French and Riviera News Friday 10th June 2022

News

Fire in Hyères - A fire has broken out in Hyères in the Var. The fire was under control by early evening on Thursday as residents and a nearby hospital were confined. The fire broke out at the bottom of the Mont des Oiseaux, near the San Salvador hospital. Large plumes of smoke, visible for several kilometres, emerged from the fire fanned by strong winds. The incident led to the seaside road between Carqueiranne and Almanarre being cut off until mid-evening. Meanwhile, about one hundred firefighters have been involved in fighting a fire in undergrowth in the Bouches-du-Rhône on Thursday afternoon. Several water-bombing aircraft were also deployed in Vitrolles near Marseille. Services on a nearby train line were disrupted and an access ramp to the A7 motorway was closed because of the blaze.

Woman flees police by swimming out to sea - A woman has been arrested in Nice after fleeing officers by diving into the sea. According to local reports the incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning on the Quai des Etats-Unis. The woman who was under the influence of alcohol had failed to present identity papers during a police check. Two officers had to jump into the water to bring her back as she headed out to sea.

Champions League final - The Prefect of Police in Paris has apologised for using tear gas against fans outside the Stade de France before the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. Answering questions in the Senate, Didier Lallement admitted failures in the security operation. But he also defended his handling of the situation, saying his "red line" was to save lives. French authorities have blamed late arrivals and fake tickets for overcrowding and chaotic scenes before the match. It was revealed this afternoon that video surveillance images of the incidents surrounding the stadium have been destroyed. Speaking before the Senate the President of the French Football Federation said that the images were automatically deleted after seven days had elapsed if they were not claimed by judicial authorities.

French government announces series of measures to ease the stress in emergency services - The French government has announced a series of measures to ease the stress on emergency services in France’s hospitals. Faced with emergency room closures due to lack of staff, the government is reintroducing crisis measures used during covid peaks. 120 emergency rooms have been forced to reduce their activity, or are getting ready to do so, including some in big hospitals like in Bordeaux, Grenoble and Orléans. To encourage existing healthcare workers to work more, the government will double overtime hours throughout the summer. It will also allow student nurses and health aides to go to work in hospitals in June and July, even before they receive their final diplomas. Retired healthcare workers who want can go back to work during the summer, with salaries to complement their pensions.

Parliamentary elections - According to an Ifop-Fiducial poll, former presidential candidate Eric Zemmour would get 24% of the vote this Sunday in the 4th constituency of the Var, but outgoing LREM MP Sereine Mauborgne would come out on top in the first and second rounds. Zemmour presents himself under the Reconquest party in the 4th district of Var and believes in his chances. But according to an Ifop-Fiducial poll published on Thursday, the ballot will be very close. Meanwhile, a new five-party alliance led by far-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon is expected to make sweeping gains in the parliamentary on Sunday, possibly even blocking the government's majority in France's 577-seat National Assembly.

Savills Saint-Tropez an evolution of an esteemed property brand in an iconic setting - Global real estate advisor Savills has announced the opening of its latest office in Saint-Tropez, evolving its offering in this iconic location to provide greater coverage for the dynamic sales and seasonal rental markets. Alex Balkin, Executive Director, Savills French Riviera, expresses the importance of this additional key office, explaining that “expanding our office in Saint-Tropez to include an additional site in the heart of this busy village, seems like a natural progression of the business, in order to be able to professionally serve this ever popular and glamorous resort." An influential presence and major actor in the property market for over ten years, the opening of an additional Savills office in this sought-after setting has guaranteed an expansion of the team to secure greater coverage and even better client care. The new office brings with it an experienced multilingual team of professional agents, with unrivalled knowledge and experience. The new Savills Saint-Tropez team will be based at 31 boulevard Louis Blanc, 83990, Saint-Tropez and can be contacted on sainttropez@savills.com or +33 (0) 4 98 21 36 13.

Business

As it tries to control soaring inflation in the eurozone the European Central Bank (ECB) has said it intends to raise interest rates for the first time in more than 11 years next month. The ECB said it would raise its key interest rates by 0.25% in July, with further increases planned for later in the year. The bank also intends to end its bond-buying stimulus programme on 1 July.

Data has shown that oil refineries are making nearly five times as much money from refining petrol as they did year ago.  A lack of capacity to refine petrol and diesel from crude oil has helped to push fuel prices to record levels, and increased profits for refinery owners. Petrol prices are at an all-time high though the oil price remains well below record levels. The loss of Russian supplies has stretched an industry which was already at full capacity.

The Russian fast-food chain that was formerly McDonald's in the country has revealed its new logo as it prepares to reopen its restaurants from Sunday. The company has not yet revealed the name of the chain, although a number of options have reportedly been considered. In May, McDonald's said it would pull out of Russia over the Ukraine war. Before announcing that it was leaving Russia, McDonald's had operated in the country for more than 30 years. The fast-food giant opened its first Russian restaurant in Moscow in January 1990. It was seen as a key moment in the opening up of the Soviet Union's economy as the Cold War was coming to an end.

Sport

Cricket - New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will miss the second Test against England after testing positive for Covid-19. 31-year-old Williamson, took a rapid antigen test after experiencing minor symptoms on Thursday and will be in isolation for five days. The rest of the touring party tested negative before the second Test starts at Nottingham's Trent Bridge today.

Golf - The PGA Tour has announced it is suspending 17 rebel members who have chosen to play in this inaugural $25m Saudi Arabian-funded LIV Golf Invitational event. Within seconds LIV, which is fronted by former world number one Greg Norman, hit back, calling the PGA Tour "vindictive".

Football – Spain beat Switzerland 1-0 for their first win of the Nations League. Meanwhile, this evening Austria play France in the Nations League.

Rugby Union - Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd has said that English rugby needs more risk-takers in order to flourish. Boyd will leave the Saints at the end of the season after four years at Franklin's Gardens. Boyd hopes to see players across England given the "oxygen to play" in the future.

Weather

Mostly clear skies. Highs of 26 degrees in Nice, Cannes and Antibes with a gentle breeze. 28 degrees in the Var. This evening going down to 19 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and 16 degrees in the Var with clear skies.

The outlook for the weekend - Fine, sunny with highs of 29-30 degrees.

Sea Temperature              22 degrees

UV level                                9

Sunrise  05.48hr                Sunset  21.11hr

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