Evening Update Monday 10th October 2022

Street lights will be dimmed and ski lifts will go slower under a new plan by the Nice metropolitan region to save energy this winter. The French government set out its energy saving plans last week. Now it's the turn of the Nice Côte d'Azur metropolis to take action locally. The city will be asking more municipal employees to work from home and the facades of municipal buildings won't be lit up between 11pm and 5am. The Voie Rapide in Nice will not be lit up at night, and the street lights will be dimmed overnight on the Promenade des Anglais. And if you're thinking of heading off to one of the Mercantour ski resorts this winter, the ski lifts will travel at a lower speed during times when there are fewer visitors.

A man whose 12-year-old daughter was killed in the 2016 Nice terror attack has had a chance meeting with France's then-president, François Hollande. Hollande was a guest at a literary festival in Mouans-Sartoux this weekend, to promote his latest book.  Local writer Thierry Vimal was also a guest at the event. He's published two books in the aftermath of the 2016 attack and has given a written testimony for the current trial in Paris. Among his questions for the former French president was why organs were taken from his daughter's body for donation without his knowledge. François Hollande is giving evidence at the terror trial in Paris today, as well as former interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve and Nice mayor Christian Estrosi.

Meanwhile, some of the musicians who performed at the Prom Party on the night of the Nice terror attack have given their testimony at the trial in Paris. Members from two bands who put on concerts in front of the Negresco spoke of what they called a lack of police presence or checks on the night. In particular, they compared the night with the Fête de la Musique festivities just a month earlier, when the musicians themselves had their guitar cases and other equipment thoroughly searched. Also just before the atrocity, there was also a reinforced police presence and searches as Nice hosted several football matches for Euro 2016.

A motorcyclist in his 20s has died in a crash in Nice Saint-Isidore around 6am on Saturday. The exact circumstances remain unclear. The accident happened on the Boulevard du Mercantour, between Saint Isidore and Lingostière. Initial investigations suggest no other vehicle was involved. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

More demonstrations have taken place on the Riviera this weekend in memory of the 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by morality police and brutally killed in Iran. After last Sunday's gathering in Nice, another protest was held on Place Masséna this Sunday afternoon. There was also a ral