French News Wednesday 28th September 2016


Cannabis - Nine kilos of cannabis has been seized by police in an apartment in La Seyne near Toulon in the Var. Police have reported that it is the largest seizure in the city so far this year.

Floods - A year almost to the day after the devastating floods which ravaged the region on the 3rd October, several businesses in Cannes are still suffering the consequences. Boulevard de la République in Cannes where the flood was particularly violent has since seen many businesses close. An association of traders in the town has blamed both insurance companies and public authorities.

Formula E - Prince Albert of Monaco has been test driving the new car of  the Venturi Formula E team in the private gardens of the Palace here in Monaco ahead of the first round of the Formula E third season. The Formula E starts on October 9th in Hong Kong and will run until July 2017 with stops in Monaco and Paris in May.

Nice Airport - Nice International Airport has announced Transylvania as a new destination. As of the 10th April there will be two weekly flights from Nice to the heart of Romania.

Braderie Old Nice - The first braderie of old Nice starts today, your chance to find a bargain. Traders in the old town are taking part in the event which will run until Sunday. 


Nicolas Sarkozy - A new book by a former Elysée Palace advisor threatens to tarnish Nicolas Sarkozy’s image. Patrick Buisson, Sarkozy’s controversial and now estranged former adviser recalls the years in which the pair worked alongside each other at the Elysée.  The publication comes at a delicate time as the conservative politician seeks to reclaim France’s highest office in the presidential elections next year.

Charles X - An association of historians, royalists and descendants have launched a campaign to have Charles X’s remains returned from a monastery in Slovenia to be buried with other French royals in Saint Denis cathedral. The last Bourbon monarch was forced into exile after three days of violent unrest known as the” Trois Glorieuses” in July 1830. Charles X never saw France again, he died after contracting cholera in the resort of Gorizia where he was on holiday.


The chief executive of the US banking giant Wells Fargo is to forfeit 41 million dollars in bonuses as the bank attempts to stem a scandal over its sales practices. John Stumpf will not receive a salary during the bank’s enquiry into how more than 2 million credit card and deposit accounts were opened without customers’ approval. The announcement comes ahead of Mr Stumpf’s appearance before a US House Financial Services Committee tomorrow where he’s expected to face tough questioning. Earlier this month,Wells Fargo was fined 185 million dollars and accused of “widespread illegal practices” by regulators.

Royal Bank of Scotland is to pay 1.1 billion dollars to settle claims that it mis-sold toxic mortgage securities in the US in the run-up to the financial crisis. RBS,which is backed by the British government sold the securities to two credit unions in the US which failed after the housing bubble burst in 2008. RBS,which hasn’t admitted fault says that the payment is covered by “existing provisions”. The bank’s chief executive Ross McEwan said on Tuesday that RBS is working to resolve outstanding claims but that this could create “additional conduct provisions and noise”over the coming months.

And-The World Trade Organisation has cut its global trade growth forecast for the year by more than a third. The new figure is 1.7 percent-down from a previous estimate of 2.8 percent made in April. The WTO says that the downturn reflects the slowdown in countries such as China and Brazil and lower levels of imports into the US.


Football-The England manager Sam Allardyce has left his position by “mutual consent” following newspaper allegations that he offered advice on how to “get around” rules on player transfers. The 61 year old leaves what he described as his “dream job” after only 1 match and 67 days in charge and has caused the English Football Association huge embarrassment and the tricky task of appointing a new manager in the middle of a World Cup qualifying campaign. In the European Champions League last night-In Group E Spurs picked up maximum points with a 1-0 win at CSKA but Monaco could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Bayer Leverkusen. In Group F Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid drew 2 all while Sporting beat Legia Warsaw 2-0. In Group G FC Copenhagen beat Club Brugge 4-0 while Leicester City made it two wins from two with a 1-0 win over Porto and in Group H Juventus were 4-0 winners at Dinamo Zagreb and Lyon were 1-0 winners at Sevilla.

There are 8 more games tonight. In Group A Arsenal play Basel and Ludo play PSG. In Group B Besiktas meet Dynamo Kiev and Napoli play Benfica. Group C pairs Borussia Munchengladbach against Barcelona while Celtic host Manchester City and in Group D it’s Athletico Madrid against Bayern Munich and Rostov against PSV.

There was practically a full programme in the English Championship last night. The leaders Huddersfield beat Rotherham 2-1 with Norwich,who didn’t play slipping to second.Third placed Brighton could only manage a 0-0 draw at Ipswich. In the other results-Barnsley and Aston Villa drew 1-1.Birmingham and Preston drew 2-2.Blackburn lost 1-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday.Brentford beat Reading 4-1.Bristol City beat Leeds 1-0.Burton and QPR drew 1-1.Derby were 2- winners at Cardiff.Nottingham Forest and Fulham drew 1-1 and Wigan beat Wolves 2-1.

Rugby Union-The head of the English RFU says that English coaches need to gain international experience if they’re to replace Eddie Jones after his contract ends in 2019. Ian Richie says that if an English coach is to be appointed then they’ll have to prove that they have the international experience necessary. He said that it wouldn’t be easy but they’re “working on it”.

Golf-The build-up is continuing for the Ryder Cup which gets underway at Hazeltine,Minnesota on Friday. The USA are looking for their first success since 2008 and there’s huge pressure on the American team to succeed. The USA are favourites heading into the opening round although the European team under Darren Clarke are said to be confident that they can pull off a 4th consecutive victory.


Clear skies with light variable winds. Top temperatures 24-26 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees on the coast and 14 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Fine and sunny with highs of 23-25 degrees.