Evening Update Tuesday 11th October 2022

The city of Nice is discussing plans to build a new luxury port to compete for super-yacht moorings with the likes of Antibes, Cannes and Monaco. The municipality has the luxury yachting market in its sights, with the city council hoping to file for the necessary building permits early next year. It also hopes the project will generate jobs linked to the yachting industry, everything from mechanics to cleaners. If approved, the facility would be jointly run by the Nice metropolitan region and the chamber of commerce. The move has met some opposition from some councillors, notably from the green party, who say now is not the time to be developing further super-yacht facilities given the environmental context.

23 far-right activists have gone on trial this week over a raid on the headquarters of a humanitarian association in Marseille. They're accused of storming into the premises of SOS Méditerrannée in October 2018 to protest against the organisation's work saving migrants trying to cross the Med in makeshift boats. Giving evidence at the trial yesterday, one of the seven staff present at the time said she thought she was in the midst of a terror attack. Another said she feared for her life. One of the workers, who was pregnant at the time of the raid, suffered a miscarriage two weeks later. Several of the NGO's workers were treated for shock. The accused are part of the Génération Identitaire group. The trial continues.

It was a busy morning on the A8 motorway today, with Vinci Autoroutes warning of 12 kilometres of jams on the eastbound motorway around 8am, between the Antibes tolls and Nice airport. While jams of up to 10km are not a rare occurrence, this morning's was particularly unusual because it wasn't caused by any particular incident - just sheer volume of vehicles.

A forklift operator has been ordered to pay damages for seriously injuring a moped rider while he was dismantling the grandstands for the Monaco Formula 1 grand prix. The driver was found to be under the influence of cannabis when his machine hit the two-wheeler on the Port Hercule, near the swimming pool, in June last year. ,The rider was taken to Princess Grace hospital in a critical condition, underwent four operations, and was signed off work for three months. The forklift operator said he had misjudged his distances. A court in Monaco ordered him to pay €2,000 in damages to the victim. It also handed down a €1,000 fine, but this was suspended.

Several residents of the Marina Baie des Anges in Villeneuve-Loubet are urging the building's management to turn down the lights. The vast apartment complex is extensively lit up at night. The issue was brought up at a recent meeting of landlords with the property management firm. The mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet says he does n