French News Tuesday 16th August 2016


Juan Les Pins - Following the incident in Juan Les Pin where a reported 70 people suffered minor injuries after an outbreak of panic amongst holiday-makers and locals on Sunday evening the city of Antibes has decided to file a legal complaint. Police have launched an investigation to determine the series of events which led to an outbreak of panic reportedly due to firecrackers being let off shortly after 10.30pm on Sunday.

Security - There was an important police presence at the firework display in Menton on Monday evening as the mayor agreed to go ahead with the event, one month after the Nice attack. The evening was dedicated to the victims of the Nice attack.

Burkini - A third French mayor has banned the burkini swimming costume after clashes on a Corsican beach this weekend that left five people injured and three cars burnt. The violence was followed by a demonstration in the city of Bastia, during which some protesters marched on a district with many north African residents. Following the example of the Riviera resorts of Cannes and Villeneuve-Loubet, Sisco mayor Pierre-Ange Vivoni has forbidden women to wear the all-covering swimsuit on his village's beaches. The ban follows a brawl on a beach on Saturday, which was broken up by 100 police officers, and tense scenes in nearby Bastia the following day.

Forest Fire - Access to forest land in the Var has been restricted today due to the high risk of fire in the area. The Var Prefecture has put a map online at showing areas where the access is limited or partially restricted.


French President - French President François Hollande will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican this week, following the jihadist murder of a French priest. Thousands of Catholics on Monday prayed for peace in the pilgrimage centre of Lourdes, while bishops appealed to the faithful to pray for France across the country on the Feast of the Assumption.

Chinese community - Chinese resident of a town on the outskirts of Paris are demanding protection from what they believe are racist attacks, following the death of a man killed by muggers. Members of the Chinese community in Aubervilliers, north-east of Paris, held a memorial Sunday for Zhang Chaolin, a 49-year-old textile designer who died on Friday after five days in a coma. At least 500 people gathered outside the council offices to pay tribute to Zhang and protest at a recent wave of violence they say is being directed at them.


Elderly Germans may have to keep working until the age of 69 if a Bundesbank proposal is adopted. It says Berlin should consider raising the retirement age to that level by 2060, from around 65 at the moment. The central bank says that otherwise the country may struggle to honour its pension commitments. It points out that the state pension system is in good financial health at present, but will come under pressure in coming decades.

And - Workers at Sports Direct's Derbyshire base will receive back-pay of about £1m for non-payment of the minimum wage, according to the Unite union. The distribution centre in Shirebrook has been under scrutiny over its 'Victorian' working practices. Unite said the payments, back-dated to May 2012, could be worth up to £1,000 for some workers.


Football - Diego Costa's late strike gave Antonio Conte a dramatic winning start as Chelsea manager as his side secured a season-opening victory over West Ham.

Rio Olympics - British horse rider Charlotte Dujardin has won an Olympic gold medal for Team GB in the individual dressage - and received a marriage proposal at the same time. The Briton scored 93.857% in the event, four points more than her nearest rival. Her win makes her the first British woman to retain an individual Olympic title after she struck gold in London in 2012.

Summary of the medal table the United States is first with 75 medals, Great Britain has slipped back to third with 41 medals and China has regained second position with 46 medals.


Clear skies and beautiful sunshine today with highs of 28 degrees along the coast and 31 degrees inland. Light south westerly wind and temperatures going down to 22 degrees this evening. Outlook for tomorrow fine and sunny, highs of 30 degrees.