French News Thursday 6th October 2016


Tribute - The Prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes has confirmed that the national day of tribute on October 14th for the victims of the Nice attack will be held on the Colline du chateau in Nice. The ceremony will be held at 11am. French President François Hollande will be present along with other foreign representatives, as well as many French politicians including Nicolas Sarkozy, Alain Juppe and Bruno Le Maire.

Corsica - Violence has broken out between Corsican nationalists and police in Bastia. Four people were reportedly injured during the clashes which took place on Wednesday evening. Violence broke out during a rally in support of three young activists who are currently on trial in Paris connected to a car bomb attack in 2012.

GP's - Recent figures have shown that there is shortage of GP’s in the Var region. Both Fréjus and Saint Raphael have reported a drop in the profession mainly due to older doctors who are retiring and a lack of suitable qualified younger medical professionals.

Saint Roch - Residents in the Saint Roch neighbourhood of Nice have demonstrated against plans to build a new housing complex of 210 apartments. People gathered on Wednesday afternoon in the area to appeal against the project.

High School - Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene have symbolically launched the site of the future high school located on Roqueville Avenue in Monaco. Prince Albert and Princess Charlene placed an engraved marble brick at the site in a ceremony led by the archbishop Bernard Barsi. The 60 million euro project funded by the Monegasque government will create a new facility which will bring together twenty college classes which are currently located on the Rock. The high school will welcome its first students in 2019.


Unemployment - A recent report has shown that the number of young people without a job and without training remains high in France compared to some of its European neighbours. The report released on Wednesday shows that in France, the rate of unemployed young people without training has not declined since 2013 and remains high at nearly 16 per cent which is almost twice that of Germany. The report states that fighting early school leaving is essential and that “governments must ensure that young people obtain at least an upper-secondary qualification so they can continue in education or gain vocational skills.”

Elections - Thousands of left-wing voters in France are considering casting ballots in November’s primary to choose the conservative presidential nominee in an effort to derail a comeback by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy. Three recent studies reveal that between 260,000 and 560,000 traditionally leftist voters may be planning to “crash” the right-wing primary in November to sway the results in favour of former prime minister and current Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé.



Activity in the US services sector hit an 11 month high in September according to official data from the Treasury Department. Reuters reports that the figures are an encouraging economic sign that may push the US Federal Reserve towards an increase rate increase before the end of the year. Traders are now pricing in a 65 percent chance of a rate hike in December. Earlier in the day the chances of a rate hike dipped slightly following the publication of data showing that the private sector hired fewer workers than expected in September. Non farm payroll numbers are released tomorrow.

The International Monetary Fund has warned that risks to financial stability are increasing. In it’s twice-yearly report,the IMF said that there are “medium-term dangers” in both emerging and developed economies. The report expressed particular concern about Europe,China and Japan. In a more positive assessment , the IMF said that short-term risks have abated since its previous report in April. Pressures on emerging markets have eased helped by rising commodity prices thus helping to reduce uncertainty about China’s prospects in the near term.

And-Shares in Twitter have fallen by 9 percent following reports that Google is shelving plans to buy the social network. Reports also suggested that Apple is losing interest in acquiring Twitter. The company has told potential suitors that it wants to conclude negotiations by the time it reports its third quarter earnings on October the 27th. Twitter has struggled to generate revenue growth and profit despite having some 313 million monthly average users and a growing presence as a source of news.


Cricket-South Africa have competed the second highest run chase in history to beat Australia by 4 wickets in Durban and clinch the 5 match one day international series. Australia batted first and made an impressive 371 for 6 from their 50 overs including 117 from David Warner. The home side got to the total in 49.2 overs making 272-6 with Miller making 118 not out. South Africa now have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series with Australia wondering what they have to do to beat them.

Football-The Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has been charged with breaking the rules relating to gambling on football matches. The 34 year old is accused by the Scottish Football Association of placing 44 bets between the 1st of July and the 15th of September this year. He has until the 12th of October to respond to the charge with a hearing set for the 27th of October. SFA disciplinary rules prevent players,coaches,club officials and referees in Scotland from betting on football anywhere in the world.

Rugby Union-The All Blacks scrum half Aaron Smith has been dropped for one game for breaking New Zealand rugby standards of behaviour. Smith was seen entering a toilet cubicle with a woman at Christchurch airport and will miss New Zealand’s Rugby Championship game against South Africa in Durban. In 2014 the player published a naked picture of himself on snapchat which was widely circulated on the internet. The All Black’s coach Steve Hanson said that he was “bitterly disappointed” by Smith’s behaviour.

Tennis-Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund will meet in the quarter finals of the China Open. Murray reached the last 8 with a straight sets win over Andrey Kuznetzov of Russia while Edmund beat Roberto Bautista Agut in three sets.

Boxing-The world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury could lose his license after admitting to taking cocaine to combat depression. Fury announced his retirement on Monday only to change his mind a few hours later. The British Boxing Board of Control says that “cocaine use is against the law and will be dealt with accordingly”. Several leading ex boxers say that Fury needs help with some warning that he’s “very close to the edge”.


Starting fine but clouding over with the chance of some scattered showers in places this afternoon. Moderate easterly winds and a high of 21 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 14 degrees on the coast and 10 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Clear skies with a high of 23 degrees.