French News Wednesday 5th October 2016


Tribute - Hotels and taxis in Nice have announced that for the national tribute for the Nice Attack, which is to be held on October 14th, services will be free of charge to families of the victims. Having already showed an act of spontaneous solidarity on the night of the attack both taxi drivers and hotel employees have agreed to provide another free service during the national tribute. 

Radicalisation - Local representatives have met to present a project for a centre against radicalisation. A meeting was held in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region on Tuesday afternoon to discuss plans which are part of a national project launched by Prime Minister Manuel Valls in May, in the fight against terrorism. The aim is to create a centre in each region by the end of 2017.

The ENT - A school in Saint-Maxime in the Var has volunteered to become a pilot for a computer programme known as the ‘ENT’. The ‘ENT’ is currently used in secondary education allowing teaching staff to share information with parents through a platform. The aim is to introduce the ‘ENT’ to all schools including nursery and primary.

Stade du Ray - The demolition of the old football stadium the ‘Stade du Ray’ in Nice could be postponed due to several swallow’s nests which are located in the site’s structure. The bird is a protected species.  


Emmanuel Macron - Presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron has set out his first batch of ideas to reform the country’s political system at a rally in Strasbourg. Speaking to more than a 1,000 people on Tuesday, Macron said France is sick because politicians throw taxpayers money at problems instead of addressing them properly. The former economy minister who quit President Francois Hollande’s government this summer slammed the whole political class for failing to reform a country struggling with unemployment and shaken by deadly terrorist attacks.

Alstom - French state-owned railways has placed a huge order for high-speed trains to save an Alstom factory in eastern France. Up to 400 jobs were under threat at the historic plant, which was built in 1879 and made the first TGV high-speed trains in the 1970s. The government will buy 15 TGVs for lines running between Bordeaux and Marseille and Montpellier and Perpignan for 450 million euros.


The internet giant Google has unveiled two new smartphones as the battle for market share against Apple and Samsung intensifies. The two new devices will feature a virtual assistant and voice activated speaker which will allow users control without the use of a touchscreen. The virtual assistant can hold a conversation in which one question or command builds on the last,rather than dealing with each request in isolation. The device also draws on Google’s knowledge graph database which links together information on more than 70 billion facts. The new phones have been branded as ‘Pixel’ rather than Nexus,marking a break from the past and come with either a 12.7 or 13 centimetre screen. Google says that the 12.3 megapixel rear camera is the best on the market and is offering unlimited storage for photos.

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that the UK economy is strong despite Brexit concerns that have hit sterling and seen growth forecasts for next year reduced. In an interview with the BBC,Mrs May said that her job was to make the UK’s exit from the EU as “smooth as possible”. However,she acknowledged that it would not be “plain sailing” and that there would be “bumps in the road”. Mrs May was speaking as the London stock market rose to an 18-month high fuelled by the overseas earnings of large firms making up the FTSE 100. The pound has continued to fall on the foreign exchanges though to its lowest level against the US dollar in 31 years and to below 1 euro 14 cents against the single European currency.

Meanwhile the International Monetary fund says that the UK will be the best performing among the G7 nations this year. The IMF has raised its prediction for UK growth this year to 1.8 percent but has warned that economic expansion next year will fall back to 1.1 percent. The forecasts are based on what the IMF assumes will be “smooth post-Brexit negotiations” and a “limited increase in economic barriers”. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook is predicting “subpar” global growth this year of 3.1 percent-rising slightly in 2017.


Tennis-The International Tennis Federation has warned that players will not be able to plead ignorance if they test positive for banned substances. The warning comes after the former world number one Maria Sharapova had a two year ban reduced to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday. She’ll now be allowed to return to competition next April. The ITF says that it’s reviewed its processes for communicating with players with the aim of ensuring that no athlete can claim that they hadn’t been fully informed.

Cricket-The third one day international between South Africa and Australia is being played in Durban today. The home side leads the 5 match series 2-0 and will clinch it with another win today. Play starts at 1.30 French time.

Football-The England left-back Danny Rose says that former striker Alan Shearer was right to label the national team as a “laughing stock” following the departure of manager Sam Allardyce. Speaking on Tuesday,Rose said that he didn’t want to say that it’s a “mess” but it’s “not nice” for English football. Allardyce left his post after the Daily Telegraph newspaper revealed that he’d told undercover reporters posing as businessmen how to “get around” player transfer rules. Gareth Southgate is in temporary charge of the team.

Rugby Union-The Wales captain Sam Warburton has suffered a broken cheekbone and may not be fit to face Australia in the opening Autumn Test on November the 4th. Warburton picked up the injury while playing for Cardiff Blues against Leinster on Saturday and is to undergo surgery today. He’s expected to be out for 2-4 weeks.


Mainly fine with light south westerly winds. Top temperature 25 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast and 12 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Thursday and Friday-Quite cloudy tomorrow with some rain in the afternoon-fine on Friday.


A pigeon carrying a threatening message for India’s Prime Minister has been taken into custody after being discovered near the country’s border with Pakistan.

The grey pigeon was found with a message referring to the 1971 war between Pakistan and India and was addressed to PM Narendra Modi.

The letter, which was written in Urdu, was roughly translated as: “Modi, we’re not the same people from 1971. Now each and every child is ready to fight against India.”

The bird was found at Pathankot in the northern state of Punjab, where militants based in Pakistan launched a deadly attack on an airforce base in January.