French News Tuesday 18th October 2016


TGV - Almost 12,000 TGV passengers have spent the night stuck on trains after a suicide brought the network to a standstill. It started when a TGV stopped after hitting the suicide victim in northern Burgandy. Rail traffic was blocked with around 20 TGV trains between Marseille and Paris delayed for an average of 4.5 hours.

Movement - French police officers have been gathering throughout France as part of a movement in support of a fellow colleague who was seriously injured on the 8th October in an attack on his patrol vehicle in Essonne. Police officers gathered during the night in silence in Paris and other regions of France including Nantes, Narbonne and Nice.

Arrest - A 32 year old man has been placed in police custody after being arrested at Nice airport. According to reports the man was arrested on Sunday after injuring two police officers and making terrorist threats. The man reportedly has no previous criminal record and is due to appear in  court today.

Shooting - Police have opened an investigation following another shooting in Nice. A 20 year old man was getting into his car, when two hooded gunmen opened fire in the east of the city. The victim was reportedly unhurt but several bullets struck his car.

Audition - Disneyland Paris is looking for professional dancers. If you want to be considered then Disney auditions will be held in Nice at the Off Jazz Centre rue Cassini on Thursday 20th October at 10 o’clock.

Cannes Goes to Mars – The Mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, has invited 800 people to see the live landing of the Schia-parelli probe on Mars at the Palais des Festivals. Cannes played a key role in the Mars mission with components designed, assembled and tested at Thales Alenia Space in Cannes La Bocca. Doors open Wednesday at 5.30pm and a proof of address will be requested at the door.


Calais - Fourteen unaccompanied teenagers who have been living in the Calais "Jungle" were set to be reunited with relatives after being transferred to Britain on Monday, ahead of the demolition of the French migrant camp. The arrival of the children, who the Home Office interior ministry said were aged between 14 and 17 and from countries including Syria and Sudan, are due to be followed by dozens more in the coming days. They are entitled to move to Britain under EU asylum law due to their family ties to those already in the UK. But campaigners and faith leaders warned there were many more left behind who also deserved the country's help.

Brexit - Paris's business district, La Defense, has launched a playful advertising campaign to lure away companies based in Britain seeking a new European base of operations following Brexit. Hoardings of a frog sporting a tie with the colours of the French flag and asking "Tired of the fogs? Try the frogs!" are to go up in the City, London's business district, as well train stations and airports in the British capital.


Reports from the UK suggest that the Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond is increasingly isolated in the cabinet as the government of Prime Minister Theresa May moves towards Brexit. There have been suggestions that Mr Hammond may resign although this has been denied in government circles while other reports say that ministers want the Chancellor to make a public statement giving his unequivocal support for the Prime Minister’s position on exiting the European Union. The Treasury is said to have been “sidelined” as the government prepares to trigger article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by the end of March next year. Mr Hammond is said to favour a “soft Brexit” with Britain retaining its membership of the single market but he’s in the minority in the cabinet. The US cosmetics and beauty firm Coty is buying the British hair straightener GHD for 420 million pounds. GHD was founded by three entrepreneurs in Bradford in 2001 for 15,000 pounds. Since then,its ceramic straightening irons and hairdryers have become popular with stylists and celebrities. Coty already owns a number of leading hair care brands including Wella and Clairol. A few months ago,Coty became the world’s third largest beauty firm following a 12.5 billion dollar takeover of Procter and Gamble’s perfume,haircare and makeup business.

And-Shares in Netflix have jumped by 20 percent after the video streaming firm announced better than expected subscriber numbers. Netflix says that it added another 3.2 million subscribers globally in the third quarter-far more than the 2 million expected by analysts’. In the US numbers increased by 21 percent  helping quarterly revenues rise by 31 percent to 2.29 billion dollars. In the three months to the end of September,Netflix had around 83.3 million subscribers.


Football-Liverpool and Manchester United played out a disappointing 0-0 draw at Anfield last night as the visitors played a defensive game that prevented Liverpool from building momentum and the chance to draw level with Manchester City at the top of the table. The Champions League is back in action tonight. Bayer Leverkusen play Spurs in Group E while CSKA host Monaco. In Group F Real Madrid host Legia Warsaw and Sporting play Borussia Dortmund. Group G pairs Brugge with Porto and Leicester against FC Copenhagen while in Group H Dinamo Zagreb play Sevilla and Lyon host Juventus. There’s a full programme in the English Championship tonight.Tune in tomorrow morning for the results.

Cricket-Pakistan have beaten West Indies in the day-night Test in Dubai by 56 runs. A second innings century by Darren Bravo had given West Indies some hope of pulling off a remarkable win but it wasn’t quite enough in the end as his side were bowled out for 289-57 short of their target.

Tennis-Nick Kyrgios has been banned for 8 tournament weeks and fined 25,000 dollars for his behaviour at last week’s Shanghai Masters. The Australian patted the ball over the net several times in his defeat by Mischa Zverev and walked back to his chair before his opponent’s serve had landed. He’s also agreed to an ATP plan that he see a sports psychologist.


Mainly fine with light variable winds. Top temperature 21 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 14 degrees on the coast and 9 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Fine tomorrow,sunshine and showers on Thursday.



85 year old Canadian Ed Whitlock has completed the Toronto marathon setting a new world record in his age category.  Whitlock crossed the finish line after 3hrs 56min 38sec on Sunday breaking the previous world record in the 85-90 age category of 4h 34min 55sec.