French and Riviera News Monday 18th July 2022


Heatwave - Fifteen departments, mostly on the western side of France, have been placed on red heatwave alert, meanwhile 51 others including the Alpes Maritimes, are on an orange alert with record temperatures expected today Monday 18th July. Night-time temperatures are not expected to drop below 25 degrees. The warning is in place until 6am tomorrow morning. The heat wave is currently affecting all of Western Europe, causing forest fires in the Southwest of France, Spain and Portugal. The last heat wave for the month of July in France dates back to 2019.

Forest fires in the Gironde – Meanwhile, forest fires in the Gironde region regained intensity on Sunday shortly after 10pm. 12,900 hectares have been destroyed since Tuesday and three firefighters and two army officers have been slightly injured. More than 2,000 people were evacuated in the town of Cabanac-et-Villagrains, in the Landiras sector.

Fire along the A8 motorway - A fire which broke out along the A8 has been extinguished. The fire broke out in the town of Tourves, alongside the A8 motorway, on Sunday at the beginning of the afternoon. One person was slightly injured.

Wine producers - Wine producers in the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var have raised the alarm saying that due to the heat and dry conditions there is 40% less production for some vineyards this year.

Traffic restrictions in Marseille to ease ozone pollution - In Marseille authorities have put in traffic restriction to ease the ozone pollution which is affecting the Bouches-du-Rhône. From today Monday 18th July, between 8am and 8pm only light vehicles with a class 0, 1, 2 and 3 Crit'Air sticker and heavy goods vehicles with a class 0, 1 and 2 Crit'Air sticker will be allowed to circulate within a perimeter defined by the prefecture. The authorities have invited motorists to limit their trips, favouring carpooling and public transport. Anyone violating the ban on the circulation of vehicles without a sticker is liable to a fine of €68 to €135.

Landslides in the hinterland of Nice - Severe weather has caused two landslides in the hinterland behind Nice. On Sunday the hamlet of Pra, located in the town of Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage (Alpes-Maritimes) found itself cut off and several vehicles were partially buried. No injuries were reported.  For the moment the access road to the hamlet of Le Pra remains closed.

Monkeypox - 500 doses of the monkeypox vaccine have been reserved by Nice University Hospital. The CHU, the city of Nice and the health centres will coordinate the administration of vaccines against monkeypox to people who have been exposed.  The mayor