French News Tuesday 30th August 2016


Nice Attack - The Elysee Palace has declared that a day is to be set aside across France in memory of the victims of the July 14th Nice attack. The announcement was made following the French President, Francois Hollande's meeting with the families of the victims at the Elysee on Monday. The date is yet to be confirmed.

Speeding - A motorcyclist has been stopped in La Valette du Var for speeding. The 29 year old was reportedly travelling at 182 km while his probationary driver's license did not authorize him to exceed 80 km an hour. The incident occurred on the RDN8 between Le Beausset and Le Castellet. The young driver's license was confiscated on the spot. 

Burkini - The anti-burkini ban in Frejus will be bought before a court in Toulon today. A hearing for Nice, Menton and Cap-Martin will be held on Wednesday in Nice. On Friday the State Council suspended the ban for Villeneuve-Loubet however several towns such as Nice and Menton refused and decided to continue to verbalise. In the Alpes Maritimes, Antibes is the only major seaside coastal town that has not introduced a similar ban.

Casting - The Oscar winning director Michel Hazanavicius director of the French film 'The Artist' is looking for extras for his new film 'Formidable'  which is to start filming in the Var early September. If you are aged between 20 and 30 years old and would like to take part in the casting then you can register online at their website more details on

OM - The former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, American businessman Frank McCourt has reached an agreement to take over Marseille football club. The deal was officially announced on Monday and will be greeted with relief by Marseille fans. 63-year-old McCourt, the new majority shareholder of the club, had been in long negotiations to buy the club.


Le Touquet - The Uk’s home secretary, Amber Rudd is expected to travel to Paris today to meet the French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. Rudd intends to tell her French counterpart that, despite growing controversy in France, Britain is determined to retain the Le Touquet agreement which allows border checks to take place in Calais. 


Back to school - 5.6 million children will start college in France on Thursday morning with  the new education reforms announced by the government aiming to allow colleges more autonomy as well as to introduce the EPI. The EPI has been defined as an additional subject which will highlight a different way of working and which will allow pupils to build knowledge and skills through project work. A reported two to three hours a week will be devoted to the ‘EPI’ with each establishment defining the themes studied. Meanwhile the Education minister has requested that the publisher of the game Pokemon Go, Niantic, doesn’t allow any “rare Pokemons in school for fear of attracting crowds and being a danger to security on school premises.



Apple could be forced to pay billions of euros in back taxes following a three year investigation by EU competition officials. The tech giant has been facing a tax probe into its dealings in the Republic of Ireland with a final ruling expected later today.Both the firm and the Irish government have said that they’ll appeal the decision which the Financial Times says could hit Apple for several billion euros. Under EU law,national governments are prohibited from giving tax benefits to selected companies which would be considered as illegal state aid. EU authorities say that the Irish government made rulings in 2001 and 2007 which allowed Apple to minimise its tax bill in the Republic.


Mondelez International,the maker of Oreo biscuits and Cadbury chocolate has announced that it’s giving up its pursuit of the US confectioner Hershey. The development comes two months after Hershey rejected a 23 billion dollar cash and stock bid which would have created the world’s largest confectioner. Mondelez says that it’s “disappointed” by the outcome but had decided that there was “no actionable path forwards towards an agreement”. Hershey shares fell by 12 percent on the news with Mondelez shares up by 4 percent.

And-The president of American Airlines is moving to rival United Continental to take up the same position. Scott Kirby had been seen as a future chief executive at American but moves to his new position with immediate effect. American is giving him 13 million dollars in severance pay. United Continental has been under performing against its competitors and Mr Kirby’s appointment is expected to bring extra experience to the management team.



Tennis-Kyle Edmund of Great Britain has reached the second round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows after beating the 13th seed Richard Gasquet in straight sets. The world number 84 came through 6-2 6-2 6-3 to set up a second round clash with Ernesto Escobedo of the United States. In the women’s event,the 13th seed Johanna Konta came through her first round match against Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3 6-3. There were also first round wins in the men’s event for top seed Novak Djokovic although he dropped a set against Jerzy Janowicz and Rafael Nadal who beat Denis Istomin in straight sets. In the women’s event Angelique Kerber made round two after her first round opponent had to retire with leg cramps while the third seed Garbine Muguruza fought back to beat Elise Mertens in three sets.

Football-Sam Allardyce is sticking with Wayne Rooney as England captain saying that it was “an easy decision”. Allardyce takes charge of his first game as England manager for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Slovakia. He says that Rooney is “hugely respected by his peers” and “enjoys the responsibility” of being captain.

Cricket-England will be looking to wrap up the one day series against Pakistan today when the two sides meet in the third one day international at Trent Bridge. Play starts at 3pm French time.England lead the 5 match series 2-0.

Cycling-Nairo Quintana has won stage 10 of the Vuelta e Espana to take back the overall race lead. The Colombian attacked early on the final climb of the stage to win by 24 seconds.His team-mate Alejandro is in overall third with Chris Froome back up to overall third place,31 seconds behind the leader.



Sunny periods mixed in with heavy,thundery showers and light to moderate north easterly winds. Top temperature 26 degrees Celsius. Overnight lows of 23 degrees on the coast and 20 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies and occasional showers. Wednesday and Thursday-Sunshine and thundery showers tomorrow,fine on Thursday.



A spot inspection of civil service offices by Dubai's ruler resulted in embarrassing footage of Sheikh Mohammed standing awkwardly by empty desks which should have been occupied by high-ranking officials.

If there ever was a day not to turn up late for work, it was Sunday morning in Dubai where Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid carried out an early morning inspection of several civil service departments. Sunday is a normal working day in the Emirate, and Gulf News said that the Sheikh began his surprise tour at 7.30am, expecting to see senior officials already working at their desks. But a video posted to Twitter by the government's media office shows, the Dubai ruler is the only person present, save for his own framed portrait on the wall.

Nine senior officials from the Dubai Municipality have been ordered to retire as a result of the sheikh's visit.

According to Gulf News, Sheikh Mohammed is known for his early-morning inspections "to ensure government services are up Dubai's globally-admired standards", so his presence should not have come as a complete surprise to those caught out. Another inspection at Dubai's airport found immigration officers present and correct.