Evening Update Monday 17th October 2022

French unions have called a pan-industry strike for tomorrow, with workers in sectors including transport, energy, schools and waste collection set to walk out. At present this is a one-day strike, but some unions are already talking about renewing strike calls. A substantial number of local TER services will not be running tomorrow. Half of TGVs are expected to be cancelled. There may also be disruption to other local public transport, although this will vary from one city to the next. Flights should be unaffected. Some teachers and crèche staff will also walk out. It is expected that the strike will be particularly well-supported among crèche staff- who are already involved in a pay dispute. Other municipal employees are likely to join the strike including road workers, civil servants in local government offices and librarians. Around 50,000 employees in the food industry, mostly employed at factories and processing plants, have indicated that they will join the strike.

A mother in the Var has been remanded in custody over the sudden death of her seven-year-old son. The boy, a pupil at Victor Hugo school in La Seyne sur Mer, died last Wednesday evening at his home. An autopsy carried out in Marseille suggests the boy was hit several times, the Toulon public prosecutor's office said. The woman's partner has also been arrested and questioned by police. Neighbours left flowers and soft toys at the entrance to the apartment block where the boy lived. A criminal investigation has been opened by judicial police in Toulon.

The killing of an 18-year-old man in Marseille this weekend brings to 30 the number of people shot dead in the city this year. Two men emerged from a white 4x4 in the northern 14th arrondissement of Marseille and shot the young man 15 times with a Kalashnikov, in an apparent settling of scores. Another man was hit by a stray bullet and taken to hospital. His condition is not said to be life-threatening. Judicial police are investigating.

A 45-year-old man was saved from drowning on Saturday afternoon in Nice. Lifeguards came to his rescue about 400 metres from the shore, near Castel beach. He was unconscious and had suffered a heart attack - and was taken to L'Archet hospital.

The city of Nice is continuing to run extra public transport this week as fuel shortages continue. Extra services will run on tram lines 2 and 3, and on bus lines 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Line 1 of the Nice tram is already running at full capacity. The city has also announced an increased police presence around petrol stations to avoid conflicts between motorists and to check drivers' eligibility for priority service.

Bakers on the Riviera have warned that many of them could face bankruptcy in the coming months if nothing is done to protect them from soaring energy pric