Evening Update Friday 28 October 2022

President Macron has announced a new plan aimed at curbing forest fires. During a meeting today with civil security representatives at the Elysees, he said that the French government will provide an additional 150 million euros to the departmental fire and rescue services to enable the recruitment of additional personnel and the purchase of equipment. President Macron also announced that France's twelve existing Canadair water bombing planes will be replaced and the total number expanded to sixteen. Two helicopters will also be acquired. A special weather forecast is also going to be produced for forest areas. The president announced a plan to plant one billion additional trees in France within ten years.

Meteo France have said that the month of October promises to be the hottest recorded in France since the beginning of measurements in 1945, after an already extreme summer. With an average temperature which should be close to or even higher than 17 degrees, which is 3 to 4 degrees above normal, over the whole month, October is expected to be much warmer than October 2001 which held the previous record.

The Monaco government has announced that a change has been agreed to minimum wage levels with representatives involved in the hotel and hospitality sector in the Principality. It said that the agreement comes at the end of several months of constructive exchanges.

The Mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard has been in touch with French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin regarding the assignment of national police officers dedicated to judicial investigations at the Cannes Police Station. The mayor sent a letter earlier this week alerting the Minister to the difficulties he said are encountered by the Cannes Police Station in carrying out their judicial investigation operations.

The Var Prefecture has said that from next Wednesday, November 2, the social units of the department will take over from the one-stop shop for the reception of Ukrainian nationals. There will therefore be no more reception of Ukranian refugees in the prefecture except for the issuance of a temporary residence permit. The prefecture said that the one-stop shop managed by the association for aid to victims of the Var has made it possible to receive more than 3,000 people in an emergency situation, to dispense first aid, to provide materials, to find accommodation solutions, to help with regularization and to be able to benefit from social measures. However, the flow of newcomers has now greatly diminished and the system is no longer adapted to social and local demands.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has announced the creation of a unit of 15 investigators specifically responsible for investigating abuse of animals. He said that there had been a sharp increase in the number of animal abuse cases, with 12,000 i