French and Rivera News Monday 26th September 2022


Air traffic interrupted at Montpellier airport after landing accident - Air traffic is expected to resume at Montpellier airport following a landing accident at the weekend. The airport has been closed since Saturday morning after a cargo plane missed its landing, overrunning the runway in the early hours of Saturday morning. Since, flights departing and arriving at the airport, located on the Mediterranean coast and which sees up to 197,000 passengers’ transit per month in the summer season, have been either cancelled or diverted. The three people on board were able to be extricated and brought to safety thanks to the rapid intervention of the emergency services. While the exact circumstances of the accident remain to be determined it's thought that the bad weather may have had something to do with it.

Var prefecture warns of current telephone scam - The Var prefecture has warned against a wave of telephone scams where a person is posing as one of their agents and offers to speed up any administrative procedure in return for money. Services of the prefecture do not require any payment in order to obtain priority processing of files. In a press release the prefecture said that “for the time being, we do not know the number of victims of the scam, or the amount of money stolen. But those concerned can contact the police to report their case”.

Accident involving several vehicles in Contes - Traffic has been heavily impacted after an accident in Contes involving several vehicles. The accident occurred at around 7pm just after the pointe roundabout, on the RD15 on Sunday evening, fortunately nobody was injured. The lanes in both directions were temporary cut off while emergency services intervened, and the damaged cars and debris were cleared.

Unique exhibition – The Bayeux Tapestry Museum is hosting a unique exhibition presenting face to face reproductions of the famous work from the Middle Ages and a giant fresco by British painter David Hockney "A year in Normandy". Living in Calvados since 2019, British artist David Hockney created the 90 m long fresco on the four seasons in Normandy using a drawing tablet. Fascinated for many years by the Bayeux Tapestry, Hockney was inspired by its narrative mode for his fresco, an unprecedented encounter between the Normandy countryside and the history of the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in the 11th century.  A year in Normandy is showing until April 23, 2023.

“Sans filtre” in cinema’s this Wednesday - The film which won this year’s Palme d’Or in C