French and Riviera News Monday 13th June 2022

News

45-year-old man shot dead in Aix-en-Provence - Police have opened an investigation after a 45-year-old man was shot dead in the Duranne district of Aix-en-Provence on Saturday afternoon. The victim was reportedly in the middle of the street close to his car when he was fatally shot at.

Road accident - Four people have been seriously injured in a road accident in the Bouches-du-Rhone. The accident occurred on Sunday morning shortly before 9am on the D543. The road was cut off in both directions as emergency services intervened. An investigation has been opened to determine the exact circumstances of the collision.

Bather injured after jumping from coastal path - A man has been seriously injured after jumping from the coastal path into the sea in Cavalaire. The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon. Sea rescue services were quick to intervene. Police have since opened an investigation.

Parliamentary elections - After the first round of voting in the parliamentary elections on Sunday French President Emmanuel Macron was in danger of falling short of a majority. Macron faces a strong challenge from a coalition of left-wing parties. Left wing Jean-Luc Mélenchon's alliance finished neck and neck with Mr Macron's Ensemble (Together), in terms of votes cast in Sunday's first round. The president now faces a battle in next week's second round to win 289 seats and keep his majority. Meanwhile the turnout was a historically low at 47.5%.

State of natural disaster - A state of natural disaster has been recognized for several municipalities in northwestern France which suffered damage linked to floods and mudslides during the bad weather in early June. Around twenty departments are concerned after violent storms on June 4th and 5th with left one dead, fifteen injured and caused significant agricultural damage.

Heatwave – Meanwhile, Météo France has forecast an intense heat wave next week, with record temperatures expected in southern France. Temperature records for the month of June could be broken in the south of France, with the arrival for several days (and several nights) of intense heat with highs of 38 degrees in the shade. Météo-France predicts up to 37°C in the shade in the Var and 35°C in the hinterland of Nice.

Business

Asian stock markets have fallen sharply as soaring prices in America triggered fears the Federal Reserve will take tougher action to rein in inflation. At the same ti