French and Riviera News Monday 20th June 2022


Firefighter dies during intervention in Monaco - A firefighter has died after a fire broke out in a luxury apartment in Monaco on Sunday afternoon. The fire broke out in a first floor apartment in “Le 21” on Avenue Princesse-Grace. The victim Sergeant Thierry Pérard who had served the Monaco Fire Brigade for 26 years, died from his injuries in hospital. The 52-year-old was married and the father of a 21-year-old daughter. Another firefighter was slightly injured during the intervention and ten people were treated for smoke inhalation, including two firefighters. Police have opened an investigation to determine the cause of the blaze.

Vegetation destroyed in the Var - Meanwhile more than 700 hectares of vegetation have been destroyed after a fire broke out at Europe’s largest military camp in Canjuers in the Var. Six Canadair’s and 300 firefighters intervened overnight from Saturday to Sunday and were still on site on Sunday evening, as the weather conditions remained unfavourable due to the heat and strong winds. The prosecutor’s military office in Marseille has opened an investigation to determine the origin of the fire. The Canjuers military camp covers 35,000 hectares and is where several tens of thousands of soldiers, French and foreign, carry out exercises throughout the year.

Macron loses parliamentary majority - French President, Emmanuel Macron has lost the parliamentary majority he needed in order to push through promised tax cuts and pension reforms. Several ministers lost their seats in Sunday’s second round of voting. The left-wing coalition led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon will form the main opposition bloc in the National Assembly, followed by Marine Le Pen's far-right National Rally who was the surprise winner on Sunday night with a historic breakthrough winning 89 seats.

Kite-surfer dies - A thirty-one-year-old kite surfer has died in Villers-sur-Mer along the Normandy coast. On Saturday the surfer was thrown against the window of a restaurant by a sudden gust of wind. The strong gales which hit the region resulted in five people being hospitalised. French media described the wind as a 'mini tornado', adding that forecasts had not predicted the winds to be so strong.

Météo France – Meanwhile, according to Météo France the heat wave is expected to gradually end today Monday 20th June, with thunderstorms forecast for most of the country until next Sunday.