French and Riviera News Friday 28th October 2022


European Union agrees end of sale of thermal engine vehicles - The European Union has agreed on the end of the sale of thermal engine vehicles in 2035 in favour of 100% electric vehicles. MEPs and the Member States of the European Union reached an agreement on Thursday evening. While the car, the main mode of transport for Europeans, represents just under 15% of total CO2 emissions in the EU, the new regulations must contribute to achieving the continent's climate objectives, in particular carbon neutrality in the EU for 2050.

French government announces aid for businesses - French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has announced government assistance for certain businesses and communities to help with energy costs. The Prime Minister said that there will be three schemes which will increase the total amount provided by the government to 12 billion euros.

Body of Justine Veyrac found - The body of a young woman who disappeared in the Correze department in central France at the weekend has been found, according to reports in French media. 20-year-old Justine Veyrac was last seen in the early hours of last Sunday near a nightclub in the town of Brive-la-Gaillarde. A 21-year-old farm worker has reportedly confessed to killing her.

82-year-old robbed in Cannes - An 82-year-old woman has had her gold necklace ripped off her in Cannes. The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon as the victim was walking her dog on the boulevard du midi. It was last September in the same spot that another elderly lady, suffered a similar assault and was savagely beaten. An investigation is underway.

Ban on sale of fireworks - The Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes has announced bans on the sale and possession of certain types of fireworks over Halloween from today until 2nd November. There's also a prohibition on the sale, transport and use of combustible products. Full details can be found on the Prefecture's website

Two men arrested for using fake gift vouchers - Two men have been arrested and place in police custody suspected of having used fake gift vouchers in stores on the Côte d'Azur. Last Saturday, a first suspect tried to pay for his purchases at the Cap 3000 shopping centre in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, with four fake vouchers. Three days later police were called again for a similar situation in Nice city centre. The individual was trying to get a mobile phone. The police discovered the individual to be in possession of a check book with 30 false vouchers for a total of more than 1,000 euros.

Two cannons discovered - Two cannons ha