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 time the US dollar strengthened to 135 Japanese yen for the first time in over two decades. Last month, the Federal Reserve announced its biggest interest rate increase in more than two decades.

The central bank said it was lifting its benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point, to a range of 0.75% to 1% after a smaller rise in March. The moves came as the rising cost of living has been squeezing households and putting pressure on policymakers to bring the issue under control.

The UK government has ordered an "urgent" review by the competition regulator into the fuel market after pump prices hit new record highs. The intervention comes after the average price of filling a typical car with petrol topped £100 last week, adding to the cost of living squeeze for households in the UK. Fuel prices soared after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and pushed the price of Brent crude to more than $130 a barrel.

Australia has announced a €555m settlement with France's Naval Group as compensation for cancelling a submarine contract with Paris. Australia angered France last year by suddenly cancelling a €35bn deal to build fleet of submarines. Instead, it chose to build nuclear-povered submarines with US and UK technology. 

Sport

Rugby Union - Legendary Wales and British and Irish Lions captain and fly-half Phil Bennett has died at the age of 73. Bennett was a key figure in Wales' golden era, helping them win two Five Nations Grand Slams in the 1970s. He also starred in the Lions' historic unbeaten tour of South Africa in 1974 and produced moments of magic in his 20 appearances for the Barbarians.

Formula One - Max Verstappen has won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix taking control of the World Championship. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc's suffered an engine failure. Verstappen led team-mate Sergio Perez to a Red Bull one-two, as George Russell took third for Mercedes, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton fighting back to finish fourth.

Golf - Rory McIlroy has claimed his first win of the year as he defended his Canadian Open title with a two-stroke victory. The 33-year-old Northern Irishman shot an eight-under round of 62 to finish on 19 under par. McIlroy's first win since October comes four days before the US Open starts.

Football – Football coach Mauricio Pochettino is to leave Paris St-Germain following talks with the club. PSG are still to make a formal announcement, but it is understood the former Tottenham manager will not serve the final year of his contract. Zinedine Zidane, Jose Mourinho and Nice coach Christophe Galtier are among those linked with replacing Pochettino. PSG regained the French title last term but the Argentine failed to lead them beyond the Champions League's last 16.

Weather

Mainly fine some cloudy patches to begin with. Highs of 27 degrees in Nice, Cannes and Antibes. 29 degrees in Saint Tropez and 32 degrees in Toulon. Light winds. This evening going down to 18 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday - Remaining fine, highs of 28-29 degrees.

Sea temperature:    21 degrees

UV level:                     9

Sunrise              05.47hr                       Sunset                21.13hr

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