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 reach 30°C off the eastern coast of Corsica". On Sunday July 24th, the sea temperature was calculated at a record 29.8 degrees. At 7am, the water was already 28.9 degrees. Meanwhile the orange heatwave alert which has been in place in the Alpe Maritimes for eight days and for five days in the Var has been extended in both departments for today Monday July 25th.

Vence stops water supply to its fountains - Vence city council has stopped the water supply to most of the town’s fountains as it prepares for what authorities say will be a "critical August 15th". In an unprecedented situation the municipality is raising awareness. Vence where the festival of fountains takes now only has three functioning with a reduced flow.  The town in the Alpes Maritimes lacks water because the flow of the source which feeds the city, the Foux and the prefect has placed the area on enhanced drought vigilance. "


Man shot dead at nudist spot - A man who allegedly performed a sex act in front of a woman on a nudist site has been shot dead by a fellow beachgoer. The 46-year-old exhibitionist was gunned down at 'La Mama' beach in the Grand parc Miribel-Jonage on the outskirts of Lyon at around 10:30am on Saturday morning. According to police the shooter, a 76-year-old nudist, reportedly took exception to the man who had shouted insults at the beachgoers and then began pleasuring himself while staring at another woman.

France 3 reported that the shooter was an avid hunter who had a firearm licence, though it was unclear why he had taken the gun to the beach.  Police who arrived on the scene shortly after the shooting said the man gave himself up without resistance and did not deny the shooting. The victim meanwhile was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services.

Operations at Dover return to normal - Officials at the Channel port of Dover have said that operations have returned to normal, after two days of lengthy delays blamed on post-Brexit border checks. Frustrated holidaymakers were forced to wait for hours to reach the port and board ferries to France on Friday and Saturday. The UK government blamed France for failing to adequately staff their border posts at the port, prompting a swift denial from Paris.

78 percent of bottled mineral water analysed contains microplastics - A French study published has shown that 78 percent of bottled mineral water analysed contains microplastics. The organisation Agir pour l'environnement is calling for a ban on plastic bottles within five years. The results of a study called "We drink plastic" (Nous buvons du plastique) show that, of nine bottles of mineral water analysed, seven were found to contain microplastics.

Largest pancake in the world - The record for the largest pancake in the world has been set in the Loire-Atlantique, during the local feast of La Madeleine. Prepared by a local bakery a special giant pancake maker was created. It took 61 litres of milk, 310 eggs, 30 kilos of flour and 6 kilos of butter to make the 7 metres and 42 centimetres pancake beating the previous record set in 1989.


Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has dismissed claims that Moscow caused the global food crisis. In a speech to Arab League ambassadors in Cairo, he said Western nations were distorting the truth about the impact of sanctions on global food security. He accused Western nations of trying to impose their dominance over others.

France’s Minister of Ecological Transition has said that shops in France will soon be ordered to close doors when using air conditioning and limit neon lighting in a bid to cut energy waste. The rules are already in place in some areas of France but will be rolled out across the country.  Energy costs in Europe have spiralled since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Shops will be fined up to €750 (£640) for breaking the air-conditioning rule. The minister told French media that leaving doors open when air conditioning is on is "absurd".

Elon Musk has denied having an affair with Nicole Shanahan, the wife of Google co-founder, Sergey Brin. The boss of Tesla made the comments after the Wall Street Journal reported that his friendship with Mr Brin had ended over the alleged affair. Replying to a link to the story posted on Twitter, Mr Musk referred to the report as "total bs". Mr Musk went on to say that he is still friends with Mr Brin and that they were "at a party together last night!"


Formula One - Charles Leclerc gifted Max Verstappen victory and a huge advantage in the World Championship by crashing out of the lead of the French Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver, in need of a good result to keep his title hopes alive, lost control two laps after the Red Bull had made its first pit stop. Verstappen's seventh win in 12 races gives him a 63-point lead with 10 races to go.

Tour de France - Denmark's Jonas Vingegaard secured his first Tour de France victory. He beat last year's champion by two minutes 43 seconds in the general classification.

Cricket - The third one-day international between England and South Africa at Headingley was washed out, meaning the series is drawn 1-1. England's next ODI series will be against Australia, after the T20 World Cup, in November.


Mainly fine with clear skies and highs of 31 degrees. Both the Var and the Alpes Maritimes remain on an orange heatwave alert today. This evening going down to 24 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday remaining fine highs of 30-31 degrees.

Sea Temperature:   28 degrees       UV level   8

Sunrise:             06.11hr                       Sunset:  21.01hr

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