French News Wednesday 21st September 2016


Arrests – French authorities have made eight new arrests in connection with the July 14th attack in Nice which left 86 people dead and over 300 injured. The authorities said the suspects detained on Monday were French and Tunisian and had links to the attacker. All eight were arrested in the Alpes-Maritimes region. According to reports despite ISIS claiming him as one of their “soldiers”, police have yet to find any connection between the July 14th killer and ISIS.

Nice Triathlon - The Nice triathlon has been cancelled due to security concerns. The event which was due to take place on the first weekend of October was expecting to welcome more than 2,000 athletes. The City of Nice has reported that it will consider rescheduling the triathlon next year.

 Aeroplane - Motorists have been left dumbfounded after a light aircraft made an emergency landing on the A8 motorway between Brignoles and Le Luc on Tuesday morning. The training plane, with two students on board, developed a technical problem which forced the instructor to make the emergency landing. There were no injuries.

Motorcyclists – It’s to be made compulsory for all motorcyclists in France to wear gloves.  The new safety measure is to be introduced from the 20th November. Those found not wearing gloves risk a 45 euros fine and one point off their driving license.

Gambling - According to a recent study the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes are among the regions in France with the highest number of people who gamble. The study published on Tuesday showed that the Corsicans are the biggest gamblers in France. 


Calais - Work has begun on a £1.9m wall to block migrants and asylum seekers from attempting to board lorries heading to the Calais port. The structure will stand 4 metres tall and 1km long on both sides of the dual carriageway approaching the port, a few hundred metres from the main refugee camp, where more than 10,000 people live in conditions that charities describe as dangerous and dirty.


The head of the US banking giant Wells Fargo has been told to resign over a bogus accounts scandal. John Stumpf faced a barrage of aggressive questions from US senators on Tuesday. One senator said that he should step down as Wells Fargo had “squeezed” its employees “so that they would cheat customers”. Mr Stumpf said that he was “deeply sorry” and should have acted quicker. Earlier this month.Wells Fargo was fined 185 million dollars for offences which included bank employees opening more than 2 million deposit and credit card accounts with the permission of customers. The regulator accused the bank of “widespread illegal practice”.

Microsoft has launched a 40 billion  dollar share buyback scheme and raised its quarterly  dividend. It’s the second time in three years that the software giant has offered a share buyback and is due to be completed before the end of the year. The company has also announced that it’s raising its quarterly dividend by 8 percent to 39 cents per share. Earlier this year,Microsoft announced its biggest ever acquisition with the purchase of the professional networking site LinkedIn for just over 26 billion dollars. The price was considered high after LinkedIn reported an annual loss of 166 million dollars.

And-US authorities are investigating the energy giant Exxon Mobil over the way that it’s valued its assets following a plunge in the price of oil. The firm says that its fully complying with the investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Exxon Mobil is the only one of the big US energy firms not to have taken a charge to reflect the drop in oil prices. The SEC is also examining how the firm accounts for the potential impact on its business of climate change policy.


Football-There were 8 ties in the third round of the League Cup in England last night with the shock of the night coming on the south coast as Bournemouth of the Premier League were beaten 3-2 at home by Preston. In the other results Brighton lost 2-1 at home to Reading.Liverpool were 3-0 winners at Derby.Everton were beaten 2-0 at home by Norwich.Leeds beat Blackburn 1-0.Chelsea were 4-2 winners at Leicester after extra time.Newcastle beat Wolves 2-0 and Arsenal were 4-0 winners at Nottingham Forest. There are 8 more ties tonight-we’ll bring you the results from those games tomorrow morning.

Rugby Union-The Saracens and England wing Chris Ashton has been banned for 13 weeks for biting. Ashton was found guilty late last night by a disciplinary panel after a 6 hour hearing. He was cited following the match between Saracens and Northampton last Saturday after prop Alex Waller complained that he’d been bitten twice.One of the incidents was dismissed by the panel but Ashton was found guilty of the other offence and won’t be able to play again until December the 19th.

Formula 1-Media reports say that Fernando Alonso has threatened to walk away from the sport next year unless new regulations improve competitiveness. Alonso is under contract at McLaren until the end of next season and although he’s said that he’s confident that the team will start winning “at some point” he’s not certain that it will come as soon as next season.


Starting fine but clouding over with some possible thunderstorms this afternoon.

Light southerly winds in the Alpes-Maritimes with a moderate westerly wind in coastal areas of the Var.

Top temperature 25 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 17 degrees on the coast and 13 degrees inland with mainly clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Mainly fine with highs of 25-26 degrees


According to a new study even if you are doing everything to stay in shape by eating well if you're stressed, all your efforts mean nothing. The study found that anxiety counteracts any benefits of a healthy meal. During times of stress, a healthy meal is as bad for your heart as deep-fried wings, according to researchers.

The findings, shed new light on how our mental health affects our physical well-being. The researchers warn this is not a free pass to eat whatever you want when you're stressed.

'This study should show that it makes sense to eat healthy all the time and manage stress better'.