French News Wednesday 19th October 2016


Abduction - A four month old baby girl has been abducted by her father in Grenoble. The child was taken from a women’s shelter where her mother had fled after suffering abuse from her partner. The baby girl was wearing pink pyjamas has brown eyes and brown hair. 28 year old Steeve Beni Saad took the child in a maxi cozy with a pink blanket he is black has short black hair and was wearing glasses. French police have asked anyone with any information to call 197.

Migrants - A temporary migrant camp has been set up in Saint Dalmas de Tende. Around fifty migrants, 29 of whom are minors have occupied a building belonging to the SNCF situated next to the station. Local police are on site to control the situation. 

Alpes Maritimes - The Alpes Maritimes has allocated seven million euros to strengthen security and support local tourism in the region following the attack of July 14th in Nice. It’s been reported that a large part of the money will be used to improve security in schools and to fund the security of sporting and cultural events in order to avoid cancellations, as well as help those businesses situated close to the Promenade des Anglais which have reported an important drop in business since the attack. 

Chateau - The colline du chateau in Nice is due to re-open its gates this morning after being closed since the national tribute to the victims of the Nice Attack on Saturday. The dismantling of the event meant access remained closed on Tuesday.

Give Blood - An estimated 600 donors are expected to donate blood over the next three days during the 29th edition of the ‘Journées Nicoises’ for blood donations. Donors are invited to give blood at the Place Massena every afternoon from 1pm to 6.30pm until Friday 21st October.

OGC Nice – OGC Nice has announced that striker Mario Balotelli, will not play against Salzburg on Thursday due to injury. Kickoff is at 7pm.


Flu Vaccination - The National Assembly has approved a move which will allow chemists in France to carry out flu vaccinations. The temporary measure which is on an experimental basis for a three year period has been introduced in an attempt to improve vaccination coverage in France.

Police - The head of the national police force in France is to carry out an investigation into why hundreds of police officers demonstrated on Paris’ Champs Elysées on Tuesday night. The demonstration, which involved hundreds of police officers, was undertaken without the backing of police unions, or police bosses. Those taking part in the demonstration say they were protesting about lack of resources to tackle crime, and a growing number of attacks on police officers.

Tour de France - Tour de France organisers on Tuesday unveiled a 2017 course light on mountain climbs that should boost reigning champion Chris Froome's bid for a fourth title. The race starts in Dusseldorf, Germany on July 1st.


China’s official statistics bureau says that the country’s economy grew at an annual rate of 6.7 percent in the third quarter in a sign that growth is stabilising. The figure was the same rate as the previous two quarters and was in line with expectations. Full year growth is still likely to be weaker than last year’s which was the slowest rate of expansion for a quarter of a century. However,there are growing concerns that growth is being propped up by government spending and increasing debt while private investment is tumbling to record lows. The British government is expected to announce next week whether it favours the expansion of Heathrow or Gatwick airports. The decision will finally be made following decades of delays although MP’s will not get to vote on it for at least another year. The signs are that Heathrow will be the favoured option although some government ministers including the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson are opposed to the move. Ministers will be allowed out against the decision over the coming months before a vote is taken in Parliament.

And-Goldman Sachs has announced a 58 percent jump in profits for the third quarter. The bank says that earnings increased to 2.1 billion dollars in the three months to the end of September,compared with 1.33 billion for the same period last year. Goldman says that the increase is down to better returns for its trading activity in bonds,commodities and currencies.


Football-Leicester City are on the brink of qualifying for the knock out phase of the European Champions League thanks to a 1-0 win over FC Copenhagen in Group G last night.Mahrez scored the winner on 40 minutes taking his side to just one more win from the final stages in the competition. The other group game last night ended Brugge 1 Porto 2. In the other Champions League games last night.In Group E Bayer Leverkusen and Spurs drew 0-0 while CSKA and Monaco drew 1-1. In Group F Real Madrid thrashed Legia Warsaw 5-1 and Sporting lost 2-1 at home to Borussia Dortmund. In Group H Dinamo Zagreb went down 1-0 at home to Sevilla and Juventus were 1-0 winner at Lyon. There are 8 more ties tonight.In Group A Arsenal play Ludo Razgd and Paris St Germain host Basel. In Group B Dynamo Kiev host Benfica and Napoli play Besiktas. Group C pairs Barcelona against Manchester City while Celtic play Borussia Monchengladbach and in Group D Bayern Munich play PSV  and Rostov play Athletico Madrid.

There was practically a full progamme in the English Championship last night with Newcastle the new leaders following a 2-0 win at Barnsley. Norwich slip to second while Brighton are up to third thanks to a 1-0 win over Wolves. In the other results Birmingham beat Rotherham 4-2.Blackburn beat Nottingham Forest 2-1.Derby and Brentford drew 0-0.Fulham and Norwich drew 2-2.Ipswich beat Burton 2-0.Leeds and Wigan drew 1-1.QPR beat Bristol City 1-0 and Reading lost 2-1 at home to Aston Villa.

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton has been called to appear at the drivers’ press conference ahead of Sunday’s US Grand Prix at Austin. Two weeks ago,Hamilton disrupted the press conference in Japan by uploading photographs to snapchat and gave short answers to media questions. He later said that  he didn’t really plan on attending many more of “these things” in the future but the sport’s governing body the FIA has other ideas and has ordered him to appear.

Rugby Union-A French coroner has said that the Ulster head coach Anthony Foley died as a result of a build up of fluid on his lungs provoked by a heart condition. Mr Foley,who was 42 died at Ulster’s hotel ahead of their European Champions Cup match against Racing 92 last weekend. An autopsy found that the condition,called pulmonary edema was caused by a ‘heart rhythm disorder’. Mr Foley’s funeral will be held in County Clare tomorrow.

Cycling-The three time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has said that “questions remain” over Sir Bradley Wiggins’ use of a banned steroid in major races. Wiggins took the anti-inflammatory drug Triam-cinoline for allergies and respiratory problems after applying for therapeutic use exemptions TUEs. His former team-mate Froome said on Tuesday that “questions remain over his symptomsand ,the choice of treatment  and the related performance benefits from that treatment” although he added that it was “impossible to say” whether Wiggins was operating in a “grey area”.


Mainly fine with light to moderate south westerly winds. Top temperature 21 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 14 degrees on the coast and 9 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Mainly fine with highs of 19-21 degrees.


British scientists say they're on the verge of a futuristic food-lover's miracle. Announcing a new spoon that can reportedly change the taste of any food being consumed. The “Taste Buddy” invention produces a low-level electrical current that stimulates the appropriate taste buds so that the mouth perceives sweet or salty flavors (and sends those signals to the brain)– even if they’re not really present. The invention, was unveiled at the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair in Birmingham last week.