Evening Update Thursday 13th October 2022

The French government has appealed for increased vigilance in the face of a resurgence in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus. After a quiet summer, the eighth wave is well under way. Across the country, more than 5,000 people are currently in hospital and more than 500 in intensive care. In the Alpes-Maritimes, nearly 800 people are testing positive each day. Government spokesman Olivier Véran called for increased mask-wearing, more regular testing, and for those who are eligible to get vaccinated as soon as they can.

A fire in an apartment in the Libération district of Nice has left one resident seriously injured with burns. The fire broke out on Wednesday evening on the first floor of an apartment block on Rue Prince-Maurice, behind the Gare du Sud. 27 firefighters were called out to the scene and the origin of the fire is not yet clear. The flat's occupant was airlifted to Toulon hospital, which has a specialist burns unit. About 30 residents of the building were evacuated as a precaution, none of whom were injured. They were able to return to their homes later in the evening.

The Alpes-Maritimes head of the CGT trade union has described the French government's decision to requisition striking fuel workers as "provocation". Gérard Ré said the workers blockading fuel depots would only stop when the demands of employees are accepted. In an interview this week, he said the strike will last as long as it takes - and wages had to be increased.

Faced with the ongoing fuel shortage, green councillors in Nice are putting pressure on the city to urgently make all public transport free. Elected environmentalists on the city council also want Nice to make on-street parking free so that those who do not have a garage or a car-park subscription can leave their car and use public transport instead.

Meanwhile, the Var préfecture has extended its restrictions on buying fuel until Sunday. The measures had been due to expire tomorrow. They include a ban on filling up jerry cans, a 30 litre limit at the pump for individuals, and seven priority filling stations around the department with lanes that are reserved for essential services.

Gendarmes have seized almost 400 kilos of cannabis resin during a raid on a house in La Roquette sur Siagne. The raid was part of a major investigation into drug trafficking opened by the Grasse prosecutor's office. Officers found 99 kilos of cannabis resin in the house and another 281 kilos while searching a nearby vehicle. They also seized €24,000 in cash. Five suspected dealers were arrested. They're due to appear before an investigating magistrate tomorrow.

An accident overnight on the A8 motorway required Vinci Autoroutes to carry out emergency repairs to the road on Thursday m