French and Riviera News Monday 24th October 2022


Emmanuel Macron to meet with the Pope - French President Emmanuel Macron will today meet with Pope Francis. Macron is in Rome for the start of a three-day peace summit and is set to deliver a speech at the opening of the annual event alongside the presidents of Italy and Niger. According to the Elysée, Macron's address will be along the lines of the one given to the UN General Assembly in September, when he denounced "a return to the age of imperialism and colonies" imposed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The three-day summit entitled "The Cry of Peace" will end on Tuesday in the presence of the Pope.

Road accident - 4 people have been injured following a road accident in Fréjus in the Var. The accident occurred just before 3pm on Sunday afternoon when a car collided with two motorcycles.  Police have opened an investigation to determine the cause of the collision.

New study - A new study suggests the gender pay gap in Monaco is narrowing. The Monegasque Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies says that, in 2019, women in the principality were, on average, paid 6% less than men. That's down from 10% in 2012. Women represent 40% of all employees in Monaco - and 42% in the Monegasque civil service.

Restos du Coeur - The Restos du Coeur charity, which provides meals to the poor and homeless, has inaugurated a new base in Saint-Laurent-du-Var. The new premises are more than three times bigger than the charity's previous home. The Saint-Laurent-du-Var base will serve as the main warehouse for the whole Riviera. The charity has seen a 20% rise in demands for help so far this year and is appealing for more volunteers.

Paediatric services under pressure - The French government has promised "an immediate action plan" and announced a 150-million-euro aid package following the crisis in paediatric services in France. In an open letter addressed to President Emmanuel Macron paediatric caregivers say that the "irresponsible political inaction" has led to "unsuitable working conditions", preventing them from providing adequate care.

Bad weather - One person has been slightly injured after bad weather hit northern France on Sunday. Violent storms broke out causing considerable damage to some houses with roofs being torn off. The three departments had been placed on a yellow weather alert. Meanwhile elsewhere in France mild temperatures for this time of year were felt at the weekend with 29 degrees recorded in Toulouse and 32 degrees in Corsica.