Evening Update Monday 25 July 2022


The prefect of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine et Gironde has announced that the fire in Landiras is now over after 12 days. The fire in La Teste de Buch has been over since Saturday. Fabienne Buccio said that all the inhabitants who were evacuated will therefore be able to return to their homes. The Director of the SDIS in Gironde, Marc Vermeulen reminded the local population not to approach the embers of the fires. The prefect said that the crisis is not yet completely over and everyone must remain extremely vigilant. He added that the fires are "fixed but not extinguished" and "we will watch the massif day and night". The Prefect said that the actions of the firefighters and everyone mobilized made it possible to preserve human lives with no victims, to limit the material damage and to avoid the extension of the fires to all of the forest massif of the Landes. He said that faced with the scale of the crisis, they were "forced to show imagination” with 131 km of civil engineering works such as firewalls and support lines being created. A total of 20,800 hecatres were burned by the fires and 36,750 inhabitants evacuated. Up to 3,000 firefighters were simultaneously engaged

A man has died in a fire in Nice. Local reports say that the body of a person was found in a mobile home on the avenue Simone Veil yesterday evening.

Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has been in Scotland. He met the Mayor of Edinburgh Robert Aldridge to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Nice's twinning with Edinburgh, during which they renewed the union between the two cities. Christian Estrosi said that it was opportunity to deepen various cultural, heritage, sports and sustainable development partnerships.

Thirteen departments in south-east France, including the Var and Alpes-Maritimes, are still on a Meteo France orange level alert for high temperatures. The warning for the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes is until 6am tomorrow, after which it reduces to a yellow warning until 4pm.

Covid-19 testing is now available without an appointment in Monaco. Monegasques and residents can now go the Rainier III Auditorium Screening Centre without an appointment from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Employees and non-resident children attending school in the Principality can do the same provided they present a medical prescription. Health authorities in the Principality are strongly encouraging people over 60 and people at high risk of developing a serious form of Covid-19, to have a second booster shot of vaccine. More information about vaccination and testing can be found on the website www.covid19.mc

French maritime rescue service CROSSMED has said that it's carried out 225 operations in total ov