French News Monday 10th October 2016


Earthquake - An earthquake measuring nearly 3.7 on the Richter scale has been registered off the coast near San Remo. The tremor on Saturday night was felt throughout the region of Nice at 11:37 p.m. Its epicenter was located in the sea off San Remo. The quake lasted a little more than 4 seconds. It was  felt in several districts of Nice as well as  Saint-Laurent-du-Var, Cagnes-sur-Mer,  the valley of Paillon, Monaco and Menton.

Investigation - The body of a 54 year old man has been found in the water by the coastal path in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. Firefighters discovered the body at 8am on Sunday morning. Emergency services believe the victim fell while walking along the path. An investigation is underway.

Drug trafficking - Two young men from Nice have been jailed in Peru on suspicion of drug trafficking. According to statements by their families the two men had gone to Peru on a sightseeing tour. Police arrested the men along with six  Peruvians during a drugs raid in an apartment block in Lima. Their lawyer has claimed they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Peruvian authorities the men have been linked to a drug trafficking network including a Peruvian nicknamed ‘Chocolate’ who worked at Nice airport.

‘Fiche S’ - The French Interior Ministry has announced that it will not share details with local authorities of individuals who are on the so-called ‘Fiche S’ a list of people that the security services are watching but who have not been charged with any crime. The list has been in the spotlight since the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine in January 2015. According to the database, the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur is among one of the most affected areas in France with four times as many reports recorded in 2015 compared to the previous year.

Colline du Chateau - A group of people got caught out on Saturday night when they found themselves locked inside the Colline du Chateau. Forty people reportedly unaware of the winter closing times found the gate locked at 6pm. As of October 1st parks in the city close at 6pm.

Duck race - 10,000 yellow plastic ducks have been released into the river Loup in Villeneuve Loubet. As part of an unusual race for charity the first Duck Race of the French Riviera took place on Sunday all proceeds from the race will be donated children's charities. 

Wine Tasting - China has won this years world championship of blind wine tasting. The event was held at La Londe-les-Maures in the Var on Saturday. The win described as a "thunderbolt in the world of wine" saw the Chinese team beat the French and Americans.


Police - A French police officer is still in a critical condition in hospital after youths from a housing estate near Paris tried to set fire to his patrol vehicle on Saturday. Four other officers were injured during the attack. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said the culprits would be "relentlessly pursued and brought to justice”.


Samsung Electronics has suspended production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after reports of replacement devices catching fire. The development is another setback for Samsung which is currently trying to manage its worst ever phone recall crisis. The latest report came from Kentucky in the US where a man said that he awoke to a bedroom full of smoke after his replacement Galaxy Note 7 caught fire. Last Wednesday,another replacement Note 7 caught fire on a South West Airlines plane. The Note 7 was the subject of a mass recall last month but Samsung said that it had identified and fixed the problem. Problems with replacement devices are set to further hurt the reputation of the world’s largest smartphone maker and could represent new dangers for consumers.

The bookmaker William Hill has confirmed that it’s in talks to merge with the owner of the poker websites Full Tilt and Pokerstars. Reports say that the deal would be worth 4.5 billion pounds and is the latest example of consolidation in the gaming industry. William Hill says that its board has been examining ways to diversify by expanding its digital and international businesses. Pokerstars is the world’s largest online poker website and is owned by Amaya of Canada. Amaya is listed on both the Toronto and Nasdaq stock exchanges.Its shares have risen by a third this year making the company worth around 2.4 billion dollars.

And-The British government has said that UK companies will not be forced to list or name foreign workers that they employ. In an interview with the BBC on Sunday,the Defence Minister Michael Fallon said that it “wouldn’t happen” but that companies would simply be asked to “report their numbers”. He said that the data could be used to identify skills gaps or be a factor in deciding whether to grant firms more visas for overseas workers. Last week a row broke out after the Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the Conservative Party conference that firms should be “clear about the proportion of their workforce which is international”. Labour says that the government’s policy is in “disarray”.


Football-Wales were held to a 1-1 draw by Georgia in their Group D World Cup qualifying game last night. Gareth Bale scored for Wales but Georgia equalised in the second half. The Republic of Ireland were 3-1 winners in Moldova in the same group while the other game ended Serbia 3 Austria 2. France are in action away at the Netherlands in Group A tonight.Kick off is at 8.45 pm.

Formula 1-Nico Rosberg has opened up a 33 point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship after winning the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka on Sunday. Max Verstappen finished second for Red Bull with Lewis Hamilton salvaging third place after another disastrous start which saw him slip back to 8th place by the first corner. There are 4 races left and if Rosberg finishes at least second in all of them then he’ll win his maiden world championship. The next race is in Austin on the 23rd of October.

Cricket-Bangladesh have levelled the one day series against England with a 34 run victory in the second match in Dhaka. The home side batted first and made 238-8 from their 50 overs. In reply,England could only manage 204 all out from 44,4 overs. The deciding match is on Wednesday in Chittagong.

Tennis-Andy Murray has won his 40th singles title with victory in the final of the China Open. Murray beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 7-6 and didn’t drop a set in the entire tournament. He’s also closing the gap on world number one Novak Djokovic in the ATP rankings.

Rugby Union-Saracens won the big game in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday with a 30-14 victory over Wasps. The defeat ends Wasps 100 percent record and sees Saracens replace them at the top of the table.



Partially cloudy with the chance of some thundery showers in the Alpes-Maritimes this afternoon.

Light to moderate south westerly winds and a high of 21 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 13 degrees on the coast tonight and 9 degrees inland with more thundery outbreaks in the Alpes-Maritimes.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Sunshine and showers tomorrow-partially cloudy on Wednesday.