Evening Update Friday 29 July 2022

New measures to fight drought conditions have been introduced in some eastern areas of the Alpes-Maritimes until August 31. Thirteen additional municipalities have been elevated to "crisis" level. They include Breil-sur-Roya, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Sospel and Menton. The Prefecture said that the balance of the water refill season from September to March was very short in the entire department with a deficit of 40% to 60% compared to normal and is the second lowest value since 1959. The Prefecture said that breaches of the rules, which include a night and day ban on watering and a 60% reduction in industrial consumption, may result in a fine of 1,500 euros per violation. More details can be found on the prefecture's website www.alpes-maritimes.gouv.fr

Parts of the Var river have been placed on a Meteo France yellow level alert for flooding after this afternoon’s storms. They are the “Var Amont” and “Var Moyen” parts of the river. Further details can be found on www.meteofrance.com

The forest fire near Rougon in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence is over and isn't progressing according to the Prefect. However, it remains under close surveillance by firefighters on the ground and a helicopter detachment. The fire burned 300 hectares in total.

The French economy has returned to growth, with figures published today showing that GDP increased by 0.5% in the last quarter. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire described the news as "a victory for the French economy in these difficult times" and said that "it proves that our economic fundamentals are solid".

The municipal police in Nice have been carrying out an operation against incivility on cycle paths today. 40 tickets were issued this morning for infractions such as parking in cycling lanes.

Meanwhile, Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has said that work to secure the pedestrian and cycle areas of the Promenade des Anglais is progressing in order to limit the risks when crossing pedestrian and cycle spaces. He said that from now on, pedestrian crossings will be more visible for users of cycle paths, and traffic lights have been installed to allow pedestrians to cross safely.

The French Surfing Federation has awarded the national "City of Surfing" label to Cannes, which is the first and only French Mediterranean municipality to receive this distinction. Created in 2015, the national label "City of Surf" certifies the practice of surfing, the quality of services, services and municipal commitment in the field of surfing and its associated disciplines, including Stand Up Paddle. It is also a recognition of the many activities offered by the municipality and local sports associations. The Town Hall of Cannes officially receiv