French and Riviera News Monday 27th June 2022

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Swimmer missing - A swimmer has reportedly gone missing after being caught in a sea swell on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The incident occurred at around 5pm on Sunday afternoon when witnesses spotted the swimmer get into difficulty near Magnan beach. A sea rescue operation was launched with several lifeboats and a helicopter however, after two hours the search was called off as emergency services were still unable to determine whether the individual had been the victim of the swell or not.

Passengers confined on board tram in Nice - Passengers on line 1 of the tram way in Nice were confined on board on Sunday evening after a Ukrainian refugee reported a gunman boarding a tram in Nice. The incident occurred shortly after 9pm and passengers were forced to remain on board while police verified the situation. The alert was finally lifted by police.

Strike action - Unions in the road transport sector have called for national strike action today Monday 27th June. 790,000 employees of the road transport branch, which includes lorry drivers but also ambulance drivers have been invited to take part in the strike action throughout France. Employees are demanding wage increases. In total, around twenty French sites are planned to be blocked from this morning across the country and others could be added over the course of the day.

Meanwhile, several railway unions have called for a national strike on Wednesday July 6. Trade unions are protesting at the cost of living, saying that the post-pandemic and international context is leading to a spike in prices "unmatched for nearly 40 years".

Popularity rating for French President and Prime Minister - According to an Ifop poll for the Journal de Dimanche the popularity rating of French President Emmanuel Macron and French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne is falling with just 38% of respondents saying they are satisfied with Emmanuel Macron's action. Macron and his Prime Minister are struggling to satisfy the French dropping 3 points since the last popularity poll was published.

Education minister promises rise in salaries for new teachers - France’s Minister of National Education Pap Ndiaye has announced that he wants to raise the salaries of new teachers to at least 2,000 euros net per month. A promise which should be effective from 2023. In an interview the minister said that "the pay increase will be made up of two parts. The first will be unconditional and will apply to all teachers. Which means raising the starting salary of young teachers to above 2000 euros net. The second part will be a salary depending on new ta