Around the globe this week the headlines have all been about the latest episode of the Star Wars collection ‘The Force Awakens’.
Well, here in France, star-studded Clermont Auvergne showed they had themselves awoken from their European Champions Cup slumber, ruthlessly dispatching of visiting Exeter Chiefs at the Stade Marcel Michelin.
Having had their noses blooded by Devon’s finest just the week previous, the Top 14 outfit underlined their European credentials with a simply mouth-watering display that yielded five tries.
Although the Rugby World Cup won’t always be on, and it won’t always be hosted in England, meaning there won’t always be an Exeter fan zone, watching a game from the fan zone was a great way to start getting involved in the city.
I chose to head down for the Ireland Vs France game – primarily because my boyfriend is from Belfast and he was dying to go, but also because it was set to be a good game. More importantly, the weather was perfect. One of those crisp autumn days that’s cold enough to feel a hint of Christmas but it was still comfortable.
Those travelling to France between now and Monday 30 June may be left disappointed, with Flybe cancelling some flights due to strikes taking place in the country.
Flybe reported, via their website, that French Unions have called for an official six-day strike scheduled to take place in France between 0400 (French local time) on June 24 and 0400 (French local time) on June 30, 2014.
Flybe have been requested, by the French aviation authorities, to reduce their flying programme. This means a number of flight cancellations to the country are to be expected.
Two friends are taking on the challenge of cycling from Exeter to Paris (via Roscoff) to raise funds for local charity Hospiscare. Leif Tarry and Dave Clift will set off from the hospice in Dryden Road tomorrow (Friday 16 May) on the start their 525 mile challenge.
Dave and Leif have calculated that the challenge will take roughly a week to complete; this is if they stick to their 75 miles a day.
An Anglo-French partnership of academic, government, industry and environmental organisations are working together to influence future policy decisions affecting the world’s busiest waterway. The English Channel is used daily by more than 500 shipping vessels, while millions of people live on its shores in Southern England and Northern France, and it is used widely for industry, environmental and leisure purposes.