French and Riviera News Monday 30th May 2022


Drought alert - Nearly the entire region of the Alpes-Maritimes has now been placed on a drought alert as the whole of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region is concerned. The prefecture has announced a lack of between 40 to 60% of water in the soil, an unprecedented water deficit for nearly 70 years. Many restrictions have been introduced to both professionals and individuals. Watering, for example, is limited, or even prohibited from between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. The washing of vehicles and machinery is also prohibited, as is the cleaning of terraces, roads or facades. There is also a ban on filling swimming pools and private spas.

Shooting in Nice - There has been another shooting in Nice. A man in his thirties was shot and wounded on Sunday at around 3.30pm in the Ariane district. It’s the second shooting in just a few days as last Thursday, a man was shot dead on the boulevard Louis-Braille in Saint Roch. Police have opened an investigation.

Traffic disrupted on the RD558 - Traffic has been disrupted between Grimaud and La Garde-Freinet in the Var, after a fire broke out on the roadside on Sunday shortly after 1pm. Firefighters arrived quickly on site and were able to extinguish the blaze which destroyed some 600m² of vegetation on the RD558.

Meeting to be held this morning following incidents which marked Champions League Final - France’s Ministry of Sport is to meet with the FFF, UEFA, Stade de France as well as local authorities this Monday morning following the incidents that marked the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid on Saturday evening at the Stade de France. As is stands UEFA, the Ministry of Sports and the Paris Police Prefecture are taking the same line, namely that of pointing the responsibility of English supporters who would have forced the police checkpoint in order to enter the stadium, some without tickets. The French Football Federation, legal manager of the fanzone installed for Liverpool supporters, has not yet reacted.

Palme d’Or - Triangle of Sadness has walked away with this year’s Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Swedish director Ruben Ostlund the film sees models and the ultra-rich have their status undermined by a string of unexpected events. It is the second time the Swedish director has won the award, having also picked it up in 2017 for The Square. The closing ceremony on Saturday of the 75th Cannes Film Festival was also marked by a tender kiss on stage between actress Carole Bouquet and the president of the jury Vincent Lindon. The French actress was about to present an award