French and Riviera News Monday 23rd May 2022


Severe weather - Several departments in France have been hit by severe weather this Sunday. In Châteauroux, central France, there was significant damage and several vehicles were hit by hail. Météo France lifted the orange alert for thunderstorms overnight from Sunday to Monday in the 21 departments concerned. However, 86 departments remain on a yellow weather alert until 4pm this afternoon. This weekend, new heat records for the month of May were recorded, particularly in the Massif Central and the Alps.

Fatal road accident - A 30-year-old motorcyclist has died in a collision in Evenos in the Var. The accident occurred at around 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon at the exit of the village when the two-wheeler collided with a car. Emergency services intervened and the traffic was diverted in the area. Police have opened an investigation to determine the exact circumstances.

Two people die in apartment fire - Police in Toulon have opened an investigation into the cause of an apartment fire in Six Fours at the weekend, in which two people died. The fire reportedly ravaged the second-floor apartment on avenue Joseph-Raynaud. A 51-year-old man died of his injuries. His partner, 48, also died.

Individual placed in police custody - An individual has been placed in police custody after a road accident in La Croix-Valmer in the Var. Following a collision between a motorcycle and a car on Sunday morning, the motorist was found and placed in police custody. The incident occurred at around 7am on the chemin de Saunier Vieux.

New minister accused of rape - Newly appointed minister of Solidarity Damien Abad, has been accused of rape by two women for facts dating back to 2010 and 2011. Since the publication of an article by Mediapart on Saturday Abad has contested and strongly denied the accusations.

Cannes Film Festival - A huge banner with the names of the victims of feminicides in France has been displayed on the red carpet of the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Sunday May 22nd. The names of the 129 victims were displayed by members of a feminist collective “les Colleuses” ahead of the screening of their documentary "Riposte féministe", which follows the group of activists sticking, often at night, messages on the walls of cities to denounce violence, sexual assault, and harassment.

Antibes Rally - Yoann Bonato has won the 57th Antibes-Côte d’Azur Rally. After several unsuccessful attempts, the quadruple French rally champion entered the winners of the Antibes round this Sunday. A timely vi