Evening Update Monday 11th July 2022

The first forest fire of the season in the Vésubie valley has been safely put out by firefighters. 4,000 square metres of forest went up in smoke in the Loda district of Lantosque this Morning. The origin of the fire was accidental. Firefighters from Lantosque, Roquebilliere and Saint-Martin-du-Var managed to bring it under control quickly.

Meanwhile, helicopters have intervened following a wildfire in Hyères in the Var on Sunday evening. According to reports from firefighters, some 2000 m2 of vegetation were hit by the flames.

Five off duty police officers have been attacked by 15 individuals, armed with cobblestones in Aix-en-Provence. Two people were arrested. Recognised as they left “Le Mistral” nightclub on Sunday evening the five officers suffered numerous injuries. An investigation has been opened by the authorities.

A new public car park with space of 175 vehicles has opened in the northern part of Monaco port - including 10 charging points for electric vehicles. The new facility can be accessed from the Route de la Piscine, by tabac corner. The car park has been named after Louis Chiron, the Monegasque driver who won the third Monaco grand prix in 1931 at the wheel of his Bugatti.

In other French news, Météo France has predicted a heatwave across France from today Monday 11th July, with temperatures expected to reach nearly 40 degrees. The South-West and the Rhône Valley are the regions which will be the hardest hit by the high temperatures, which are expected to last for at least ten days.

A burglar nicknamed Spiderman, who scaled tall buildings in Monaco to steal from people's apartments, has been jailed. Dressed entirely in black, wearing a hood and attached to each building by rope, he would operate only at night and carried out a series of daring burglaries in 2019, including from a 50th floor apartment in the Tour Odeon. His preferred targets were buildings within a few metres of the border with France. The man, in his 40s and of Lithuanian origin, had been in pre-trial detention since May last year.

And a four-star hotel for cats, called Dodo Cat, has opened its doors in Nice. The concept comes from the same owners as La Ronronnerie, the cat cafe that opened on Rue Lépante in 2015. The hotel is entirely dedicated to cats and their well-being. It offers 15 individual rooms, a play area and grooming sessions.

BUSINESS

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