French News Wednesday 12th October 2016



National Tribute - The national tribute to victims of the Nice terror attack could be severely disrupted on Friday due to bad weather. 2,500 people are expected to attend the tribute which is due to take place on the Colline du Chateau at 11am in the presence of Francois Hollande. Strong winds and heavy rain have been forecast by Meteo France.

Accident - A 38 year old man has died on the road from Cannes to Golfe Juan. The victim is reported to have collided head on with a lorry shortly after 9am on Tuesday. Police have launched an investigation and are asking for any witnesses to come forward.

Nice Côte d’Azur Airport - A new deal currently under negotiation could see Nice Cote d’Azur Airport being renamed to Nice-Monaco Airport. The deal which would see the state of Monaco invest 10% capital in the facility is currently being discussed. Nice Cote d’Azur Airport is the third busiest airport in France.


Vladimir Putin – The French presidential palace has announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin is to postpone his visit to Paris, following President François Hollande's statement that he was questioning the value of a meeting between the two leaders because of differences over the Syria conflict. The leaders had been scheduled to meet on the 19th October.

Airbus - French-based aircraft-maker Airbus has slammed the Polish government over the cancellation of a three-billion-euro contract for military helicopters. Poland's Eurosceptic government has scrapped a deal, worth an estimated 3.1 billion euros.


Shares in Samsung have fallen again after the smartphone maker said that it was scrapping production of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 model. Shares in the South Korean electronics giant fell by 8 percent on Tuesday and have fallen by a further 3 percent in Asian trading this morning. The company has seen more than 20 billion dollars wiped off its value in the past two days. The Note 7 was recalled last month over exploding batteries and Samsung has now scrapped the device completely after replacement phones showed the same problems. The problem is set to affect Samsung’s profitability in the long run as it loses out to rivals including Apple and Google. The pound has seen more volatile trading this morning after falling below 1 US dollar 21 cents on Tuesday and to below 1 euro 10 cents. Stirling has recovered to 1 US dollar 23 cents this morning but is still hovering at 3 decade lows against the greenback and has lost 19 percent in value against the US currency since the EU referendum on June the 23rd. Analysts say that the volatility is unlikely to end until there’s greater clarity about Brexit.


And-The United States is to work with private firms on its plan to send humans to Mars in the 2030’s. President Obama announced plans for a crewed mission to the red planet in 2010 but Nasa’s plan to realise the vision has been heavily criticised by Congress. On Tuesday.Mr Obama said that America would work with private companies to “build new habitats that can contain and support astronauts”. He said that “we have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America’s story in space,sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to earth”.He added that the ultimate ambition is to one day remain there for “an extended time”.



Football-England could only manage a 0-0 draw in Slovenia in World Cup qualifying Group F last night and had goalkeeper Joe Hart to thank for preventing them being defeated. Scotland lost 3-0 in Slovakia in the same group increasing the pressure on manager Gordon Strachan while the other game in the group ended Lithuania 2 Malta 0. Also last night Germany beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in Group C.

Cricket-Bangladesh play England in the third one day international in Chittagong later this morning. The series is tied at 1-1.Play is due to start at 10.30 am French time. South Africa play Australia in the 5th one day international in Cape Town looking to impose a 5-0 series whitewash. Play starts at 1.30 lunchtime.

Rugby Union-The Leicester flanker Mike Williams has broken his arm for the third time in 12 months and will miss England’s autumn international games. Williams was touting for a role as possible openside but broke his arm in the warm-up for last Saturday’s game against Worcester and will be out for up to 3 months.

Formula 1-Renault are reported to be eyeing up Nico Hulkenberg for next season The Force India driver would replace either Jolyon Palmer or Kevin Magnussen Renault have had a torrid reintroduction to Formula 1 after taking over from Lotus. The team has only 7 constructors championship points and will be looking to make a bigger impact next season.



Partially cloudy with light to moderate south easterly winds.

Top temperature 18 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 14 degrees on the coast and 12 degrees inland with rain spreading across the region.

Thursday and Friday-Wet and windy with thunderstorms coming along on Friday and some snow over the high ground.