has not played since the 4th Test defeat against Pakistan in August. England leave for their tour of Bangladesh today and will play 3 one day internationals and two Tests.

Golf-Europe’s Danny Willett has apologised to the US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love for an article written by his brother which called American fans “a baying mob of imbeciles”. Paul Willett,who’s a schoolteacher wrote the article for a golf magazine.His brother apologised and said that it was “not the thoughts of him or the European team”. The Ryder Cup starts in Minnesota tomorrow.


Clear skies with light southerly winds. Top temperatures 24-27 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees on the coast and 13 degrees inland with clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Fine tomorrow with a high of 25 degrees,overcast with some rain and then some sunny spells later on Saturday.