French Riviera local news

French Riviera local news | From 27/10 to 02/11/19

Evening Update Friday 1 November

Two people were stabbed in separate incidents in Nice last night Evening Update Friday 1 November Read More

01/11/2019

Two hotels in the region classified as “palaces”

The Château de Saint-Martin and Spa in Vence and the hotel Le Cheval Blanc in Saint-Tropez have joined the very exclusive club of palaces, a distinction given to 31 luxury establishments in France. Two hotels in the region classified as “palaces” Read More

01/11/2019

Fire at Saint Claude school in Antibes

A fire has broken out at a school in Antibes. Firefighters were called to Saint Claude primary school at 8.30pm on Thursday evening. Fire at Saint Claude school in Antibes Read More

01/11/2019

Fatal road accident

A motorcyclist has been killed in a road accident in Grasse. The accident occurred on Thursday at 9.30pm on Avenue Victoria which connects Grasse to Chateauneuf. Fatal road accident Read More

01/11/2019

Tobacco free month

Smokers in France are being encouraged to stop smoking for the “tobacco free month” of November. For a fourth consecutive year French smokers are invited to get help and encourage each other to stop smoking. Tobacco free month Read More

01/11/2019

Monaco decriminalizes abortion

Monaco’s National Council has voted unanimously a bill eliminating the penalties incurred by pregnant women in the case of an abortion. Monaco decriminalizes abortion Read More

01/11/2019

Facial reconstruction for Hope the donkey

A donkey from Normandy who had suffered injuries to its face has had a facial reconstruction operation Facial reconstruction for Hope the donkey Read More

01/11/2019

Survey finds SNCF strike action unjustified by 57% of French people

A survey published on Thursday has shown that nearly six out of ten French people (57%) believe that the strike movement at the SNCF planned from the 5th December is unjustified.  Survey finds SNCF strike action unjustified by 57% of French people Read More

01/11/2019

Shooting in a bar in Marseille

Five people have been injured during a shooting in a bar in Marseille. Shots were fired around 8.30pm on Thursday. One person was seriously injured. Shooting in a bar in Marseille Read More

01/11/2019

French and Riviera News Friday 1st November 2019

Nice has experienced chaos on the roads following heavy rain which fell in both the Var the and Alpes Maritimes on Thursday late afternoon. French and Riviera News Friday 1st November 2019 Read More

01/11/2019

Evening Update Thursday 31 October

Meteo France have a Yellow weather warning in place for rain and flooding and storms for the Alpes Maritimes and the Var until 9.00 this evening Evening Update Thursday 31 October Read More

31/10/2019

The “Volume” popular music venue in Nice takes legal action

The popular music venue the “Volume” in Nice is under threat as hopes to reinstate it “fade” according to the organisers. The “Volume” closed its doors in 2014 after the city council decided to relocate the venue to new premises on Place Garibaldi.  The “Volume” popular music venue in Nice takes legal action Read More

31/10/2019

Delivery drivers speak out against new restrictions

New parking restrictions in Nice have been criticized by several local companies. The new regulations introduced by the city council in August concerning delivery drivers saw new times imposed Delivery drivers speak out against new restrictions Read More

31/10/2019

Pollution in Cagnes

No trace of pollution has been detected after test were carried out to check for a pollution risk at a treatment plant in Cagnes on Sunday. Pollution in Cagnes Read More

31/10/2019

Energy check scam

Authorities have warned of a current scam circulating in our region concerning insulation work.  Energy check scam Read More

31/10/2019

New York City plans to ban Foie Gras

New York City Council has voted in favour of banning the marketing of foie gras from 2022. From the end of October 2022, three years after the adoption of the law, it will be forbidden for any establishment that sells food to sell, serve or even stock foie gras New York City plans to ban Foie Gras Read More

31/10/2019

Weather warning for the Var

Météo France has this morning placed the Var region on a yellow weather alert with heavy rain expected by late morning. Weather warning for the Var Read More

31/10/2019

Road accident in Toulon

Two people have been hospitalised following a road accident in Toulon this morning. The tunnel in Toulon was closed shortly after 8am following the incident which occurred at the entrance to the tunnel this morning westbound involving five cars and a lorry. Road accident in Toulon Read More

31/10/2019

Therapeutic cannabis

The green light has been given for the use of cannabis for medical purposes at the Timone hospital in Marseille and clinical tests are already being carried out. Therapeutic cannabis Read More

31/10/2019

French and Riviera News Thursday 31st October 2019

The prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes has announced in a statement several measures introduced to "prevent any disturbance to public order and tranquility" during Halloween celebrations. French and Riviera News Thursday 31st October 2019 Read More

31/10/2019

Evening Update Wednesday 30 October

A third case of the Zika virus has been identified in Hyères Evening Update Wednesday 30 October Read More

30/10/2019

Changes to unemployment benefits as of Friday 1st November

New measures which are part of the reform to unemployment benefits in France will come into effect on Friday November 1st. Here are the following changes reported. Changes to unemployment benefits as of Friday 1st November  Read More

30/10/2019

Head of SNCF confirms no payment for strike days

The head of France’s train network the SNCF Guillaume Pepy, has confirmed that even though the conflict with unions continues employees will not be paid during strike action. Head of SNCF confirms no payment for strike days Read More

30/10/2019

French Senator compares mothers wearing veils to “Halloween witches”

French Senator Jean Louis Masson has received heavy criticism following his comments in which he compared mothers wearing veils to “Halloween witches”. French Senator compares mothers wearing veils to “Halloween witches” Read More

30/10/2019

Fight to help the homeless

French Minister Julien Denormandie has announced that the government plans to open an additional 14,000 temporary places for the homeless. Fight to help the homeless Read More

30/10/2019

Man blocks off plot of land

A local resident in Solliès Toucas near Toulon in the Var has placed blocks of concrete in the middle of the road following a dispute with the local council. Man blocks off plot of land Read More

30/10/2019

Corsica Ferries launches mini cruises from Toulon for New Year

Corsica Ferries have announced the launch of mini cruises for New Year celebrations from Toulon. Corsica Ferries launches mini cruises from Toulon for New Year Read More

30/10/2019

Changes from November 1st

As of every 1st of the month changes will be introduced in France. From Friday 1st November there will be a drop in housing tax affecting 80% of French people, there will also be an increase in the adult disability allowance, those with a modest income will be able to benefit from a complementary universal health cover as well as reforms to unemployment benefits. Changes from November 1st Read More

30/10/2019

Accident on the A8 motorway

Traffic on the A8 motorway has suffered long delays this morning following two accidents which occurred at the same time eastbound after exit 39 at Les Adrets in the Var Accident on the A8 motorway Read More

30/10/2019

French and Riviera News Wednesday 30th October 2019

France, Germany and Italy have reached an agreement following the call launched by SOS Méditerranée in Marseille and Médecins sans Frontières to allow 104 migrants, who have been at sea since October 20th to dock in Italy. French and Riviera News Wednesday 30th October 2019 Read More

30/10/2019

Evening Update Tuesday 29 October

About 3,000 square metres of vegetation have been destroyed by fire near Draguignan this afternoon Evening Update Tuesday 29 October Read More

29/10/2019

French Rally Championship

The Hyundai Motorsport team has announced this morning the participation of Sebastien Loeb in the final of the French Rally Championship which takes place from November 21st to the 24th in Sainte-Maxime in the Var. French Rally Championship Read More

29/10/2019

Monegasque nationality

A new law is to be presented to the National council here in the Principality to increase the number of years before being able to obtain Monegasque nationality through marriage. Monegasque nationality Read More

29/10/2019

National anti-drug programme

Several anti-drug operations have been carried out by the police in Marseille since Wednesday with 2 million euros worth of cannabis, cocaine and MDMA being seized. In addition, the police discovered 10 grenades, three assault rifles, two shotguns and ammunition. National anti-drug programme Read More

29/10/2019

Greenpeace

Greenpeace activists have this morning blocked the entrance to a refinery near Marseille where oil giant Total uses controversial palm oil to produce biofuel. Environmentalists say palm oil drives deforestation, with vast areas of Southeast Asian rainforest having been logged or set ablaze in recent decades to make way for plantations. About 50 Greenpeace activists, wearing orange, arrived outside Total's biorefinery in La Mede near Marseille at around 6 am.  Greenpeace Read More

29/10/2019

Facial recognition device

The National Commission of Human Rights in France has deemed the use of a facial recognition device set up at two high schools in Nice and Marseille as illegal. Facial recognition device Read More

29/10/2019

SNCF

There are more disruptions on France’s rail network today in the Paris region with only 34% of trains circulating. Monday saw only three out of 10 TGV’s circulating with the Paris-Rennes, Paris-Nantes and Paris-Bordeaux being heavily affected. SNCF Read More

29/10/2019

Two children found dead

The bodies of two children aged 5 and 7 have been found by the emergency services in a house in Cavaillon in the Vaucluse. Two children found dead Read More

29/10/2019

French and Riviera News Tuesday 29th October 2019

One of three men who escaped from prison in Nice on October the 1st has been arrested by police. The 22-year-old Tunisian was one of three men who left the prison after having stolen the keys from a security guard. French and Riviera News Tuesday 29th October 2019 Read More

29/10/2019

Evening Update Monday 28 October

Fifty people were evacuated at the Pasteur 2 Hospital in Nice this morning after a fire alert Evening Update Monday 28 October Read More

28/10/2019

French and Riviera News.Monday October 28th 2019.

Manhunt-Police in the Var have launched an appeal for information about a suspected sexual predator who is believed to be operating in the areas of Draguignan, Les Arcs and Vidauban. French and Riviera News.Monday October 28th 2019. Read More

28/10/2019