French and Riviera News Monday 31st October 2022


French President hails victory of new Brazilian president - In a message posted on Twitter in Portuguese and French, French President Emmanuel Macron has hailed the victory of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, elected on Sunday as President of Brazil. Macron congratulated Lula on Sunday evening, saying that his election "opens a new page in the history of Brazil". Adding that “together, we will join forces to meet the many common challenges and renew the friendship bond between our two countries”. In his first speech after his election, Lula notably affirmed that he was going to fight against the deforestation in the Amazon saying that "Brazil and the planet needed a living Amazon”.

Woman attempts to throw soup over artwork - An investigation has been opened after a young woman attempted to throw soup over a painting in the Musée d'Orsay, in Paris. The museum announced that it has since filed a complaint. The woman was at the time wearing a t-shirt in the name of the Just Stop Oil collective. France’s Minister of Culture has called on all national museums to be extra vigilant.

Local News

Mother kills her autistic son - A 39-year-old mother is to appear before the judge today Monday 31st October, after admitting to killing her 11-year-old autistic son with a kitchen knife. The incident occurred on the banks of the Huveaune river in Marseille. Speaking to investigators the mother said that the “child’s screams which were constant, had become unbearable and that she could see no end”. The child’s body was found by his father and uncle on Saturday evening. The investigation continues.

Woman seriously injured in motorcycle accident - A woman has been seriously injured after a 10-meter fall on a motorcycle on the road to Lorgues in the Var. The accident occurred on Sunday afternoon. The 41-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital in Toulon. The exact circumstances of the accident remain to be determined.

In other news

New “green” school - Plans for a new “green” school in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin have been revealed. The program, designed by architects from Nice, aims for energy autonomy while aiming to be a comfortable building during hot weather and should see the light of day by the beginning of the 2025 school year. The brand-new school with an area of approximately 3,000 square meters will also combine homes, offices and shops on the new premises able to welcome 420 children from nursery to elementary school.