French News Friday 14th October 2016


Cruise Ship hits dock - The cruise ship, Pacific Princess, has hit the dock on the port of Nice. The incident occurred this morning shortly after 7am. The ship had arrived in the port an hour earlier and was due to leave this evening at 5pm. A leak in one of the compartments has been reported and firefighters and divers are currently on site.

Bad Weather - Schools will remain  closed in some areas of southern France today as a result of  severe weather. Storms have already battered several regions in the south of the country with the Hérault department still on red alert following torrential  rainfall. Meteo France has issued an orange weather alert for the Var this morning and in Nice the bad weather has prompted authorities to postpone this morning’s memorial for the victims of the Nice attack which will now be held tomorrow morning at 11am.

Shooting - A man remains in police custody in connection with the shooting at a tram stop in Nice. Nobody was injured during the incident on Wednesday night when several gun shots were fired at the Pasteur tram stop in Nice. The investigation continues.

Property Tax - A new report published on Thursday has shown that property taxes in France have shot up by 14.70% over the last five years with some areas of France particularly hard hit. This year home or land owners will have to pay their property tax by October 17th


Brexit - French Finance minister Michel Sapin has confirmed that some banks will move some activities to the continent when the UK leaves the EU. Sapin said that until now US banks had adopted a wait-and-see approach towards their British investments and that France was working on a plan to promote Paris as a future financial capital.

Television debate - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has faced a series of verbal attacks during a television debate. In the first of three presidential primary debates which was aired on Thursday night Sarkozy was forced on the defensive saying he was unjustly hounded by legal investigations. During the primetime showdown outsider candidates attempted to seduce conservative voters, with Fillon using his closing remarks to say the media was wrongly trying to portray the primary as a duel solely between frontrunners Sarkozy and Alain Juppé.


Samsung Electronics says that it expects a further hit to its profits following the withdrawal of the note 7 smartphone. The South Korean firm has already revised down its third quarter earnings guidance and now says that it expects revenue to be affected into the first quarter of 2017. The Note 7 was recalled last month after a series of battery fires and withdrawn from sale completely when replacement devices experienced the same problem. The phone,which was launched in August had been meant to compete with the Apple iPhone 7 at the top end of the market. Verizon Communications says that Yahoo’s massive data breach of email accounts could give it reasonable grounds to withdraw from its 4.83 billion dollar deal to buy the technology company. Verizon says that the data breach could trigger a clause in the deal that would prevent it from going ahead. The company says that it has had “preliminary briefings” from Yahoo but still required significantly more information before making a decision.

And-The US computer firm HP says that it expects to cut between 3 and 4 thousand jobs over the next three years. The hardware business of the former Hewlett-Packard said that the plans were part of a greater restructuring effort. The cuts are expected to generate between 200 and 300 million dollars in annual savings but are expected to cost up to 500 million dollars in charges. Hewlett-Packard split into two firms last year.HP inc which focuses on printers and computers and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise which sold its software business to focus on data storage.


Athletics-The Olympic gold medal heptathlon star Jessica Ennis-Hill has retired from the sport at the age of 30. Ennis-Hill had hinted of her plans after winning the silver medal at the Rio Olympics in August. She won gold at London 2012 and is also a double world champion. She said that she always wanted to “leave on a high” and had “no regrets”.

Football-The English Premier League is back in action this weekend following the international break. On Saturday Chelsea play Leicester in the lunchtime game and then its Arsenal against Swansea.Bournemouth versus Hull.Manchester City against Everton.Stoke against Sunderland.West Brom against Spurs and Crystal Palace against West Ham. On Sunday Middlesbrough play Watford and Southampton host Burnley. Liverpool play Manchester United on Monday.

Formula 1-Nikki Lauda says that he will “speak” with Lewis Hamilton abou how to “politely proceed with the media”. Hamilton was widely criticised at the Japanese Grand Prix for not paying attention during press conferences and refusing to answer questions after qualifying.

Rugby Union-The European Champions Cup competition starts this weekend with Glasgow and Leicester opening proceedings with their Pool 1 game tonight. There are some exciting looking games tomorrow with Toulon against Saracens in Pool 3 and Leinster against Castres in Pool 4. On Sunday Racing 92 host Munster in Pool 1 while Exeter play Clermont Auvergne in Pool 5.

Racing-The climax to the flat season takes place at Ascot tomorrow with British Champions Day. The talk this week has been whether Aiden O’Brien can become the most successful trainer ever in terms of winning top-level races in a single year. The charge will be led by 3 top fillies from O’Brien’s Ballydoyle,County Tipperary stables with the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Found running in the Champion Stakes,the 1000 Guineas and Epsom  Oaks winner Minding who runs in the Queen Elizabeth the II stakes and the Irish Oaks winner 7th Heaven who goes in the Fillies and Mares Stakes. 


Overcast with more rain and scattered thunderstorms. Moderate to strong easterly winds with gusts of up to 65 km/h.

Top temperature 18 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 15 degrees on the coast and 13 degrees inland with cloudy skies and further outbreaks of rain;

The weekend-Clearing with a high of 21-22 degrees.


The Forth Bridge has been voted Scotland's greatest man-made wonder.  A Unesco World Heritage Site, the 126-year-old bridge took almost a third of the votes in a survey by VisitScotland. It beat landmark sites including Edinburgh Castle to take the top spot in the poll.

The vote was carried out by the national tourism organisation to mark Scotland's year of innovation, architecture and design.