French and Riviera News Friday 22nd July 2022

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6,000 of the 37,000 people evacuated during forest fires in southwestern France able to return home - While the fires in Gironde southwestern France appear to have stabilised, as confirmed by the prefecture on Thursday afternoon, 6,000 of the nearly 37,000 people evacuated have been able to return to their homes and 200 firefighters who came from across France have returned to their departments. 7,000 hectares of forest have been destroyed by the flames. The Prefect has however said that several hotspots remain and that firefighters remain mobilized and continue to secure certain sensitive areas.

Heatwave warning remains in place for 13 departments in France including the Var and the Alpes Maritimes - Meanwhile the heatwave is not yet over as 13 departments in the Southeast of France are still on an orange heatwave alert issued by Météo France. The warning remains in place for the Var the Alpes de Haute Provence, the Bouches du Rhone and the Alpes Maritimes.

Baby dies after being left behind in dad's car - A 14-month-old baby has died in the Safran company car park in Bordes in Béarn in southwestern France. His father is believed to have forgotten to drop him off at the day-care centre and had gone to work. An investigation has been opened to try to clarify the exact circumstances of this tragedy. According to initial information, it was the crèche which had raised the alarm after noting the absence of the baby.

Truck driver has lucky escape on A8 motorway after brakes fail - A truck driver has had a lucky escape after his brakes failed on the A8 motorway. The incident occurred on Thursday evening shortly after 6.30pm at La Trinité, heading westbound towards Aix en Provence. According to police the driver had to resort to an emergency manoeuvre to stop his heavy goods vehicle which saw the vehicle skim against the central wall for 1km before stopping.

First case of monkey pox has been detected in Monaco - A first case of monkey pox has been detected in the Principality of Monaco. According to the Princess Grace hospital the virus was detected in one person and there are also three other suspected cases that have not yet been confirmed. The Monegasque government has requested doses of the vaccine. As a reminder, this viral disease, which in general is not dangerous, starts with a rash, a few days after the onset of fever, which gives lesions on the skin which then turn into scabs, similar to chickenpox.

New version of health bill - The upper house of the French parliament has voted in favour of a new version of the health bill introduced during covid, which reinstates the possibility of imposing a health pass at