French and Riviera News Friday 20th May 2022


First suspected case of monkey pox in France - Public Health France has announced that a first suspected case of monkey pox had been detected in the Île-de-France on Thursday, without revealing more about the patient concerned. Recently the number of cases of monkey pox has increased worldwide at an unusual rate. Further analysis still need to be carried out to confirm that this is indeed the first case on French soil. Since the beginning of May, several dozen cases have been identified in Europe. The United Kingdom has warned that all of the patients were men who had sex with other men. It should be noted that the disease has been known since the 1970s, and that it circulates mainly in the Congo River basin, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Cameroon and in Nigeria. However, a number of the cases identified in recent days have not made recent trips to these regions.

Police make arrests for burglaries in Nice - Four individuals have been arrested in Fréjus in the Var for burglaries carried out in Nice. The four, all from the Paris region, had been on the Côte d’Azur for several months. Police found them to be in possession of a stolen safe containing jewellery and cash. The investigation continues.

Awareness campaign - Police in the Var have launched an awareness campaign following recent data which shows that each year 140 people get lost while walking or hiking in the region. Since 2017, the Var gendarmerie has carried out more than 700 interventions to search for “lost walkers or hikers”.

Taxi drivers - Disruption of the Monaco Grand Prix by French taxi drivers has been avoided after an agreement was reached between Monegasque authorities and French taxi unions. Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi expressed his thanks to the Minister of State of the Principality who he said, along with the Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes, was able to find a satisfactory solution for Nice taxis.

French mustard - French mustard producers have said that seed production in 2021 was down 50% after poor harvests, which they say has been caused by the changing climate in France’s Burgundy region and Canada, the second largest mustard seed producer in the world. As supermarkets in France run out of Dijon mustard due to climate change and rising costs, it's questionable if the shortage could soon spread to other countries.

Ultra Paddle race - As part of the Ultra Paddle Race Julien Castel from Frejus and Jean-Frédéric Tillié from Toulon have crossed by paddle, from Corsica to Saint-Raphael in less than 24 ho