Evening Update Tuesday 28 June 2022

Traffic has been seriously disrupted in this evening's rush hour because of torrential rain affecting many parts of our region. A serious accident involving a car and a truck on the A8 motorway has caused significant delays on the side of the motorway towards Aix-en-Provence. Motorway operator Vinci Autoroutes said that the accident, which involved two light vehicles, happened at about 3.45 one kilometre after the Antibes payage. At one stage there was a traffic jam of 9km. Another accident caused less serious delays towards Aix-en-Provence after exit number 39 Les Adret where traffic was still managing to get through on one carriageway.

A worker is in hospital after falling from the roof of a building in Nice this afternoon. Reports say that the man was on the roof of the building on boulevard de la Madeleine when he fell seven metres to the ground. His life isn't thought to be in danger.

A teenager has been shot this afternoon in Marseille. The 16 year old suffered gunshot wounds to the leg in the attack in the 15th arrondissement.

The Monaco government has published its weekly update on Covid-19 numbers in the Principality. In the week from 20 to 26 June, 196 new positive cases were recorded. As at yesterday evening, 24 people were hospitalized at the Princess Grace Hospital. However, there were no patients being treated in intensive care. 122 people were being monitored by the Home Monitoring Centre. The incidence rate was 501 per 100,000 people over the previous seven days, up from 411 in the previous week.

Two people have been rescued from a sailboat which caught fire off the coast of the Var near Hyeres. Marine firefighters and the French Navy attended the incident which completely destroyed the ten metre boat. The Maritime Prefect said that the vessel had sunk at a depth of ten metres. Some surface debris was observed but there was no pollution.

The French government has announced a pay rise for civil servants. They will get a 3.5% increase from the beginning of July.

The Alpes-Maritimes Prefecture has reminded residents who are going on holiday that they can register online for "operation vacation tranquility". If you register, police or gendarmerie patrols will monitor your home at regular intervals while you're away. It's a service that is available nationwide. You can get more details on https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/R43241

French Navy bomb disposal personnel will be dealing with submerged ammunition tomorrow in the area of the Catalans beach in Marseille. The beach will be closed from 7 a.m. to allow the detonation of explosive devices and will be inaccessible until the end of operations or until 6:00 p.m. Exclusion zon