French News Thursday 15th September 2016


Cruise Ship Tragedy – A prosecutor has said that human error was probably to blame for the death of a Filipino crewman on the world's biggest cruise liner the Harmony of the Seas. The 42-year-old electrical engineer was killed on Tuesday when a lifeboat became detached from the liner during a safety drill, sending it plunging 10 metres into the water while the ship was docked in the French port of Marseille. The investigation had so far found no sign of "faulty equipment". Investigators are now examining whether mistakes were made in the use of the lifeboat.

Meteo France – Meteo France has lifted the servere weather warning which had been put in place for the PACA region at midday on Wednesday. The region saw an intense stormy passage overnight which according to Meteo France would be over by this morning.

July 14th - Mystery is still surrounding the profile of terrorist Mohammed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel who killed 86 people in Nice on July 14th. According to reports a direct link between the killer and the IS has not yet been clearly established. Six people who were in contact with Bouhlel are still under investigation. Enquiries  continue.

Promenade – Christian Estrosi has outlined plans for new security features on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, they include extending the palm tree partition, separating pedestrians and traffic and adding security cameras which capture licence plate numbers.

Accident - An accident on the A8 motorway caused long delays yesterday for motorists. The incident happened shortly after 5.30pm on the westbound side of the motorway causing an 8 kilometre tailback.

Cannes Yachting Festival - This year’s Cannes Yachting Festival has cemented its position as the leader in innovation and product launches. This year the show welcomed 630 boats, boasting 191 new models, more than any other show of its type.


Flights – France’s DGAC civil aviation authority has said that Airlines have been ordered to cancel 15 percent of their Paris flights scheduled for Thursday as air traffic controllers join a national public sector strike. Airlines have been asked to cut their flights to and from Paris-Charles de Gualle, Orly and Beauvais airports on September 15th. The DGAC said disruptions were also expected at airports elsewhere in France. Air France, the country’s national carrier, said in a statement the strike would have a “limited” impact on its services.


Bayer’s 66 billion dollar takeover of Monsanto is set to attract keen interest from competition regulators. The merger,which was announced on Wednesday is fuelling concern over reduced competition in the seeds and pesticide market which is worth more than 100 billion dollars annually worldwide. The United States Senate Judiciary Committee has called a hearing for next Tuesday to scrutinise the recent wave of consolidation in the agriculture industry.Farmers are concerned that seed and pesticide costs are increasing while grain prices are at their lowest levels in years. Monsanto shares were little changed on news of the deal reflecting investors uncertainty about intervention from regulators.Bayer has agreed to pay Monsanto a 2 billion dollar breakup fee if the deal is blocked. There’s more bad news for Airbus today following the decision by Singapore Airlines not to keep the first A380 Super Jumbo that it had leased. Singapore Airlines was the launch customer for the double-decker jet back in 2007 but it’s decided not to renew the 10 year lease on the plane when it expires next year. The development comes after Airbus halved its delivery target  for the A380 raising concerns that it could slip back into making a loss on the plane. Aviation experts say that large passenger jets such as the A380 and Boeing’s 747 series have fallen out of favour with airlines who find smaller jets more profitable,easier to fill and cheaper to operate.

And-British Airways and Ryanair say that they’ve been forced to cancel a number of flights to French destinations today because of industrial action by French air traffic controllers. Aer Lingus has also cancelled flights with passengers being advised to check before setting off for the airport. It’s the 14th time this year that French air traffic controllers have taken strike action. Ryanair is calling on the European Commission to take action to prevent the strikes affecting operations. British Airways has offered passengers due to fly to or from France today the opportunity to rebook.


Football-It was a mixed night for the English teams playing in the European Champions League last night. Spurs lost their opening Group E game at Wembley Stadium 2-1 to Monaco with the other match in the group ending Bayer Leverkuesen 2 CSKA 2. The English Champions Leicester City got off to a winning start though with an emphatic 3-0 away Victory at Brugges with the other game ending Porto 1 Copenhagen 1. Manchester City put 4 past Borussia Munchengladbach in the delayed Group C game and in last night’s other games Borussia Dortmund thrashed Legia Warsaw 6-0 in Group F and Real Madrid beat Sporting 2-1 at the Bernabeau. In Group H Juventus drew 0-0 at home to Sevilla and Lyon beat Dinamo Zagreb 3-0. There were two games in the English Championship last night.Aston Villa drew 1-1 with Brentford and Rotherham and Nottingham Forest drew 2-2.

Ahtletics-China still leads the medals table at the Paralympic Games in Rio with 75 golds in a total of 172. Team GB is still second with 43 golds in a total of 95 with Ukraine in third place with 31 gold medals in  a total of 81. On day 7 of the games there were 9 gold medals for team GB including more success for Dame Sarah Storey in the C5 cycling time trial. Meanwhile the former Formula 1 star Alex Zanardi won gold in the hand cycling event 15 years after the crash that resulted in him losing his legs. The 49 year old finished first in the H5 road time trial and afterwards said that he felt very lucky and that his life was a never-ending privilege.

Formula 1-The former president of the FIA Max Mosely says that Bernie Ecclestone will “walk away”if the new owners Liberty Media interfere with his running of the sport. Mosely says that Liberty “needs” Bernie to learn about its new acquisition but that they may want to play an active role and that could lead to confrontation. He added that there had to be a succession plan for Formula 1 unless Bernie is “immortal” which he said that he doubted.

Cricket-The former England batsman Graeme Hick has signed a 4 year contract to become Australia’s batting coach. Hick has already been employed down under as Australia’s high performance coach but will now take a central role in the run up to Australia’s Test series against South Africa in November.


Clearing skies but with the risk of some showers this afternoon.

Light to moderate south westerly winds and a high of 27 degrees Celsius.

Partially cloudy skies tonight with the chance of some showers inland in the Var and a low of 20 degrees on the coast and 16 degrees inland.

Friday and the start of the weekend-More rain and thunderstorms tomorrow.Fine on Saturday.