Evening Update Monday 21 November 2022

Many departments along the west coast of France are under Meteo France yellow alerts. The Pyrenees-Atlantique is on an orange alert for heavy rain and flooding. Meteo France said that an active weather disturbance is circulating over the country. From the end of the afternoon, the regions going from the Belgian border, the Grand-Est, Rhône-Alpes to the PACA region, as well as Corsica will receive moderate rainfall.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has launched the project to revive the Arènes de Cimiez, as the city prepares to submit its application to become the European Capital of Culture 2028. He said that an experiment will be carried out in the summer of 2023 by the National Theatre of Nice, which will be based on three changes - putting an end to free access which he said degrades the amphitheatre, rethinking access and management of the site and modifying the location of the stage and equipment. If this experience is positive, it will be used to bring about long-term changes.

An apartment in Grasse was badly damaged by fire last night. Four people were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation as a result of the blaze. Meanwhile, smoke from an apartment fire was visible over an area of western Nice today. A fire broke out at lunchtime on the Corniche Fleurie, not far from the botanical gardens. The fire was brought under control and there were no reports of injuries.

The French Navy were involved in an operation to bring a sailboat under control in Toulon this morning. There was concern that the boat, without anyone on board, was at risk of breaking its mooring and polluting the area during stormy weather.

A control zone has been established in part of the Bouches-du-Rhone after the discovery that a pink flamingo is carrying avian flu. The bird was found to have the disease in Vauvert in the neighbouring Gard department. The new measures put in place by the prefect are temporary and intended to protect the local poultry industry.

 

BUSINESS

It's been announced that the former head of Disney Bob Iger is returning less than a year after he retired. He replaces Bob Chapek, who took over as chief executive in February 2020. He was previously with the company for 15 years. He's now agreed to stay in the job for two more years, during which time he aims to find a successor to lead the company.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said that the UK will not pursue any post-Brexit relationship with the EU "that relies on alignment with EU laws". It follows reports over the weekend that some government ministers want to move towards a Swiss-style deal with the EU, with less trading friction and more migration. Speaking at the CBI conference in Birmingham today he said: "I believe in Brexit...I know th