Evening Update Friday 4 November 2022

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has asked the General Management of the CHU Hospital in Nice to urgently take the necessary measures to remedy computer problems which affected the hospital last night. The hospital triggered its crisis unit after staff were unable to receive emergency calls and the reception of patients was disrupted by computer problems. The mayor said that he will soon meet with the director of the hospital "to establish an action plan to anticipate these problems and put an end to them". The CHU said early this afternoon that everything has returned to normal.

A new study on air pollution has suggested that the removal of the tolls at Nice St Isadore on the A8 motorway would lead to a decrease in pollution levels for thousands of local residents. The research by AtmoSud says that removal of the tolls would lead to an improvement in air quality for 80,000 inhabitants in the city centre, mostly on major routes, but a degradation for 16,000 inhabitants near the motorway and its access roads.  Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi thanked AtmoSud for what he called "this very detailed and alarming document" which he said "confirms my fears for many years". He added that by removing the tolls, "we have the possibility of acting immediately and effectively, without waiting for the possibility of using automated means of control...and without taking any restrictive measures on purchasing power and daily life". He said that he had written to Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne on the issue.

Nice Ville railway station was evacuated this lunchtime and all arrivals and departures were halted because of suspicious baggage in the station. The all clear was given shortly afterwards and services have now returned to normal.

Var firefighters were called to a rest area on the A8 motorway late last night to attend to a truck carrying 15 tonnes of aluminium waste. The contents of the truck had started to emit smoke whilst it was parked at the Aire de Canaver near Puget-sur-Argens. Specialist hazardous material firefighters covered the truck in 250kg of powder and the incident was over by early this morning.

Deputies in the French National Assembly have voted to exclude one of their members for fifteen days. When another deputy, Carlos Martens Bilongo, who has a Congolese background, was speaking, deputy Gregoire de Fournas was heard to say "Let him return to Africa". The sanction by the members of the National Assembly is the most severe possible under the rules of the assembly.

The village of Tourette-sur-Loup is making free wood available to residents. About a hundred dangerous trees were felled by the municipality recently and one cubic metre of wood is being made available on demand to local households.