French and Riviera News Friday 29th July 2022


Busiest weekend on French roads - Today marks the beginning of one the busiest weekends on roads in France.The whole of the country is classified as red for departures and the south-east is red for those returning. Bison Futé announces a Black Saturday, with difficulties that will persist until Monday. The monitor of French roads strongly advises motorist to avoid today Friday 29th July, the A8 motorway between Aix-en-Provence and Fréjus, from 2pm to 8pm and between Cannes and Italy, from 8am to 6pm.

Missing person found dead - Damien Riposati reported missing from La Tour-sur-Tinée has died. The body of the young man was discovered on Thursday lunchtime. Riposati had not given any sign of life since Saturday July 23rd, when he was last seen at Chianet. Since Monday, a search involving his relatives, friends and family had been launched by the gendarmerie. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Young motorcyclist dies from injuries - A young motorcyclist and part of the Race Experience team in the Var has died from his injuries. Hospitalised in a critical condition following an accident which occurred on Friday July 22nd, during a competition in Italy, 8-year-old Mathis Bellon, died on Thursday. The Race Experience team paid tribute to a remarkable “little biker” who lived a real “passion”.

Man admits to starting forest fires - A man taken into police custody in the Ardeche department has admitted starting forest fires. In all, there were twelve outbreaks of fire in the same area which destroyed 1,200 hectares of forest but the fires are now under control. Several other people are still in custody. Meanwhile, a volunteer firefighter taken into custody in the Herault department has admitted starting the fires which affected an area north of Montpellier recently.

Water shortage - Faced with a serious water shortage the mayors of 9 municipalities in the Fayence region in the Var have issued an order to limit water consumption. In the event of non-compliance, users could face a fine of up to €1,500. 30,000 residents in the Var, were surprised to receive a letter asking them to reduce their water consumption to 200 litres per day and per person while they understand the measure, they are more perplexed as to its implementation: with some explaining that the “don't see what it means to reduce to 200 litres, because they don't even know how much they consume”.  In France, the average consumption is 147 litres of drinking water per day and per person, according to data from 2019. The measure is in effect until at least August 31st. Restrictions by municipality can be found on the Prefecture's