French and Riviera News Friday 17th June 2022


French President visits Kyiv - French president Emmanuel Macron has visited Kyiv for the first time since the start of the Russian invasion. Accompanied by the German Chancellor and Italian Prime Minister the three met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The visit, eagerly awaited by President Volodymyr Zelensky, was a way for the French head of state to give pledges to his Ukrainian counterpart, as relations between the two men had deteriorated over the months. Macron declared during the meeting that he had come to send "a message of European unity" and "support" to Kyiv "both for the present and for the future". The trip ended with the announcement of France's decision to grant Ukraine the status of candidate country for membership of the European Union (EU). The Twenty-Seven must now agree at a summit on June 23rd and 24th.

Heatwave - Twelve departments in the west of France have been placed on a top-level red alert for extreme heat. The alert will be operational from this afternoon. An additional twenty-five departments, mostly also in the western half of France have been placed on an orange alert, which is the third highest level of the Meteo France alert levels. The French government education department has said that students in schools and colleges in the departments under a red alert will be allowed to stay at home today Friday 17th June. 

Toll-free number - The French government has activated the heatwave toll-free telephone number. The number, 0800 06 66 66 is open from 9am to 7pm and provides advice on how to protect yourself and those around you, especially the most fragile.

Risk of fires - The French government has issued a warning about the risk of fires breaking out during the heatwave. The General Directorate of Civil Security said that it "recommends great caution" for this Friday and Saturday due to the heat wave situation and the high danger of fires which results from it, particularly for low vegetation such as agricultural fields, wasteland, and roadsides. It said that this very high fire danger is linked to very hot and dry conditions and the moderate winds expected on Saturday.

Speed limit in French capital - A speed limit of just 10 km per hour has been imposed on the Ile-de-France region tomorrow because of ozone pollution. The Prefect of Police has asked motorists to defer road travel if possible and to use public transport, car pooling, walking or cycling and appealed to businesses to consider teleworking.

Investigation into incidents at the Stade de France on May 28th