French News Wednesday 31st August 2016


Cocaine - 370 kilos of cocaine has been seized in the Port of Fos sur Mer near Marseille. The drugs were discovered in a container being delivered to a Coca-Cola factory in the region. According to reports it’s one of the biggest drug seizures ever in France.

Nice attack - The city of Nice has announced that Pope Francis will meet the families of the victims of the Nice attack on September 24th at the Vatican. Christian Estrosi, President of the Paca region will also be present. In a statement Estrosi said "I firmly hope that this day will help alleviate the suffering of victims enabling us to come together in our collective grief"

Camp - A Roma travelers camp has been dismantled in the Plaine du Var. About fifty people installed at the site, were evacuated on Tuesday morning. The camp has been located in the Plaine du Var for two years.On Tuesday, local associations were being mobilized to find a solution for families whose children are already in the school system.

Grasse prison - The former detention centre of Grasse has been put up for sale. Situated in the city centre the building dates back to 1841 and has been out of use since the prison closed in 1992. In total 1,277 square metres is on offer and applications must be completed before the 14th October. To participate in the auction a deposit of 50,000 euros is required.

Dime on Fest – This Friday Dime on Fest sings for Nice. This year’s Dime on Fest will be held at the Theatre du Verdure in Nice from 7pm on Friday. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the families of the victims of the Nice attack.


Emmanuel Macron - French economy minister Emmanuel Macron has quit the government. His resignation has increased speculation that he will launch his own presidential bid in an attempt to capitalise on French distrust of the political class. The Elysee confirmed that Macron had resigned as economy minister and that the minister of finance, Michel Sapin would take over what is one of the government’s most important jobs.

Manuel Valls - Meanwhile The French prime minister Manuel Valls has drawn criticism for suggesting that naked breasts are more representative of France than a headscarf, in the latest flare-up of the bitter political row over the burkini. Manuel Valls gave a speech on Monday night in which he hailed the bare breasts of Marianne, a national symbol of the French Republic.


The United States Treasury has criticised the European Union’s decision to make Apple pay 13 billion dollars in back taxes. The Treasury says that such tax investigations are “unfair” and undermined the tax rules of individual states. Meanwhile the White House says that the ruling could affect US tax payers. A spokesman said that if Apple was forced to pay the tax it might offset the amount against tax due in the United States,which would be unfair for US tax payers. On Tuesday the European Commission ruled that the government of the Republic of Ireland had enabled Apple to pay substantially less tax than other companies. Both Ireland and Apple say that they disagree with the penalty and will appeal. The global financial messaging system SWIFT has revealed further hacks on its member banks and is pressuring them to introduce security measures implemented in February following the 81 million dollar heist at Bangladesh Bank. SWIFT says that new cyber-theft attempts have surfaced since June and that customers environments had been compromised. A report by Reuters says that the disclosure suggests that cyber-criminals may be ramping up their efforts following the Bangladesh Bank robbery and that they’re specifically targeting banks with lax security procedures for SWIFT-enabled transfers.

And-French President Francois Hollande has said that he doubts whether the TTIP trade deal will ever be concluded. Speaking in Paris on Tuesday,Mr Hollande said that the deal would certainly not be finalised before US President Barack Obama left office and that the negotiations had “bogged down”. Mr Hollande said that France wanted to “see things as they are” adding that positions had not been respected and that the imbalance is obvious.Other senior European politicians including the vice-chancellor of Germany have also cast doubt on the viability of TTIP over the past few days.


Tennis-Andy Murray is through to the second round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows. The second seed beat Lukas Rosol in straight sets to set up a second round clash with Marcel Granollers. There were also first round wins for Stan Wawrinka,Juan Martin Del Potro and Kei Nishikori. In the women’s event,the defending champion Serena Williams came through her first round match against Ekaterina Makarova 6-3 6-3 and there were first round wins for Venus Williiams,Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska.

Cricket-England posted the highest ever one day international total on Tuesday as they thrashed Pakistan by 169 runs at Trent Bridge to take the series. England made a massive 444-3 from their 50 overs including 171 from Alex Hales and 90 not out from Jos Buttler. In reply,Pakistan could only manage 275 all out from 42.4 overs. England take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series with two to play.

Football-More than a billion pounds is expected to change hands the end of the transfer deadline which concludes today with clubs spending more than ever before thanks to a lucrative new television deal which is worth 5.1 billion pounds. Some big clubs including Manchester City may look to trim their clubs but others including West Ham,Crystal Palace,Swansea and West Brom are looking to add players. The deadline comes at 11pm in England tonight and at midnight in Scotland.

Formula 1-Kevin Magnussen is set to be passed fit to drive in the Italian Grand Prix this weekend despite his high speed crash at the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend. Magnussen’s Renault piled into the tyre barrier at 180mph at Spa on Sunday and he was taken to hospital with an ankle injury. The damage doesn’t appear to be as bad as first thought and he should be fit to drive at Monza.

Golf-Lee Westwood says that the 6 rookies picked for Europe’s Ryder Cup team have the characters to handle the hostile crowd at Hazeltine Minnesota. Westwood is one of three wildcard picks by Europe captain Darren Clarke and it will be his 10th Ryder Cup. The team selection has been heavily criticised but Westwood says that Europe has some world class players and that they can handle the pressure.


Sunshine and thundery showers with light to moderate easterly winds. Top temperature 28 degrees Celsius. Overnight lows of 23 degrees on the coast and 19 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies. Thursday and Friday-Fine and sunny with highs of 27-30 degrees.