French and Riviera News Monday 3rd January 2022

News

Mayor of Nice expresses "devastation" after woman allegedly killed by ex-boyfriend - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has expressed his "devastation" following the discovery of a woman's body "allegedly killed by her ex-boyfriend". The man had gone to police on New Year's Day claiming to have "hit his wife". He was taken into custody with his son. The body of the 45-year-old woman was later discovered In the boot of her car in a garage on the boulevard de la Madeleine in Nice she had reportedly been strangled.

An investigation has been opened. The two men in custody are not known to the police or the justice system. Since Saturday January 1st, three women have lost their lives due to domestic violence in France and the government's lack of reaction has enraged feminist associations.

Missing person - Police in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence have launched an appeal following the worrying disappearance of 33-year-old Jessy from the Pas de Calais. Relatives raised the alarm after not hearing from him since December 27th. Jessy had planned a trip to Marseille and his cell phone was last geolocated at Marseille Saint Charles train station. He was last seen in Pas-de-Calais wearing dark blue jeans, a black leather jacket and white high top Puma trainers. Jessy has a piercing on his cheek and a triangle tattoo on his neck. He is also tattooed on the hands. His hair is bleached, and he has a beard. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police.

Changes since January 1st - As with the 1st of every month in France the 1st of January saw certain changes introduced. From purchasing power, minimum wage to access to contraception. 

As of January 1st the minimum wage in France increased by 0.9% to 1,603 euros gross for a 35 hour week which represents 1,269 euros net. An increase of 11 euros compared to 2021. Due to the health crisis and working from home becoming mandatory, for at least 3 days a week where possible from tomorrow Monday 3rd, the "mobility voucher" will be introduced which covers employees transport costs linked to teleworking.

Concerning mortgages in France, individuals no longer have the right to borrow over more than a twenty-five year period to acquire real estate. The measure is to reduce risks in residential real estate, as the average duration of mortgage loans has risen from eighteen years in 2015 to 20.