French and Riviera News Monday 10th October 2022


Petrol supplies expected to improve this week according to France’s Prime Minister - French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has said that the petrol shortage in France is expected to “gradually improve this week”. Speaking on Sunday on the side lines of a trip to Algeria, the Prime Minister confirmed that “stocks have been released to supply service stations and that deliveries are gradually taking place”. On Sunday 30% of service station were lacking in petrol supplies. The situation is due to ongoing strike action by refineries and fuel depots.

Rio-Paris crash - Thirteen years after the Rio-Paris crash, Air France and Airbus are to appear this Monday morning before the criminal court for manslaughter. Despite an investigation concluding that the companies were at fault both denied any criminal fault. 228 people of 32 different nationalities, including 73 French, died in the crash. From today until December 8th, the relatives of the victims will be in the Paris court for the trial. 489 civil parties have so far been constituted and hope, after 13 years of waiting, that a "fair" judgment will finally be rendered.

Gynecobus - Due to the lack of gynaecologists in rural areas a “gynecobus” has been circulating in the Var. With three people on board, including a midwife and a gynaecologist, the bus has already 300 women making an appointment. The system has been warmly welcomed by residents who claim that until now it could take “two years to get an appointment with a gynaecologist or have to travel as far as Nice”. The project, led by Brignoles hospital, at a cost of €100,000 euros is financed by the State and local authorities and could be extended to other specialties in the future.

Road accident - There have been two major road accidents in the Vaucluse on Sunday. The first involving a cyclist who was hit by a car on the D956 near Tour d’Aigues. The 60-year-old was taken to hospital in Marseille in a serious condition. The second saw an 84-year-old motorist extracted from her car which tipped over on its roof along the Rhône River in Avignon.

Monaco bus network free for two months - The Principality of Monaco, which accounts for nearly 100,000 daily road entries and exits, is making its bus network free for two months. All buses in the principality are free until November 27th. The two-month experiment hopes to "encourage the use of public transport in order to make traffic more fluid, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the quality of life of Monegasques, residents, commuters and visit