French and Riviera News Monday 25th July 2022


Man found dead after fire breaks out near Ikea store - A man has been found dead after a fire broke out near the Ikea store in Nice. The fire broke out late afternoon of Sunday in a shed near the Ikea in the Saint-Isidore district. Unfortunately, firefighters found a victim in the rubble. According to the emergency services, the victim was a 70-year-old man. The fire broke out at around 6:30 p.m. A large cloud of black smoke was visible several kilometres from the scene of the disaster.

Two people evacuated after house catches fire - Meanwhile two people have been evacuated after their house caught fire in a small village in the Alpes-Maritimes. The incident occurred at around 12.30pm on Sunday and both occupants were evacuated and taken to hospital. About 20 firefighters were deployed on the Chemin du Caladou in Saint-Auban, in the hinterland of Grasse.

70-year-old man nearly drowns in Cannes - A 70-year-old man has been rescued by emergency services after nearly drowning on the Croisette in Cannes. Rescuers intervened on Sunday afternoon on a beach located near 75 boulevard de la Croisette. The man was taken to hospital in Grasse.

World Drowning Prevention Day - Today is “World Drowning Prevention Day” an opportunity to remember the impact of drowning on families and communities, and to propose positive and practical solutions to promote safety in the water - with the aim of reducing the number of drowning deaths worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 236,000 drowning deaths occur each year worldwide. Drowning is the cause of 2.5 million deaths over the past decade and it is one of the leading causes of death for children in many countries. In the summer of 2021, the two most represented age groups among accidental drownings were children under the age of 6 (26%) and persons aged 65 and over (20%). The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is broadcasting a visual prevention campaign on digital signage networks in Monaco as well as on social networks. This campaign uses the messages "Take care of them" and "Take care of yourselves", referring respectively to the two age groups most vulnerable to drowning: children aged 6 years or younger and people aged 65 and over. Today the Foundation will be present on the esplanade of Larvotto beach (access 3) and will offer activities and rescue demonstrations, to raise awareness among the public about the dangers of water and the importance of drowning prevention measures.

Record sea temperature - The temperature of the Mediterranean Sea is about to reach 30 degrees. According to the Keraunos Meteorological Observatory, the water temperature is "about to