French and Riviera News Friday 2nd December 2022


French President receives full military honours at the White House - President Joe Biden has greeted President Emmanuel Macron at the White House with full military honours and a pledge to maintain "unwavering" US-French friendship ahead of talks on Ukraine, China and a looming trade dispute. Standing on a red-carpeted podium with Macron on Thursday, Biden said: "France is our oldest ally, our unwavering partner in freedom's cause."

France prepares for power cuts this winter - The energy supplier Enedis and the operator of the electricity transmission network RTE are planning a nationwide test on December 9th in view of potential power cuts. In collaboration with prefectures across France the excise is to allow authorities to be prepared in case of a power cuts.

GP strike continues - Many General Practitioners across France are on strike today for a second consecutive day with some reports saying that about 75% of GPs locally are taking part. Amongst their demands are an increase in the consultation fee from 25 to 50 euros.

SNCF strike from today through until Sunday - Meanwhile, a reminder that industrial action by controllers is expected to affect train services this weekend. About 60% of TGV and Inter City trains are expected to be cancelled and local TER services are also expected to be disrupted. Information about specific local trains can be found on

Two bodies of two babies found frozen in a freezer in Carpentras – In local news this morning, a woman has been placed in police custody after two frozen bodies of two babies were found in a freezer at her home in the town of Bédoin in the Vaucluse. According to the public prosecutor of Carpentras, the discovery was made by police on Thursday morning. The 41-year-old mother was arrested on the spot. At this stage of the investigation, it is impossible to specify the age or sex of the babies as well as their possible links with the woman in police custody. The investigation has been entrusted to the gendarmerie of Carpentras.

Monegasque handed a six-month suspended sentence for growing cannabis in his apartment - A Monegasque has been handed a six-month suspended sentence for growing cannabis in his apartment. Twenty-one cannabis plants were discovered in the apartment in Moneghetti. According to local media the former gardener was growing the cannabis for personal consumption.

Monaco calls for vigilance regarding covid and seasonal flu - The Monaco government has called for vigilance regarding Covid-19 and seasonal flu as the end-of-year celebrations approach. It said that the strict application of barrier gestures remains "absolutely necessary" to fight effectively against winter viruses and prevent a new epidemic wave. The government strongly recommends wearing a mask in the event of suspected infection, as well as on public transport and in high-traffic commercial and tourist areas. It added that up-to-date booster vaccination, particularly for people at risk or people aged 60 and over, remains one of the most effective means of protection against serious illness.

Quilt commemorative ceremony - His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco has been joined by his sister and his niece as he commemorated people who lost their lives to AIDS on Thursday evening. Prince Albert took part in the Quilt commemorative ceremony at the Oceanographic Museum paying tribute to the victims of the AIDS crisis on World Aids Day. His sister Princess Stephanie, who created the association Fight AIDS Monaco, was present for the event, alongside her daughter, Camille Gottlieb.

Christmas sale in Monaco to benefit the children of Burkina Faso - The “Mission Enfance association” has organised a Christmas sale in Monaco today to benefit children of Burkina Faso. Clothes, shoes and accessories for women, men and children, linen, toys and decorative items are available selling for between 3 to 20 euros. All items are clean and in good condition. The sale is taking place in the offices of Mission Enfance, 19 avenue des Papalins from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Port de Fontvieille public car park offers one hour of free parking. More information can be found at

The Weeknd adds new date to concert in Nice next year - The Weeknd has added a new date to his concert in Nice next year. The "Blinding Lights" singer will perform on Saturday July 22nd and Sunday July 23rd at the Allianz Riviera, to celebrate the album "After Hours" released in 2020. Ticket sales will be available from today at midday on the Allianz Riviera website and at the usual points of sale. Prices are between €79 and €156.


France’s Prime Minister has revealed the government’s pension reform confirming that the French will have to work until the age of 65. In an interview with