Evening Update Friday 12 June 2020

A fire broke out on board a nuclear submarine in Toulon this morning. The Maritime Prefecture said that the submarine is currently undergoing maintenance in the port with no weapons or nuclear fuel on board. White smoke could be seen coming from the area of the submarine, which the Maritime Prefecture said was not radiactive and reminded the public that France has beacons throughout the country capable of detecting any radioactivity anomaly. Early this evening firefighters were still involved in extinguishing the fire. The Maritime Prefecture said that the blaze was being tackled by a co-ordinated operation involving Navy firefighters and SDIS 83 personnel. It added that specialized reinforcements from Marseille had been brought in, including thirty firefighters and 11 specialized disaster response vehicles on board ships.

A decree has been published today recognizing a state of natural disaster for 31 municipalities in the Alpes-Maritimes which were affected by floods and landslides during heavy rainfall on 23 and 24 November and 1 December last year. David Lisnard, the Mayor of Cannes, who has campaigned for recognition of a state of natural disaster for local municipalities described the publication of the decree as "very good news for the victims". Victims in the localities mentioned in the decree have ten days from today, June 12, to declare their claim to their insurance company and establish a precise list of the damage suffered and any lost or damaged goods.

There was serious disruption to traffic on the A8 motorway this morning after a truck caught fire. Firefighters from Cannes and Mougins brought the blaze under control near Junction 42 in the direction of Nice. The motorway was fully reopened to traffic at about 10am. The driver managed to leave the vehicle quickly and wasn't injured.

A man has died from gunshot wounds at the Court of Appeal building in Nimes this morning. It's thought that he may have taken his own life. The building was evacuated and no further injuries have been reported.

The SNCF is planning a large sale of tickets for local TER trains. Two million tickets will be put on sale from 22 June ranging in price from 1 euro to 10 euros. The SNCF and local TER operators announced a range of intiatives this morning aimed at encouraging people to use local trains this summer. A special pass will be available enabling young people aged between 12 and 25 to travel freely thouroughout the TER network in July and August for a flat fee of 29 euros per month. Holders of annual TER train passes will be able to use the TER trains in other regions free of charge in July and August.

Air France has announced that it will serve nearly 150 destinations this summer amounting to 80% of its regular network destinations. The airline has revealed a list of regional fl