French News Tuesday 13th September 2016


Earthquake - The Italian town of Amatrice which was devastated by last month's deadly earthquake, is suing French weekly Charlie Hebdo for defamation over a series of cartoons about the disaster. The satirical magazine caused an outcry in Italy by publishing three pasta-themed cartoons on the subject of the quake, including one portraying victims crushed under layers of lasagna. Published only days after the quake struck on 24 August and killed nearly 300 people, the cartoons prompted the Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano to say he knew where the authors "could stick their pencils". The French publication responded with a follow-up cartoon showing a woman crushed under ruins and the caption: "It is not Charlie Hebdo who builds your houses, it is the mafia." There was no immediate response from the French publication to the suit.

Burkini - The Burkini swimsuit is reportedly still forbidden on the beaches of Cagnes-sur-Mer and Golfe Juan. Five arrests were made on the French Riviera and are still in the hands of the courts.The Nice Administrative Court decided that in both Golfe- Juan and Cagnes- sur-Mer there had been disturbances to public order and therefore the arrests made were justified. The League of Human Rights has decided to bring the matter before the State Council.

Mobile phone network - A technical problem with mobile phone provider SFR caused chaos for users in Nice last night. Shortly after 6.30pm the whole network went done for at least 2 hours. The cause of the incident is not yet clear.


Stabbing - A high school student has been stabbed by a fellow student in Villefranche sur Saône. The incident happened on Monday at the  Louis-Armand high school in Villefranche sur saône near Lyon. The attack reportedly took place shortly after 4.30pm on the school premises in front of the school gates. The attacker was immediately arrested. The motive for the attack is still to be determined.

Dalai Lama - The Dalai Lama arrived in France on Monday for a six-day visit that will take him to the European Parliament and Paris. The visit, his first in five years, will be spent largely in Strasbourg. The Tibetan spiritual leader, 81, will not meet French President Francois Hollande or any member of the government. Official receptions for the Dalai Lama on overseas trips from his exile in India have increasingly vexed the Chinese government.


A Federal Reserve board member has said that there’s no rush to increase interest rates. Speaking on Monday,Lael Brainard who’s a member of the Fed’s Open Market Committee said that “economic weakness counsels prudence”.She’s consistently voted against an increase in rates over recent months and says that there’s a risk that higher interest rates will damage the fragile US economy. Several other Fed members have said recently that there’s a case for higher interest rates. The Fed will announce its latest decision on interest rates next week. Hewlett Packard is to take over Samsung’s printer business. HP says that the move will help it to “disrupt and reinvent” the copier industry which it says hasn’t “innovated in decades”. The deal will give HP a big printing presence in Asia as well as Samsung’s laser printing technology and patents. Last year,Hewlett-Packard split into two firms-HP inc which focuses on printers and computers and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise which sold its software business to focus on data storage.

And-A report by Oxfam says that the UK is one of the most unequal countries in the world with the richest 1 percent of the population owning more than 20 times the wealth of the poorest fifth. The analysis found that around 634,000 Britons were worth 20 times as much as the poorest 13 million people. Oxfam has urged the British government to close the gap between  the “haves” and “have-nots” and says that many people in the UK feel locked out of politics and economic opportunity.


Athletics-China still leads the way after day 5 of the Paralympic Games in Rio. The Chinese team has so far won 118 medals including 50 golds with Team GB in second place with 28 gold medals in a total of 63 and Ukraine in third place with 61 medals including 22 golds. There were three more gold medals in the pool for Team GB on Monday with Sascha Kindred,Ellie Simmonds and Susie Rodgers all winning their respective events.

Football-Romelu Lukaku scored an 11 minute hat-trick against Sunderland last night to preserve Everton’s unbeaten start to the season and leave the Black Cats and manager David Moyes without a win. Everton are up to third place in the English Premier League on the back of the win with Sunderland second from bottom. The group phase of the European Champions League gets into action tonight with 6 games in groups B,C and D. In Group B,Benfica play Besikstas and PSG host Arsenal while in Group C it’s Barcelona against Celtic and Manchester City against Borussia Monchengladbach. In Group D,Bayern Munich play Rostov and PSV play Athletico Madrid. There’s a full programme in the English Championship tonight too.We’ll bring you the results from those games tomorrow morning.

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton says that he expects Mercedes to come under pressure in Singapore this weekend. Red Bull and Ferrari are expected to make a strong challenge and Hamilton says that “it’s not going to be an easy-breezy drive”. Mercedes struggled in Singapore last year but have dominated since although they’re still expecting one of the closest races of the season this weekend.

Golf-The US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has selected Rickie Fowler,Matt Kuchar and JB Holmes as his first 3 wild card picks for the tournament. The decision looks like Bubba Watson will miss out although there is one more pick to come which will be made just a few days before the Cup gets underway at the end of the month.


Partially cloudy in coastal areas,thunderstorms in the mountains with light to moderate south-easterly or variable winds. Top temperatures 28-30 degrees Celsius. Partially cloudy skies tonight with lows of 23 degrees on the coast and 19 degrees inland.

Wednesday and Thursday-Showers and thunderstorms developing across the region by late tomorrow afternoon.Rain to start on Thursday but clearing later.