French News Wednesday 17th August 2016


Breaking News - A fire has broken out in the Marina in Cogolin, in the Var. According to reports the fire which broke out in the early hours of this morning has completely destroyed the popular beach restaurant 'Hippie Chic'. Firefighters managed to put out the fire and stop it from spreading to neighbouring businesses. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined but police are not ruling out criminal activity.

Shooting - A well-known Marseille gangster has been murdered in a deserted street. The incident happened on Monday night and is the latest in a series of gangland shootings in a city sometimes labelled France's "capital of crime". Alain Armato, 56, was shot dead in a street on a crime-ridden housing estate at about 11.30 on Monday night it’s the 19th fatal shooting in the Marseille region this year.

Juan les Pins - According to reports police now believe the panic which caused a stampede in Juan les Pins, injuring 70 people at the weekend, may have been started by the sound of a car backfiring. They are seeking the car in question and believe no malice was intended by the driver.

Water restrictions - The Prefecture of the Var has announced new water restrictions following the current drought in the region. Watering lawns or washing cars has been banned and filling swimming pools requires an authorization from the town hall.

Ferry - The ferry which caught fire on Saturday evening in the port of Nice has been taken to Naples to be repaired. The Italian company Moby lines confirmed that the Moby Zaza had been authorized to leave the port following the incident.

Red Light - A study by Autoplus magazine shows Nice is the second worst city in France for drivers running red lights. Marseilles was first with Paris third. The fine for running a red light is 135 euros plus 4 points on your licence.


Missing swimmer - French rescue workers have been searching for a 13-year-old British boy off the Channel town of Boulogne-sur-Mer after he was swept away by strong currents while swimming near a lighthouse. The boy, whose identity and home address have not been made public, was swimming with two other children on Monday afternoon when they were taken by surprise by the currents. The two other children managed to swim to safety and raise the alarm at about 6.30pm.


Accountancy firms and banks who "peddle" tax avoidance schemes could soon face hefty fines under new Government proposals. Currently there are few risks for those selling the schemes to wealthy individuals and companies who unlawfully exploit tax rules. However, under the new plans "enablers" could be forced to pay fines of up to 100% of the tax that was underpaid.

And - Ford has said it will mass-produce a fully autonomous self-driving car without a steering wheel by 2021The bold ambition was outlined by the company’s president, Mark Fields, at an event in, California. Ford announced it would double its investment in its research centre in the city adding that the car would be in use by customers by 2021.


Football –Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed Steaua Bucharest 5-0 in the first leg of their Champions League qualifying play-off. Aguero also missed two penalties - the first saved and second powered over - either side of David Silva's opener. Tonight Monaco play Villarreal in Spain, in the qualifying play off in the Champions league.

Rio Olympics – Team GB golden couple Laura Trott and Jason Kenny have cycled their way to historic top-of-the-podium finishes. Trott picked up her second gold medal at the Rio Games, making her the first female British Olympian to win four golds. Kenny, who marries Trott next month, later won his third gold medal in Rio, holding his nerve after two false starts.

Summary of the medals table United States is first with 84, 28 bronze, 28 silver and 28 gold. Great Britain is 2nd with 50 medals and China is 3rd with 51 medals.


Highs of 27 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes, mainly cloudy with some sunny spells. Highs of 28 degrees in the Var with moderate south westerly winds. Risk of thunderstorms inland later on in the day. Outlook for Thursday – cloudy with highs of 27 degrees. Friday and the weekend a return to normal, some passing cloud on Saturday otherwise clear skies and sunshine with highs of 28 degrees.