French and Riviera News Friday 12th August 2022

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France is fighting multiple forest fires - Germany, Greece, Poland, Romania, Austria and Italy have all provided support to France in the fight against multiple forest fires which have recently broken out across the country. Many departments are affected due to the current heat wave and drought. In a tweet on Thursday French President Emmanuel Macron announced that several European countries would support France in its fight against the flames adding that "European solidarity is at work”.

In July, when the Gironde experienced two devastating fires, Italy and Greece had already sent air resources as reinforcements to France. French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne and France’s Interior Minister Gérald visited the Gironde about 30km south-east of Bordeaux on Thursday where more than 7,400 hectares have been destroyed, homes have been gutted and 10,000 residents have been forced to flee.

Meanwhile, in the Jura 460 hectares have gone up in flames and 250 people were evacuated from a village on Thursday. On the border of Aveyron and Lozère after having destroyed 730 hectares the fire was said to be finally fixed on Thursday evening.  

Man, seriously injured after diving into lake Saint-Cassien - A man has been seriously injured after diving into Lake Saint-Cassien, in the Var. The incident comes just two days after the death of a teenager in the same lake which was reported on Tuesday. The 45-year-old victim was rescued by firefighters, near the lake restaurant, in the town of Tanneron.

Young boy rescued after spending several hours at sea - A young boy reported missing at sea has been found safe and sound. The 15-year-old had disappeared on Thursday afternoon and had not been seen since 3.15pm after going swimming at the Bonneveine beach in Marseille. The teenager was reported missing by his parents at around 5.30pm and was finally found shortly after 9pm after spending several hours at sea. In a state of hypothermia, the boy was taken cared for by the emergency services.

Golf cart accident on private property - Two young people have been injured after a golf cart accident on a private property in Peille. The incident involving a 17- and 18-year-old occurred on Thursday afternoon and around fifteen firefighters from La Turbie and Nice were deployed. For reasons still to be determined the cart had overturned leaving the two teenagers trapped under the vehicle.

Busy weekend on the roads - It’s another difficult weekend on the roads in France especially Saturday August 13th, which has been classified as red. A long bank holiday weekend. Bison Futé has warned of a red day today and tomorrow in the direction of departures and returns throughout France, even classifying Saturday as black in the direction of departures in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and on the Mediterranean Arc, particularly on the A7, A8 and A9 motorways.

Loto winner - A local loto winner casually finished mowing the lawn before checking his winning numbers which saw him pocket 4 million euros. Regular lottery players the couple from Nice had always played the same numbers, 7,30,31,46,48 with the lucky number 3 and were lucky enough for them to be picked in the July 13 draw. Now millionaires, they have decided to stop playing the lottery and Euromillions to "give others a chance".

This win is the second Loto won in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region this year. The first of 2 million euros was won by a Marseille player in May.

The 5 biggest wins in the Alpes-Maritimes are as follows; 169 million euros at the Euromillions, November 13th, 2012 in La Trinité, 15 million euros at the Euromillions, March 27, 2012 in La Trinité, 3. 9 million euros at the Loto, April 6, 2019 in Menton, 4. 9 million euros at the Loto, March 9, 2013 in Cannes and 8.5 million euros at the Loto, July 21, 2018 in Vence.

Business

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) will stop making and selling its talc-based baby powder around the world from next year. The announcement comes more than two years after the healthcare giant ended sales of the product in the US. J&J faces tens of thousands of lawsuits from women who allege its talcum powder contained asbestos and caused them to develop ovarian cancer. But the company reiterated its view that decades of independent research shows the product is safe to use.

McDonald's has announced plans to reopen outlets in Ukraine, which closed after Russia's invasion in March. The fast-food chain said there will be a phased reopening over the next several months in Kyiv and western Ukraine in areas deemed safe. McDonald's had more than 100 restaurants in Ukraine before the conflict started. The company has continued to pay wages to more than 10,000 staff since then.

Part of downtown Toronto has been plunged into darkness following a power cut. The incident occurred on Thursday. Investigations into the cause of the incident are ongoing. The outage began around noon (local time) and continued until mid-afternoon. Many users reported the power cut on Twitter. Electricity distributor Hydro One estimated that 10,000 users were affected.

The second cryptocurrency in the world is preparing for a major transition for its blockchain networks. After a last positive test on Wednesday and a good signal sent to the market, Ethererum shows a price increase of 13% in 24 hours a record level since June.

New Zealand's tourism minister, Stuart Nash, wants to favour big-budget tourists over those who travel "with $10 a day". According to the New Zealand minister responsible for tourism, the Pacific country wants above all to welcome travellers with a large budget, reports The Guardian. New Zealand is focusing on "high quality" tourists who are "big spenders", Stuart Nash said on Wednesday when announcing a government plan to reopen tourism. After two years New Zealand fully reopened its borders on August 1st.

Sport

Football - Drinks breaks will be implemented during Premier League fixtures this weekend because of high temperatures across the UK. The Met Office has issued an amber extreme weather warning for southern and central England and parts of Wales. Temperatures are forecast to reach as high as 37C (99F). Drinks breaks were first introduced by the Football Association during the Covid-19 pandemic, when then the 2019-20 season resumed in mid-June.

In the Premier league action this weekend, tomorrow Aston Villa are at home to Everton. Arsenal play Leicester City, Brighton face Newcastle, Manchester City play Bournemouth, Southampton are at home to Leeds, Wolverhampton play Fulham and Brentford play Manchester United. On Sunday Nottingham Forest play West Ham, Chelsea are at home to Tottenham and on Monday Liverpool play Crystal Palace.

Tennis - British number one Cameron Norrie suffered a straight-set defeat by Felix Auger-Aliassime in the last 16 of the Canadian Open. The 26-year-old was beaten 6-3 6-4 by the home favourite, who is seeded sixth.

Weather

Sunny with highs of 29 degrees in Monaco and Nice. 31 degrees in Cannes and reaching 34 degrees in land in the Var with a gentle breeze. Clouding over by late afternoon with a risk of scattered showers inland in the Alpes Maritimes.

This evening going down to 22 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for the bank holiday weekend. Starting off fine tomorrow again clouding over by the afternoon. Sunday showers are forecast for across the Var. Highs of 29 to 33 degrees.

Sea Temperature     27 degrees       UV level   8

Sunrise                        06.31hr              Sunset      20.38hr

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