French and Riviera News Monday 24th August 2020


Forest Fire in the Bouches du Rhone - The A7 motorway in the Bouches du Rhone has been closed due to the outbreak of a forest fire on Sunday afternoon. The blaze situated near to the town of Vitrolles led to the motorway being closed and several homes were destroyed. More than 250 firemen were deployed along with firefighting planes. 30 hectares of vegetation was destroyed.

Fire breaks out on top floor of apartment block in Nice – Meanwhile six people have been evacuated from an apartment block in Nice after a fire broke out on Sunday afternoon shortly after 4.30pm. Firefighters were deployed in the Liberation district of Nice after thick clouds of smoke were seen coming from the top floor of the building. The cause of the blaze is still unknown. No casualties were reported.

Head teacher killed after crashing his glider - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi and local MP Eric Ciotti have expressed their deepest sympathy following the death of 58-year-old Michel Maffoni, head teacher at the Vernier College in Nice. Maffoni a well-respected figure at the Nice teaching academy was killed after he crashed his glider in the Alpes de Hauts Provence.  A seasoned pilot Maffoni had taken off in his glider from the Fayence aerodrome in the Var last Tuesday.

Maffoni became head of the Vernier international college in Nice in September 2017 and had succeeded in breaking the image of the school's "ghetto" by attracting new students, interested in studying Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, Italian or Chinese, with 6 to 7 hours of lessons per week.

Coronavirus case in Monaco - 4 new positive cases for Covid-19 have been revealed in the Principality bringing the total number of residents affected by the coronavirus to 112. The total number of people who have recovered stands at 83 and 24 people are currently being following by the Home Monitoring Centre which medically supports patients who have tested positive but show few symptoms and are asked to self-isolate at home.

Coronavirus France - Meanwhile France has recorded almost 4,900 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours according to figures released on Sunday by the Public Health body. A total of 4,709 people are hospitalized for Covid-19 infection, a figure that has been falling since Monday which showed 4,925 patients.

The number of patients in intensive care stands at 383, three more than Saturday but one less than Monday. An additional death was recorded, bringing the number of deaths since the start of the epidemic in France to 30,513 people, including 20,002 in hospitals.

Seven departments are now classified as a high vulnerability level including the Bouches-du-Rhône.

Nicolas Sarkozy in Cannes today for book signing - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is in Cannes today for the book signing of his latest book "Le Temps des tempêtes". Sarkozy is expected at the Autour d'un livre bookstore, 17 rue Jean-Jaurès at 11am.

Published on July 24th, “Le Temps des tempêtes” which looks back on the first two years of his five-year term in office, is one of this summer’s best sellers having already sold some 215,000 copies.

Sarkozy also talks of the difficulties and the loneliness related to his function as Head of State, his marriage with Carla Bruni, the formation of his government and the economic crisis of 2008.

Nicolas Sarkozy will also be meeting with the mayor of Cannes David Lisnard.

Luxury yacht drops anchor in Proquerolles - One of the world’s most luxurious yachts the Flying Fox has dropped anchor in the bay of Porquerolles in the Var. The 136-metre-long vessel boasts two helicopter runways, 11 luxury cabins and a crew of 54.


Rioting in Paris - Rioting has erupted in Paris following the city's biggest football club losing the European Cup final.

Tear gas was used by French police on thousands of Paris Saint Germain football fans following the 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League game.

Despite France's capital being a Coronavirus red zone, crowds had built up around the Parc de Princes, PSG's home ground, and on the Champs Elysee.

Incorrect news report - Contrary to a report published by France’s public media FranceInfo on Sunday, the UK has not ended the Covid-19 quarantine for arrivals from France.

It’s believed that FranceInfo made the assumption following a bulletin, also incorrect, from another news source, which stated that the UK now requires people entering from France to self-certify as not having Covid-19 symptoms and not having been in contact with an infected person in the last 14 days. FranceInfo later changed its article to clarify that the quarantine requirement had not been lifted and issued a correction.


Chinese video app TikTok is set to launch legal action to challenge a ban imposed by US President Donald Trump.

Mr Trump's executive order prohibits transactions with TikTok's owner ByteDance from mid-September.

Officials in Washington are concerned that the company could pass data on American users to the Chinese government, something ByteDance has denied doing.

The short video-sharing app has 80 million active US users.

The UK's travel industry has reached a "critical point" and is calling for further support to stem job losses.

According to figures measures to curb the pandemic have already led to the loss of around 39,000 jobs. About 65% of travel firms have had to make redundancies or start a consultation process.

And - John Lewis is planning to replace its famous promise to match rivals' prices as its new boss plans radical changes to the business.

For nearly a century John Lewis has promised to refund the difference in price, to any shopper who could find an item cheaper elsewhere within 28 days. However, the price pledge "Never knowingly undersold" has become harder to defend as competition from online retailers has become ever tougher. The slogan has been in place since 1925.


Football - Bayern Munich have won every game they've played in the Champion's League and they didn't stop in the final last night beating Paris St-Germain 1-0. 

In what was described as a tightly contested Champions League final in Lisbon, Bayern Munich claimed the crown for the sixth time.

Tennis - Britain's Andy Murray said he felt "physically good" after his opening-round win in the Western & Southern Open at Flushing Meadows.

Murray beat American Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 6-1 in his first ATP Tour match of the year.

Golf - American Dustin Johnson won his second title in three months in imperious style when he cruised to victory in the Northern Trust by 11 shots.

The 36-year-old, tied second at the US PGA in August, made six birdies and an eagle on his way to a stress-free 63.


Highs of 29 degrees in Nice, Cannes and Antibes rather unsettled with thundery showers forecast along the coast. Highs of 31 degrees in Saint Tropez, in the Var.

This evening going down to 23 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and 19 in the Var.

The outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday mainly fine with some passing cloud highs of 30-33 degrees.



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