French and Riviera News Friday 8th July 2022


Forest fires - The Gard department has been hit by several forest fires. Firefighters intervened throughout the night on Thursday after a particularly violent one broke out in the north of the department, which borders with the department of the Bouches-du-Rhone. Some inhabitants were requested to remain in their homes in order to stay safe, while others were evacuated in certain areas.

Meanwhile in the neighbouring department of the Bouches-du-Rhône, firefighters had to deal with no less than 35 fire outbreaks during the day. In particular in Arles, around noon a fire driven by a strong Mistral spread up to the junction of the A54 motorway between Nîmes and Marseille resulting in it being cut it in both directions. Firefighters remain on site in both departments as six forest areas in the region remain closed to the public.

High temperatures forecast - Météo France has forecast highs of 40 degrees next week in France as a second summer heatwave is expected, with its duration uncertain. Highs of 35 degrees are expected across the country exceeding 38 degrees locally between July 11th and 13th. Nights are expected to be hot too not falling below 20 degrees. A yellow vigilance is expected from this weekend changing to orange during the course of next week.

Man shot dead by police in city centre of Grenoble - A man has been shot dead by police in the city centre of Grenoble. The man who was riding a scooter with an armed passenger was shot at late Thursday afternoon by the police in the centre of the city. According to a police source, the driver of the scooter, dressed in a bulletproof vest, was traveling in the company of a passenger armed with a "long weapon". The latter "started to point his weapon in the direction of the police" who fired twice. The area was then completely cordoned off. An investigation is underway.

Truck loses cargo on RD559 causing disruption to traffic - A cyclist has had an accident and traffic was heavily disrupted after a pickup trick lost barrels of used vegetable oil on the RD559 at Rayol-Canadel in the Var. The incident occurred in the middle of the day on Thursday when the van travelling on the coast road between Le Rayol-Canadel and Le Lavandou, lost its cargo for reasons still undetermined. The oil then spread on the roadway, making it extremely slippery.

Fuel allowance - The French government has announced that "the fuel allowance for low-income workers is set to be implemented from October”. The allowance for workers, is set to gradually replace the fuel discount of 18 cents per litre,