French and Riviera News Friday 27th May 2022


HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco - HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco has written to US President Joe Biden regarding the school shooting in Texas in which nineteen young children and two teachers lost their lives. The Prince said that he learned about the shooting with immense emotion and sadness. He said that in the name of his family and of the people of Monaco, he wished to convey his deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and assured President Biden of profound solidarity.

Fatal road accident - An 18-year-old boy has died in a road accident in Grimaud in the Var. The accident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning on the RD14 when the student’s car reportedly left the road and ended up on its roof. Three other people were in the vehicle at the time. Police have opened an investigation to determine the exact circumstances.

Collision in Le Muy - Meanwhile traffic has been heavily disrupted in Le Muy after two vehicles collided on Thursday shortly after midday. Three people were involved in the accident and were airlifted to hospital suffering serious injuries.

Ferrero France apologises - The general manager of Ferrero France Nicolas Neykov has apologised following the salmonella health scandal which recently affected one of the company’s star products the “kinder egg”. 81 children fell ill in France, 22 of whom were hospitalised. Speaking to French media Neykov admitted that what had happened was “not acceptable and that the company is sorry” adding “I am sorry, there was a failure”. Still under investigation the outbreak in April was reportedly traced back to hygiene problems in the company’s Belgian factory reported in December, which has since closed. Financial compensation has been promised to parents of hospitalized children. However, the families affected do not understand why products continued to come out of the factory when the alarm was raised back in December. To date, 150,000 requests for compensation have been received by the group.

Former head of Louvre charged - The former head of Paris's Louvre Museum, Jean-Luc Martinez, has been charged with conspiring to hide the origin of Egyptian archeological treasures that police suspect were smuggled out of the country during the Arab Spring uprisings. Judicial sources said Martinez was charged on Wednesday after being taken in for questioning by the French office against art trafficking. Martinez, who ran the Paris Louvre from 2013 to 2021, is accused of turning a blind eye to fake certificates of origin for the pieces – a fraud th