French and Riviera News Friday 11th November 2022


Missing person – Police in the Vaucluse have launched an appeal following the worrying disappearance of Véronique a woman in her forties, mother of two and singer in the group Arteteca from Avignon who has not been seen since November 7th. According to police she is believed to have left her home without a phone, in her vehicle, a black/dark grey Citroën C4 registered CS 578 CC, in the Courthézon Caderousse sector in Vaucluse. Police in the Vaucluse have asked for anyone with any information to contact them.

Humanitarian ship to dock in port of Toulon today - The Ocean Viking humanitarian ship will dock in Toulon today Friday 11th November. Speaking to French media France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, has indicated that those on board the ship will be checked by the DGSI before disembarking on European soil. The humanitarian ship, which has 234 people on board including several dozen children, will be able to dock at the military port of Toulon, in the Var. The minister went on to say that all measures will be taken to "provide the necessary health and medical assistance to the passengers of the ship" and "to ensure adequate security checks by the specialized services". Darmanin also confirmed that passengers eligible for asylum will be welcomed in France, but a large proportion will go to other European countries. Germany must welcome "more than 80 people", and Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Luxembourg and Ireland will also welcome migrants in the name of "European solidarity. “Finally, "those who do not receive asylum will be removed directly from the waiting area to their countries of origin" explained the Minister.

Call for private jets to be banned - As part of an international campaign called "Make Them Pay" scientists have gathered in front of the Dassault Aviation headquarters in Paris calling for private jets to be banned. The "Make them pay" movement carries three demands: "ban private jets, tax big thieves, and make the ultra-rich polluters pay". They denounce the environmental consequences of private jets. On Thursday thirty scientists protested in Paris as part of a coordinated action in ten other countries. Faced with the climate emergency, many scientists decided to engage in actions of civil disobedience to protest against the lack of action.

French President launches campaign to fight against exposure to violence and pornography on the internet - French President Emmanuel Macron has launched an international campaign to fight against the exposure