Evening Update Friday 14th October 2022

A cyclist is in a critical condition in hospital after being run down by a truck driver in a hit-and-run in Le Muy last night. Other drivers spotted the cyclist unconscious by the side of the road towards Fréjus. The truck driver failed to stop at the scene. The victim was airlifted to Le Bonnet hospital in Fréjus. An investigation is under way.

The mayor of Peille has asked the Paca region to suspend a school bus driver accused of driving dangerously while pupils were on board his coach. According to various eyewitness reports, the school bus performed a dangerous manoeuvre in the municipality yesterday, overtaking a truck at speed on the approach to a blind corner. The bus was transporting pupils to L'Escarène secondary school. Peille mayor Cyril Piazza said several local residents had contacted him to express their shock at what they had seen. He said the safety of our children is essential and a zero-tolerance approach should be the rule.

Nice city council has approved the demolition of the Acropolis convention centre in the centre of town. Demolition works will begin in 2023. It'll make way for an extension of the green corridor running along the path of the Paillon river. The Palais de Congrès was described by Nice mayor Christian Estrosi as a concrete eyesore dating from the 1980s, which was energy-inefficient and a major obstacle for rainwater runoff which could present a flood risk. The city of Nice says no jobs will be at risk.

Nearly 500 people attended a rally in Nice on Thursday evening in support of Iranian women, following the killing of Mahsa Amini by morality police. Several members of Nice city council took a break from their meeting to take part, alongside representatives from various women's rights associations. The rally outside the Palais de Justice included chants of "Woman, Life, Freedom" and Iranian songs.

Fuel depot workers at the Esso-ExxonMobil refinery in Fos-sur-Mer have agreed to call off their strike, which had paralysed the site since late September. Management at the site and the CGT union announced an agreement had been reached. However, the CGT is continuing its strike at five other refineries run by TotalEnergies.

Meanwhile, there might be a fuel shortage at many petrol stations on the Riviera - but there was no shortage of fuel in one part of the Var this morning. A tanker carrying 30,000 litres of diesel overturned between Flassans and Le Luc - 7,000 litres of which ended up on the road. The area was cordoned off and drivers were diverted while the cleanup operation got under way.

Police in Antibes have arrested a man for piracy after he was reportedly caught videoing a film screening at a local cinema. Managers at several cinemas on the Riviera - in Nice, Antibes, Cannes and Cagne