French News Tuesday 27th September 2016


Unemployment - Figures published today have shown a large increase in unemployment in the Alpes Maritimes.Official data  for August shows an increase of 1.3% across the department. 

Police Investigation - An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of death, after the body of a woman was discovered on Monday morning by a local resident on the beach of Canadel in Rayol-Canadel in the Var.

Burkini ban - The State Council has suspended the Burkini ban in Cagnes sur mer. The decision was announced on Monday. The ban had been introduced by the mayor of the town on August 24th.

Security measures - Several Parents have refused to take their children to school in a stand against current security measures. St.Helena school in Nice saw some parents refuse to let their children attend class on Monday morning due to security measures which have been in place since the beginning of term. According to reports many parents are angry following the closure of two entrances to the establishment.

Game of Thrones - ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Iwan Rheon who plays the terrible Ramsey Bolton has shared a view of the ‘Baie des Anges’ on social media. The actor is currently in Nice filming a crime series.


Cyclist - An amateur cyclist from south London has been killed in France after he was hit by a vehicle just 200 metres (650ft) from the end of a race. A support vehicle collided with 60 year old Ian Bashford, as he made the final descent of the Duo Normand race in north-west France, on Sunday afternoon. Bashford, could not be revived and was pronounced dead at scene. An investigation has been launched into the tragedy.

Nudists - Lawmakers in Paris have voted to set up a designated clothes-free area on the city’s edge. Paris could set up a park for nudists as early as next summer, in a possible first for a capital city, in a country that is the world’s top destination for clothes-free lovers. Paris lawmakers voted late on Monday to approve a proposal by ecologists to set up the zone, possibly in one of two major wooded areas on the edge of the city. A reported 2 million French people practise naturism, which is already possible in several European cities including Barcelona, Berlin and Munich.


Shares in Deutsche Bank have closed at a new all-time low following reports over the weekend that the German Chancellor Angela Merkel had ruled out giving it state aid. Deutsche Bank’s shares closed down 7.54 percent on Monday on renewed concerns over its financial health.The bank’s shares are down by more than 50 percent this year. The bank is coming under pressure in the US where regulators have asked it to pay a 14 billion dollar settlement in relation to the residential mortgage-backed securities scandal that many believe were at the heart of the financial crisis of 2008. The bank has said that it has no intention of paying the full amount demanded. Iran has played down the chances of Opec and non-Opec members reaching consensus on a production cap at a meeting in Algeria tomorrow. Speaking in Algiers on Monday,the Iranian Oil Minister said that expectations should be “modest”.He said that the gathering was an “advisory meeting” and “that’s all that should be expected from it”. Oil prices rose by 3.5 percent on Monday on hopes of a deal being struck at the Algiers meeting but they’ve fallen back again this morning after Reuters reported an increase in US inventories last week and the strong dollar.

And-In the UK,the trial has started of 6 people accused of fraud and corruption involving a department of Halifax Bank of Scotland HBOS. Southwark Crown Court has been told that the six,who’ve all pleaded not guilty,were involved in a racket led by Lynden Scourfield,the former head of HBOS’s “impaired assets” division in Reading. Prosecutors allege that between 2003 and 2007,he abused his role in overseeing the supposed recovery of the bank’s small business customers who were in financial difficulty. The court was told that Mr Scourfield advanced huge sums of money to businesses from HBOS and then insisted that they engage the services of his favoured firm of ‘turnaround’ consultants run by one of the accused,David Mills. The case continues.




Football-The English Football Association is investigating claims that coach Sam Allardyce used his role to negotiate a 400,000 pound deal and offer advice on how to “get around” rules on player transfers. The claims have been made by the Daily Telegraph newspaper which says that it has video footage taken in August showing Allardyce meeting men claiming to represent a Far East firm where he appeared to say that third-party ownership rules can be avoided. Third-party ownership of players was banned by the FA in 2008. Allardyce has yet to respond to the allegations.

In the European Champions League tonight.In Group E CSKA host Spurs and Monaco are at home to Bayer Leverkusen hoping to make it two wins from two. In Group F Borussia Dortmund play Real Madrid and Sporting play Legia Warsaw. In Group G Copenhagen play Club Brugge and Leicester host Porto and in Group H Dinamo Zagreb host Juventus and Sevilla play Lyon.

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton says that he’s confident he can return to the form that he needs to reclaim the world championship lead at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix. Hamilton is 8 points behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg with 6 races to go. Rosberg has won the last 3 races to take the lead in the drivers’ championship but Hamilton says that there’s no reason that he can’t get back in the groove and move towards a 4th world championship.

Golf-Bubba Watson has been named as the United State’s 5th vice-captain for this weekend’s Ryder Cup against Europe. The 37 year old two-time Masters winner was overlooked for captain Davis Love’s final wildcard pick with Ryan Moore chosen instead. The US is trying to prevent Europe from winning a 4th consecutive Ryder Cup but they’re seen as being favourites ahead of the start of the tournament.

Cycling-The head of Team Sky has said that they do not “cross the line”over performance enhancing drugs. In an interview with the BBC,Sir Dave Brailsford defended Sir Bradley Wiggins but conceded that Team Sky are reviewing their policies about the disclosure of a rider’s use of Therapeutic Use Exemptions or TUEs. Sir Bradley has been criticised for his use of a powerful anti-inflammatory steroid TUE ahead of major races-something he didn’t reveal in his 2012 autobiography. Brailsford categorically denied that the drug had performance enhancing properties and added that “Bradley is an asthma sufferer and had struggled with allergies” as long as he’d known him.


Mainly fine in coastal areas with the chance of some scattered showers and thunderstorms in the mountains this afternoon.

Moderate northerly winds and a high of 24-26 degrees Celsius.

Clear skies tonight with a low of 18 degrees on the coast and 13 degrees inland.

Wednesday and Thursday-Fine and sunny with highs of 24-27 degrees.


A sheep farmer from Cumbria (north-west England, United Kingdom) has decided to paint its 800 orange beasts, much to the surprise of tourists who walk past his farm. This is the solution found by the breeder, Pip Simpson, in order to stop thieves. Some 300 sheep have disappeared from the farm in recent years.

It’s an idea that comes from Scotland. The paint last about a year on the sheep's wool.
John Heard, a Scottish farmer, found the idea in 2012. He painted his 205 sheep orange, to scare away thieves.