French News Monday 26th September 2016


Train Strike – There are reports of strike action affecting the regional train network today. Passengers wishing to use the service are strongly advised to check the SNCF website before setting off on their journey.

Arrests - Two teenage girls from Nice are being held on suspicion of planning an attack directed by a notorious Syria-based French jihadist Rachid Kassim. The suspects, aged 17 and 19 were arrested mid-September in Nice. The teenagers reportedly told investigators they had been in contact with Kassim, “They admitted they had been planning a violent attack under the influence of Rachid Kassim before abandoning their plans.”

Migrants - The mayor of Champtercier, a small village in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence has offered to house a hundred migrants in a former holiday center. The temporary structure will enable men and women to relocate from the jungle camp in Calais. Migrants are due to arrive on October 15th the announcement has allegedly caused much debate amongst villagers.

Pope Francis - More than two months after the Nice attack which caused 86 deaths and left over 400 wounded, many victims and families of victims have met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. 57 families joined nearly 500 others at the Vatican on Saturday in what was described by those who attended as a gathering of great emotion.

Floods - A much awaited documentary is to be aired on France 3 this evening at 8.55pm. For the first time the regional documentary which looks at the deadly floods which ravaged the Alpes Maritimes on October 3rd 2015 will be aired in prime time. The floods claimed 21 lives, 65,000 victims and 600 million euros of damage. The documentary will be followed by a debate.  

OGC Nice - Tributes have been pouring in for the former coach of OGC Nice René Marsiglia who died on Sunday at the age of 57 after a long illness. A figure of French football Marsiglia had worked with Lille, Lens and Toulon before becoming captain and coach of OGC Nice. OGC Nice who returned to the top of the League on Sunday by beating Nancy 1-0 will pay tribute to Marsiglia at their next game against Lorient on the 2nd October.


Calais refugee camp - French President Francois Hollande has announced that as many as 9,000 people could be moved from the Calais refugee camp to reception centres across France in the coming weeks. On a visit to one of France’s 164 such centres in the town of Tours on Saturday, the president confirmed plans to shut down the Calais camp, where thousands of people are sleeping rough in the hope of moving on to Britain. He said conditions there were not acceptable, especially for people fleeing war. The reception centres would hold 40 to 50 people each for up to four months while their cases were examined.

Easymile - French tech firm Easymile has carried out a test of its electric-powered driverless minibus on the pedestrian road under Pont Neuf along the river Seine in Paris. Easymile has teamed up with the French capital’s transport authority to run the EZ10 minibus. The vehicle is able to travel at 25 kilometres per hour and carry up to 12 passengers it has already been tested on closed circuits in Japan, Singapore and California and in a road test in Helsinki.


The former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund has said that a slowdown in China is the greatest threat to the global economy. In an interview with the BBC,Ken Rogoff said that a calamitous “hard landing” for China could not be ruled out. He said that the country is going through a big political revolution and that the economy “is slowing down much more than the official figures suggest”. Mr Rogoff also pointed to China’s debt problem which he said had been made worse by “credit fuelled growth”. Last week,the Bank of International Settlements said that China’s debt to GDP ratio stood at 30.1 percent,increasing fears that the country’s economic boom was based on an ubstable credit bubble. Opec is reported to be ready to make another attempt to reverse falling oil prices. Ministers from the cartel are set to meet in Algiers on Wednesday on the sidelines of an energy conference. The Algerian Oil Minister says that an output cut or freeze will be on the agenda and that the meeting will not break up without some sort of an agreement. Oil prices have collapsed from a peak of more than 100 dollars a barrel in mid 2014 to just 30 dollars a barrel in January of this year. The slump has been causing problems for countries that rely heavily on  revenues from oil exports.

And-A survey by the accounting firm KPMG has found that the UK’s vote to leave the EU has resulted in more than three-quarters of chief executive officers saying that they would consider moving their headquarters or operations outside Britain. Around 72 percent of the CEO’s surveyed say that they voted ‘remain’ in the referendum  with 76 percent saying that they’re considering ‘some sort of relocation’. KPMG says that the survey shows that more than half of business leaders believe that the UK’s ability to do business will be disrupted post Brexit and they’re planning different scenarios to hedge against future disruption.



Golf-The 7 time Major winner Arnold Palmer has died at the age of 87. Palmer is widely considered to have been one of the world’s greatest players and won 90 tournaments in a long career peaking in the 1960’s. He helped to promote the sport into the television age and gathered thousands of fans around the world who became known as ‘Arnie’s Army’. Palmer died in hospital in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where he’s been undergoing heart tests. Rory McIlroy has won the FedEx Cup after winning a three way playoff in the season ending Tour Championship. McIlroy rolled in a birdie from 15 feet to edge out Ryan Moore at the 4th extra hole after he’d ended his final round on 12 under par alongside Moore and Kevin Chappell. The world number 3’s victory was enough to see him beat Dustin Johnson to the 10 million dollar FedEx Cup prize and will be a major confidence booster ahead of the start of the Ryder Cup.

Football-There was 1 game in the English Premier League on Sunday with West Ham’s season going from bad to worse as they were beaten 3-0 at home by Southampton. There’s 1 game tonight.Burnley play Watford. In the Scottish Premier League on Sunday-Aberdeen beat Rangers 2-1 and Hamilton and St Johnstone drew 1-1. 

Cricket-India are trying to force a victory against New Zealand on day 5 of the 1st Test in Kampur. The tourists were set 435 to win the match and had struggled to 108-4 in their second innings earlier this morning.

Rugby Union-There was 1 game in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday.Bath lost for the first time this season going down 34-14 at Leicester.

Cycling-Sir Bradley Wiggins has said that he was not trying to gain an “unfair advantage” after being allowed to use a banned steroid before major races. The former Tour de France and Olympic champion said that he took a powerful anti-inflammatory drug for allergies and respiratory problems adding that he had sought therapeutic use exemptions or TUEs to “put himself back on a level playing field”. TUEs allow the use of banned substances if an athlete has genuine medical need. The treatments prescribed to Wiggins were approved by British cycling authorities as well as the sport’s world governing body the UCI.


Mainly fine with light south easterly winds.

Top temperatures 24-26 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees on the coast and 14 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Fine and sunny with highs of 24-26 degrees.



British women can now select a sperm donor to father their child by using a mobile app, believed to be the first service of its kind in the world.

Dubbed the “order a daddy” app it allows women to browse for potential fathers by choosing a donor with desired physical characteristics such as hair and eye colour or height. They can also filter applicants by educational level and occupation. A payment of 950 pounds made via the app is required for a donor’s sperm sample which is then delivered to the fertility clinic where the woman is being treated.