Evening Update Tuesday 2 August 2022

A fire has broken out in undergrowth close to the TGV station in Aix-en-Provence this evening. The Bouches-du-Rhône fire department said that about 140 firefighters are engaged in fighting the blaze. They are backed up by two water bombing helicopters, one Dash aircraft, four Canadairs in transit to the fire, and one surveillance aircraft. Firefighters said that they are involved in what they called a "rapid and massive commitment for a merciless fight" against the outbreak.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has said that hospital staff are exhausted and "pressure on the quality of hospital care is being felt" after two years of fighting Covid-19. His comments come after the assignment of only 166 interns to the CHU in Nice. The mayor said that more modest towns have larger staff and called the choice "unjustified and arbitrary". He said that he is asking Minister of Health François Braun to revise the number upwards.

A man has been arrested after barracading himself in his apartment on rue Jean Canavese in the north of Nice. Agents from the elite RAID section of the national police attended the scene and the man was taken into custody this afternoon.

There's been disruption to traffic on the A8 motorway in the Alpes-Maritimes earlier today. A fire broke out in vegitation next to the motorway at Mandelieu late this morning and particularly affected traffic in the westbound direction toward Aix-en-Provence. A water bombing helicopter was used to bring the fire under control and the blaze was extinguished by mid-afternoon.

There's been another fall in the Covid-19 incidence rate in Monaco. According to the government's weekly update, the number of positive cases per 100,000 people over the last 7 days of July was 298.9 compared to 460 the previous week. 117 new positive cases of Covid-19 were detected in the week. The positivity rate for tests carried out on residents and non-residents was 17.28%. As at yesterday evening, 19 people, including 8 residents, were hospitalized at the Princess Grace Hospital. Two patients were being treated in intensive care and 56 people were being monitored by the Home Monitoring Centre.

The municipal police have begun the evacuation of the squatters camp on the digue in the port of Nice. The move follows four months of legal action aimed at removal of the camp. Mayor Christian Estrosi said that mayors in France should be able to intervene directly and that appeals should only be made after the fact. He said that since its creation in 2009, the squat action centre under the authority of the municipal police has been able to carry out the evacuation of 1,032 sites, the eviction of 2,852 people and the demolition of 145 houses or makeshift shelters.

Almost 700 migrants crossed the Channel from F