Evening Update Wednesday 12th October 2022

The Riviera's hotels and restaurants are feeling the squeeze from the current energy price crisis and rising inflation. The Côte d'Azur branch of UMIH, that's the federation that represents hotel and restaurant workers, says the sector will need to put prices up by 10% to cover soaring costs. But it says putting up the price of hotel rooms and restaurant meals won't be enough. The sector will increasingly have to look at cutting costs, using cheaper raw materials, and cutting out dishes from menus where the ingredients have become too expensive. Working hours and opening times may also have to be reduced over the winter to help make ends meet.

As fuel shortages continue across France, a growing number of departments are passing local decrees to limit the amount of fuel each customer can buy at the pump. In the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes, drivers are limited to filling up 30 litres at a time, until at least Friday. Heavy goods vehicles can buy up to 120 litres per visit to a petrol station. Several petrol stations in each department now have a priority lane for ambulances, police and gendarmes, healthcare workers, food distribution vehicles and taxis. The Hautes-Alpes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence have also imposed the same limits of 30 litres for individuals and 120 for road haulage. According to the Alpes-Maritimes prefecture, 50% of petrol stations in the department had no fuel today - and another 20% did not have the full range of petrol and diesel options. The problem is particularly bad around Nice. The president of the Nice taxi union says the petrol stations that are giving priority access to essential services should be made to stay open 24/7. Meanwhile, the mayor of Nice has announced that several Lignes d'Azur routes will operate an increased timetable during peak hours to encourage workers to take public transport instead of having to queue for petrol.As the Nice terror trial continues in Paris, a growing number of people are registering to be considered a civil claimant in the case. The National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor's Office says more than 2,300 people have filed a request to be considered a civil party in the case. The number has almost tripled since the trial opened six weeks ago, when only 860 civil claimants had come forward.

The Nice metropolitan region has agreed to pump an extra €43 million into the extension of the tram network from Nice to Saint-Laurent-du-Var and Cagnes-sur-Mer. The extension, which is due to be completed by 2026, is over-budget and is now expected to cost €328 million - that's up from €285 million.

One of the Riviera's hardest-working speed cameras can be found on the Moyenne Corniche in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Located on a straight stretch of road in the hills above Monaco, the camera caught more than 65,000 s