French and Riviera News 4th July 2023

News

Fugitive on the run - A wanted notice has been launched by police in France to find a prisoner, suspected of two murders, who is currently on the run in the Angers region. A major search is underway for the man in his forties who escaped from prison after fleeing an exit permit and is since suspected of killing a 40-year-old woman in Angers on June 22nd and a 72-year-old man on Sunday July 2nd in Chailland.  The suspect was serving a criminal sentence of 12 years in prison for attempted murder of a spouse and three years for damage to property. Originally from the Reunion he is described as being of athletic build with curly black hair and “dangerous”. The authorities call on anyone with any information to contact them and not to intervene. They can be reached on 0800 877 668.

Mayors hold rallies in protest - Rallies have been held outside town halls across France on Monday, in protest to the violence and looting after five days of riots in response to the shooting of teenager Nahel. Mayors called for rallies to be held. In Nice the Mayor Christian Estrosi, organised one in front of the Nice town hall to “defend the values of the Republic” and in support of mayors targeted by rioters.

Collection for French policeman launched by far-right activist – Meanwhile, French politicians on the left have criticised a collection, set up by a far-right activist, for the police officer who killed Nahel. A row has broken out over the collection for the family of the French police officer under investigation for shooting dead the 17-year-old which has reached nearly more than one million euros in donations.

Child nearly drowns at campsite - An 8-year-old child has been saved after nearly drowning in a swimming pool of a campsite in Le Muy in the Var. The incident occurred at “Les Cigales” campsite shortly before 5pm on Monday. It was a firefighter on vacation, who managed to resuscitate the young boy, he was then taken to the Lenval children’s hospital in Nice.

Traffic disrupted - Traffic has been disrupted on Place Garibaldi in Nice on Monday afternoon after a vehicle ended up embedded in a bollard, becoming stuck at the entrance to Rue Ségurane. The accident occurred at around 4pm. It’s still not sure exactly how the accident occurred but, the vehicle had to be hoisted out which could not be done before 7.30pm.

Fire - Forty firefighters have intervened after a fire broke out along the railway line next to the route de Turin in Nice on Monday. A hectare of forest and bushland was destroyed not far from the Bon Voyage rescue centre. The fire also moved up the wooded land towards the hill of the Observatory. Trains along the Nice-Breil line were interrupted during the intervention from firefighters.

Last surviving member of French commando unit that took part in the Normandy Landings dies - French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to the last surviving member of a French commando unit that took part in the Normandy landings during World War Two who has died at the age of 100. Léon Gautier served with the Fusiliers Marins Commando - the only unit of Free French troops to go ashore during D-Day on 6th June 1944. Mr Gautier later called war a "misery" that "ends with widows and orphans". French President Emmanuel Macron described Mr Gautier and his comrades as "heroes of the Liberation". Writing on Twitter "We will not forget him”.

Number of cases of cancer has doubled in France since 1990 - Since 1990 the number of cancers in France has doubled. According to a study by Public Health France cancer remains the leading cause of death in France. Since the beginning of the year, the number of new cases of cancer is estimated at more than 433,000. Breast, prostate, lung or colon cancer. Between 1990 and 2023, the number of cancers has doubled in France.  Since 1990, the increase has been 104% among women, compared to 98% among men. The "major factor" explaining the increase of cancer cases in women "is tobacco consumption”.  But, although the number of cancers is increasing faster in women, men are still more affected. They are also a little older when they are diagnosed with cancer, 70 for men and 68 for women.

Paris Fashion week - Finally, it was business as usual on Monday in the French capital for this years Paris Fashion week as Dior took over the Musée Rodin, building a pop-up art-gallery-meets-catwalk in the garden.

Business

Facebook owner Meta has announced the launch of a new app to rival Twitter, saying it will go live on Thursday. The app, which is called Threads and is available for pre-order on the Apple App Store, will be linked to Instagram. Meta describes Threads as a "text-based conversation app". The move is the latest in a rivalry between Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter owner Elon Musk.

Meanwhile, Twitter has begun to restrict how many tweets its users can read. Elon Musk tweeted that unverified users could read 1,000 tweets and verified users 10,000 per day. The move has baffled advertising executives. However, this is part of a much longer game that Elon Musk is playing - a battle with AI companies.

The Chinese government is tightening controls over exports of two key materials used to make computer chips. It comes in response to Washington's efforts to curb Chinese access to some advanced microprocessors. The announcement comes just days before a high-stakes trip to Beijing by US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

The head of the International Energy Agency has said that Energy prices could spike this winter forcing governments to step in and subsidise bills again. Gas prices soared after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, driving up energy bills around the world.

And – In the UK the Culture Secretary has said that she is concerned banks may be closing customer accounts for political reasons following claims from Brexiteer Nigel Farage. Lucy Frazer said it is something banks "should be thinking about carefully". Last week, Mr Farage said his bank was closing his accounts, claiming it was "serious political persecution" from an anti-Brexit banking industry. The government is investigating payment providers over account closures.

Sport

Rugby Union - Former Scotland scrum-half Greig Oliver has died, aged 58, following a paragliding accident in South Africa. Oliver, was capped three times by his country from 1987 to 1991. He went on to become an elite performance officer at Munster and was assistant coach with Ireland under-20s.

Tennis - As he embarks on his Wimbledon campaign today Britain’s Andy Murray says he remains "one of the best grass-court players in the world". The 36-year-old, who won the tournament in 2013 and 2016, plays British wildcard 27-year-old Ryan Peniston.

Football - Former England and Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has been named manager of Saudi Arabian side Al-Ettifaq. The 43-year-old had said in June he had been invited over to the country to "look at a potential offer" but that he would not be taking it up.

Cycling - Belgium's Jasper Philipsen sprinted to victory on stage three of the Tour de France as Britain's Adam Yates retained the leader's yellow jersey. Britain's Mark Cavendish was in sixth as the race crossed from Spain to the finish at Bayonne in France.

Weather

Mainly fine, some cloudy patches with highs of 27 degrees in Nice, Saint tropez, Saint Paul de Vence and Monaco. 28 degrees in Cannes and 30 degrees in Toulon. A gentle breeze.

This evening going down to 20 degrees along the coast and 17 degrees inland.

The outlook for tomorrow and Thursday – fine, highs of 28 degrees along the coast and reaching 34 degrees inland.

Sunrise   05.53

Sunset.  09.15

Beach Weather report

Nice – Sea temperature is 24 degrees. Air temperature 26 degrees. UV level 9.

Saint Tropez – Sea temperature 23 degrees. Air temperature 29 degrees. UV level 9.  

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