French and Riviera News Friday 30th September 2022


Investigation into the death of a teenager at the CIV - An investigation is still underway after the shocking news on Thursday September 29th, that the body of a teenager was discovered on the premises of the International Centre of Valbonne. Reports say that the discovery was made early on Thursday morning at around 6am by catering staff who raised the alarm. Authorities have set up a psychological support cell. According to the first elements of the investigation the teenager is believed to have “fallen 20 metres and was found to be carrying a bag filled with spray paint”. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine the exact cause of death. The Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has since expressed his "deep emotion" and extended his "most sincere condolences" to the teenager’s family and his support to the educational community and his colleagues. Meanwhile, the President of the Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur Region, Renaud Muselier, extended his condolences to the student's family and said that "this terrible tragedy affects all his colleagues, teachers and supervisors of whom we are thinking". In November 2020, the CIV had already been shaken by the death of a student in his twenties, whose body had also been found on the premises of the establishment. The thesis of suicide was then favoured.

Demonstrations- Demonstrations have been held across France as part of a national day of action against the rising cost of living and pension reform. Industrial action affected public transport and schools on Thursday. At midday the Ministry of National Education said that 10.69% of primary school teachers and 11.33% of college and high school teachers were taking industrial action, but those figures are disputed by unions who claim that the number of those participating is higher.

Woman arrested suspected of starting a fire - A woman has been arrested suspected of starting a fire in Hyères on Thursday. The fire broke out near the Hyères police station, close to the A57 interchange. The woman was found at the scene and in possession of a lighter. The fire was quickly contained.

Administrative closure of a restaurant - The prefect of the Alpes Maritimes has announced a three-month administrative closure of a restaurant in Mandelieu-la-Napoule following an attack on a work inspector on August 18th. According to the prefect “it’s the first time that an employer has physically attacked an inspector while on duty”. Every year, in the Alpes-Maritimes, 33 inspectors carry out 5,000 interventions. The manager of the establishment has been summoned to court on January 26th.

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