French and Riviera News Friday 14th October 2022


Agreement to settle strike action - Unions have until today Friday 14th October at midday, to sign an agreement which includes a 7% wage increase. The representative of the CFDT union at TotalEnergies announced that a compromise had been found overnight with the management for a 7% wage increase. The CFDT now will submit the proposal, which also includes a bonus ranging from 3,000 to 6,000 euros to its members, and it must be signed before noon today. The two unions represent more than 56% among the four representative unions of the group, the other two being the CGT and the CAT. Earlier on Thursday evening the CGT had left the negotiations, dissatisfied with the proposals made by the management. These were the first negotiations since the launch by the CGT on September 27th of the strike movement which has blocked refineries and fuel depots of TotalEnergies in France and created a fuel shortage in one out of three service stations.

Meanwhile according to French media there could be a possible spread of the strike action in other sectors as unions in France call for national strike action on Tuesday October 18th.

Air France and Airbus trial - The judge overseeing the trial against Air France and Airbus for involuntary homicide in the fatal 2009 crash of a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris has agreed to allow the recording from the black box flight recorder to be heard behind closed doors. The judge agreed to a request of the victims' families. The recording will be played for the court and those involved, but not for the public or the press, while those in the room will be required to shut off any mobile phones or recording devices. The Air France flight 447 stalled during a storm on its way to Paris from Rio on 1st June 2009 and crashed into the Atlantic. All 228 people on board were killed – 216 passengers and 12 crew, including 61 French citizens.

Boat catches fire - Two people have been airlifted to hospital after their boat caught fire off the coast of Bandol in the Var. Rescuers were called out after thick smoke could be seen emerging from the 10-metre boat. The boat's two occupants, a couple in their 70s, were taken by a Navy helicopter to Sainte-Anne hospital in Toulon where they were treated for smoke inhalation.

Port of Nice - Environmentalists have denounced the new project for the port of Nice. Nice port is one of the historical pillars of the city. It was in 1749 that King Charles Emmanuel II decided to build it in the Lympia swamps. Today’s redevelopment plan is divided into several points which include replacing the current car park with a huge