Evening Update Monday 3 October 2022

A French court has ordered that the Minister of Justice should stand trial. Eric Dupond Moretti is accused of having taken advantage of his position as Justice Minister to settle accounts with magistrates he had encountered during his career as a lawyer. The minister denies the accusations and his lawyers said this afternoon that they had filed an appeal.

Three people have died after being shot in Marseille in two separate incidents over the weekend. A man in his twenties died on Saturday night after being hit by shots from a Kalashnikov and last night two other people died from gunshot injuries. Both incidents, which took place in the third arrondissement, are believed to be a settling of accounts in the drugs dealing community.

A court has dismissed an appeal against a planned extension of Nice Cote d'Azur airport. The Citoyen 06 collective had launched an appeal on ecological grounds. It aimed to stop the construction of two additional buildings which according to airport management will allow 3 million additional passengers per year to use the airport.

Elected officials have visited the village of St-Dalmas de Tende on the anniversary of Storm Alex which devasted several villages in the Alpes-Maritimes two years ago. This morning the Delegate Prefect in charge of reconstruction of the valleys Xavier Pelletier was at a local cemetery and chapel with elected officials and the local population to pay tribute to the victims of the storm. In a social media post the Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes said there were "a lot of emotions and contemplation".

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has attended an event in Nice this morning organised by SOS Breast Cancer. The Jogging Rose event is designed to raise awareness of the fight against what the mayor called "this scourge". He said that the city of Nice "has been particularly committed to the prevention and screening of breast cancer for many years". October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness of the disease and to fund research into its causes, treatment, and cure.

Mayor of Cannes David Lisnard has welcomed the arrival of Wilfrid Fremond as Central Commissioner of the Public Security District of Cannes. The installation ceremony took place earlier today in the Roseraie gardens in the presence of the mayor as well as Bernard Gonzalez, Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes, and various law enforcement, judicial and military authorities.



The UK government has U-turned on previously announced plans to scrap the 45% top rate of income tax. Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng said that the proposals had become "a massive distraction on what was a strong package". Conservative MPs had also criticised the plan.