French News Tuesday 10th October 2016


French-Italian Border - Médecins du Monde along with several other associations has formally called for France to reopen its French-Italian border. The demand comes three days after the death of a teenage migrant who was hit by a truck on the Italian motorway on Friday, while trying to walk to France to join her brothers. Aid organisations are concerned that, even if the numbers are not the same, there are about 1,200 migrants in transit in Ventimiglia and the situation could soon become similar to that in Calais.

National Tribute - It has been announced that students from the Lycée Massena in Nice will place a white rose for each victim of the Nice attack at the national tribute which is to be held on the Colline du Chateau on Friday at 11am. A verse of the Marseillaise is to be sung by the children’s choir from Nice Opera followed by a speech from the President of the Republic Francois Hollande.

Regions Roads - Figures published today have shown a drop in the number of road accidents for September in the Alpes Maritimes region by 21.1%.

Weather - Météo-France has forecast strong winds midweek and the possible first signs of snow in the region.The weather is expected to deteriorate as of today with cooler temperatures and possibility of snow in the Alpes.


Calais - Paris has demanded that Britain honour promises to take in migrant children from the notorious Jungle camp in Calais. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he would press the case at a meeting in London with Amber Rudd.The Red Cross charity accused Britain at the weekend of leaving hundreds of young children with the right to join family in Britain in limbo in Calais, where the squalid Jungle camp is soon to be dismantled.

Paddleboard - A German tourist has been picked up seven miles from the UK coastline on a stand-up paddleboard, wearing just a hat, fleece and shorts. The nature of the paddleboarder’s reason for being at sea remains unclear, with conflicting reports from witnesses and government officials.The man, an EU national who has not been named, was spotted by divers off the coast of Dover, Kent, at dawn on Sunday.


Samsung Electronics has urged the owners of Galaxy Note 7 to turn the device off while it investigates new reports of the smartphone catching fire. The firm has also announced that it’s halting all sales of the phone following two reports of the devices catching fire in the United States last week. In September,Samsung recalled 2.5 million phones following complaints of exploding batteries but later assured customers that all replaced devices were safe. The problem is seriously damaging Samsung’s reputation and is likely to severely dent profits. The billionaire investor Warren Buffett has released his tax details after Donald Trump accused him of using loopholes to avoid paying tax. Mr Buffett said that he had paid income tax in every year since 1944 in reply to Mr Trump’s statement that he had taken a “massive deduction” during Sunday night’s US Presidential debate with Hilary Clinton. Mr Buffett said that he had copies of all of his tax returns and paid 1.8 million dollars in Federal income tax last year. He added that he had given away 2.85 billion dollars to charity and suggested that Mr Trump make his own tax details public,which he has so far failed to do.

And-The UK Secretary for Exiting the European Union has told parliament that the falling pound is “good” for British exporters. In his latest statement to the House of Commons on leaving the EU,David Davis said that he could see advantages to the pound falling to a three decade low against the US dollar. He also gave indications that the UK is heading for a “hard Brexit” out of the single market and EU customs union. Mr Davis refused to listen to calls from MP’s from all parties including the ruling Conservatives for parliament to have a say in triggering article 50 of the Lisbon Convention or on the terms of the Brexit negotiations. He concluded that it is “not necessary to be a member of the single market to trade incredibly successfully in the single market” adding that “all forms of free trade are beneficial,whether it is based on mutual recognition,single legal areas or any other mechanism of free trade”.


Football-France beat the Netherlands 1-0 last night to top World Cup qualifying Group A. Paul Pogba scored the only goal of the game on 30 minutes as the Netherlands poor run of form continued. In the other Group games last night Sweden beat Bulgaria 3-0 and Belarus and Luxembourg drew 1-1. England are in action tonight-away in Slovenia in Group F while Scotland need a win away in Slovakia in the same group to keep their qualification campaign onn track.

Cricket-The former England captain Michael Vaughan says that current one day skipper Jos Buttler did not do “anything wrong” when he reacted angrily during the second one-day international against Bangladesh on Sunday. Buttler has been reprimanded for reacting to what he called a “send-off” by the Bangladesh players after his dismissal. Vaughan says that he didn’t do anything wrong and it was a “natural reaction”. Buttler and several Bangladesh players were seen approaching each other following the wicket and the umpires were forced to step in.He was also found guilty of using “obscene,offensive or insulting” language.

Golf-Tiger Woods has withdrawn from this week’s Safeway Open after saying that his game is “vulnerable”. The 40 year old had been due to make his comeback at the event but is now planning to return at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December. The 14 time major winner last competed in August 2015 since when he’s had surgery on his back twice.

Rugby Union-The England vice-captain Mike Brown has said that the three day training session the squad took part in last week was “spot on”. Three players picked up serious injuries during the get together which will keep them out of the Autumn internationals and several other returned to their clubs with minor knocks. Brown said that the intensity of the training session was necessary as international rugby is a “step up” from club rugby.He added that “it’s training and things happen”. England will start their autumn international fixtures against South Africa at Twickenham on November the 12th


Sunshine and showers with moderate easterly winds.

Top temperature 19 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 11 degrees on the coast tonight and 7 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Partially cloudy tomorrow with a high of 20 degrees.More rain and thunderstorms forecast for Thursday.