French News Tuesday 4th October 2016


Security in Schools - The ministry of education has announced  that security guards will replace local police outside schools after the October holiday.The plan is aimed at reassuring parents.

Calais “Jungle” - President of the PACA region Christian Estrosi has confirmed that 1,700 of the migrants about to be removed from the so called “jungle” in Calais will be housed in the PACA region in the coming weeks.

Dispute – A dispute between two neighbours has resulted in one person being hospitalised. The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon in Antibes when one of the two men struck the other on the head with the end of a parasol. The reason for the argument is not known.

Fire - A fire has broken out near to the town of l’Escaréne. The blaze covered 2,000 square metres before being extinguished by firefighters on Monday evening. Firefighters at the scene reported that several garden sheds had been destroyed as a result. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Road works - Important road works have started on the Grande Corniche bewteen the Col d’Eze and La Turbie. Traffic is being diverted onto the Moyenne Corniche for the duration of the work which is due to last until the 31st March next year.


Wingsuit - A man has been killed near Chamonix during a wingsuit flight. The man, a foreign national in his forties reportedly hit a building before fatally falling to the ground. The extreme sport has so far resulted in 8 deaths since 2016, five of which have been in Chamonix.

EDF - The French energy company EDF has announced that customers will have to pay a retrospective bill as the French energy giant aims to recover an estimated 998 million euros. A reported 28 million customers will be affected. The move comes after a 1.5% increase to regulate prices in November 2014 was considered inadequate. Energy minister Segolene Royal has stated that the adjustment would be distributed over an 18 month period in order to spread its impact on consumers.

Elections - Former Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg is to stand in the ruling party’s primary ahead of next year’s presidential election and a recent opinion poll has shown that he would win if he faced Francois Hollande in a deciding round. Montebourg, who resigned in protest at the government’s policies in 2014, announced his intention of standing in the Socialist primaries, which take place on the 22nd and 29th of January next year.



The pound has slumped to a three year low against the Euro on concerns about the UK’s prospects outside the single market. Sterling came under pressure following comments by the British Prime Minister Theresa May at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham in which she said that article 50 to trigger the UK’s exit from the European Union would happen before the end of March. The pound fell to 1 euro 14 and continued to hover at 3 year lows as the UK Finance Minister Phillip Hammond was making his speech to the conference during which he said that he was abandoning plans to achieve a budget surplus by the year 2020. Sterling’s weakness contrasted with a rally on the London stock market where many multinational firms earn overseas profits in dollars.

The Dutch bank ING says that it plans to cut 5,700 jobs in Belgium and the Netherlands over the next five years as part of a cost-cutting plan. ING says that the decision is part of plans to “speed up” new technology and “continue to lead in digital banking”. 3,500 jobs will go in Belgium and more than 2,000 in the Netherlands. The bank says that it’s setting aside 1.1 billion euros to pay for the redundancies. ING currently employs 51,833.

And-US factories increased production in September according to the Institute for Supply Management. The ISM says that its index of national factory activity rose to 51.4 in September compared with 49.4 for August. The figure beat analysts’ expectations.A level above 50 indicates expansion. Factory output had been a weak spot in the US economy earlier this year as a global slump weighed on production.


Football-Swansea have sacked their manager Francesco Guidolin after a poor start to the season and replaced him with the former USA manager Bob Bradley. Swansea haven’t won since the opening day of the season and are currently in 17th place in the English Premier League. Meanwhile,Aston Villa of the Championship have also parted company with manager Roberto Di Matteo after just 124 days in charge. Villa have now gone through 4 coaches inside a year.They’re currently in 19th place in the table after having been relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season.

Formula 1-Haas have been fined 6,500 dollars after Esteban Gutierrez lost a wheel at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday. The Mexican was deemed to have been released unsafely from his third pit stop before a mechanical failure caused his left-front wheel to come adrift.

Cricket-India have gone to the top of the international Test rankings after beating New Zealand in the second Test in Kolkata. India won by 178 runs to clinch their 4th series victory in a row.

Tennis-Maria Sharapova will find out today whether her two year ban for doping will be overturned. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is due to rule on the matter today. The 29 year old was banned for 2 years by the International Tennis Federation for taking the banned substance meldonium. She says that she’d been taking the drug for health problems since 2006 and had not tried to use a performance enhancing substance.


Mainly fine with light to moderate south easterly winds.

Top temperature 25 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast and 12 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Fine tomorrow,quite cloudy on Thursday with some scattered showers at times.



A primary school in the UK has banned all pupils from running in the playground for health and safety reasons.

Hillfort Primary School in Cornwall has banned children from running from one end of the playground to the other after children kept getting injured.

The school has put on other activities for children including a choir, lego, and a sand pit so they have alternatives to running about.

Angry parents started a petition to remove the rule which they see as “health and safety gone mad”.