French and Riviera News Friday 21st October 2022


French President wishes UK a rapid return to stability - French President Emmanuel Macron has wished the UK "a rapid return to stability” following Prime Minister Liz Truss’s resignation. Truss made the announcement on Thursday after just six weeks in power and said her successor would be elected by the end of next week. Truss said "I recognise that given the situation I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party. I have therefore spoken to His Majesty the King to notify him that I am resigning as leader of the Conservative Party," adding that a leadership election for MPs to select her successor will be "completed within the next week”.

French government forces through first part of 2023 budget - Meanwhile the French government has forced the adoption of the first part of the 2023 budget, using a constitutional clause allowing the automatic approval of legislation without a parliamentary vote. The opposition has described the move as "an undemocratic subterfuge" and launched a motion of no confidence. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne defended the decision to impose the disputed legislation, saying the country needs a budget.

An end to restrictions on petrol purchases - The prefect of the Alpes Maritimes has ended the limit on petrol for motorists from today Friday 21st October. Faced with the shortage of fuel linked to the strike in the refineries of Total, the prefect of the department had, on October 12th, limited to 30 litres the purchase at the pump for vehicles. A measure that ends today. In addition, from today the seven service stations of the Alpes-Maritimes reserved this last week for priority users are reopened to the public. However, the sales of petrol in jerry cans remains prohibited until Monday, October 24 inclusive.

Employees of France 3 Côte d’Azur strike against relocation - Employees of France 3 Côte d’Azur in Antibes have been demonstrating against plans to relocate to Nice. Thursday saw employees gather against the move for a second time after having already demonstrated back in March. The management of France Television has planned to invest between 15 and 20 million euros in a new building at the Victorine in Nice.

Saint-Tropez Classic - Nearly 1,000 runners have registered for this Sunday's "Saint-Tropez Classic".  As usual for the 38th edition there will be two races, 8 or 16km. Each participant chooses their distance, and the artists of Saint-Tropez will participate as each participant will receive a medal for finishing the race created by artist Ivan Hor, while artist Monique Serrati will offer a pa