Evening Update Monday 1 August 2022

Meteo France are predicting a return to heatwave conditions in southern parts of France in the first half of this week. However, the episode is expected to be less intense and shorter than the heatwave at the end of July. Five departments in the south of the country are currently on orange alerts for heat. They are the Pyrenees-Orientales, Vaucluse, Gard, Drome and Ardeche. The Alpes-Maritimes is on a yellow level alert until 4pm on Tuesday. The Var currently has no alert. Meteo France said that the strong heat will extend to many regions on Tuesday and Wednesday. The peak of the heat is expected between Wednesday and Thursday with maximums often greater than or equal to 35°C and peaks of 39 or 40 degrees in the southwest.

The French Minister for Egological Transition has said that France experienced its driest July since 1959. Christophe Bechu said that there had been a rainfall deficit of 88% compared to the amount required and that the situation is "critical". Speaking to French media today the minister said that an aggravating factor was the beginning of the heatwave which reduced water resources but led to increased demand.

Tourism in the PACA region has returned to its 2019 level so far this summer, according to the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Regional Tourism Committee. The organization said that there had been an exceptional spring with an average increase of 15% in attendance compared to 2019. In July this year there was a slight decline in French customers, of the order of 10%. It said that the decrease is explained by the reopening of the borders, the heatwave and the concerns of the French around purchasing power and inflation. However, it added that the very strong rebound in international customers, which were up by 57% compared to 2019, will allow the PACA region "to end the summer at the level of 2019".

Four Italian nationals have been arrested on suspicion of people smuggling. Local reports say that the four were arrested on the French side of the border in the Savoie department and are suspected of helping Syrian nationals to enter the country illegally.

Monaco's new Head of Mission to the European Union, has presented his credentials to the President of the European Commission. During the meeting which followed the official ceremony, H.E. M. Frederic Labarrere and Ms Ursula Von Der Layen discussed the international geopolitical situation, the sanctions implemented by the European Union as well as the pandemic management. They also mentioned "the positive momentum and the constructive spirit" in the negotiations for an association agreement between the Principality and the EU.

 

BUSINESS

Retail sales in Germany have fallen sharply. Sales in June fell by 1.6% from May and by