French and Riviera News Monday 7th March 2022


Man wounded after being shot at - A man has been wounded after being shot at in La Seyne in the Var. The incident occurred on Saturday evening and the victim was taken to hospital in Toulon. He is reportedly known to the police. An investigation is underway.

Clashes during protest in Corsica - Clashes have broken out between demonstrators and police in Corsica. According to the prefecture 4,200 demonstrators gathered on Sunday in Haute Corse in support of Yvan Colonna the independence activist, imprisoned in Arles for the assassination of the prefect Claude Erignac in 1998, who was attacked by a fellow prisoner last Wednesday and is now in a critical condition in hospital in Marseille. 25 people were injured during the clashes and four people were arrested.

Woman in critical condition following road accident - A 50-year-old woman has been seriously injured in a road accident in the Var. The accident occurred on Sunday at around 6pm on the RD559 on the Corniche des Issambres in Roquebrune. Traffic was severely disrupted in the area as emergency services intervened, police are investigating the cause.

Lucky escape for motorcyclist – Meanwhile, a motorcyclist has had a lucky escape after being thrown under a car in a road accident in Menton. The accident occurred on Sunday evening on the Promenade du Val when the man in his twenties collided with a car and was thrown underneath the car. Emergency services intervened and an investigation into the exact circumstances of the crash is underway.

Easing covid restrictions in Monaco - From today Monday March 7th Monaco is easing its covid restrictions with the mask no longer being an obligation in schools. In addition, from March 14th the health pass will no longer be required along with wearing a mask outdoors however it will still be required indoors in places open to the public and on public transport.

On Sunday March 6th Monaco identified 2 new positive cases of covid bringing the total number of residents affected to 9,539. Fourteen people are currently in hospital and 81 are being followed by the Home Monitoring Centre.

Putin tells Macron that he will achieve his objectives be it “through negotiation or war” - French President Emmanuel Macron has held his fourteenth telephone exchange with Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Sunday March 6th, the French Head of State spoke with his Russian counterpart for nearly two hours asking him not to “endanger civilians, in accordance with international law”. According to the Elysée Putin expressed his determination to achieve his objectives be it “through negotiations or war”, adding that it was not however his intention to “attack Ukrainian nuclear power plants and that he was ready to respect the standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the protection of power plants, he also denied targeting civilians”.

France's Interior Minister - Meanwhile France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has asked the United Kingdom to relax the conditions for granting visas to Ukrainian refugees. On Saturday, the Home Secretary criticized, in a letter to his British counterpart Pritti Patel, London's "lack of humanity" in welcoming Ukrainians. According to him, the response across the Channel is inadequate.

Cannes half-marathon - Congratulations to Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei who won the Cannes half-marathon on Sunday. The Olympic champion competed the 10km in 26 minutes and 49 seconds. Nearly 2,500 runners took part in this year’s event.

Football – In the French league the Olympique to Marseille lost 1-0 to Monaco on Sunday.

Paris – Nice - Finally, French cyclist Christophe Laporte has won the first stage of the Paris-Nice on Sunday. The first stage of the 80th edition of the Paris-Nice started in the French capital and headed for Mantes-la-Ville. Today’s second stage will see competitors cover 159km ending in Orléans.


Asian markets have taken a battering this morning as investors ran for cover with the situation in Ukraine deteriorating further. Oil has hit a near 14-year high and the euro has been coming under sustained pressure on the foreign exchanges while US futures have dropped and ten-year bond yields have fallen to their lowest level since early January. Commodity prices have had their strongest start to the year since 1915 with nickel up 19 percent, aluminium up 15 percent, zinc 12 percent and copper up 8 percent. Wheat futures have surged by 60 percent and corn by 15 percent as concerns increase ov