French and Riviera News Monday 7th November 2022


Woman drowns at sea near Bandol - A woman in her fifties has drowned. The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon as the woman was swimming about 30 metres from the Capelan beach in Bandol. Spotted by a passer-by rescue services were unable to revive the victim. It’s the second death at sea in just two days, following the drowning of a 55-year-old man, on Saturday afternoon who had gone swimming off the beach of La Garonne in Le Pradet.

Heavily armed woman arrested at Monaco train station - A heavily armed 20-year-old woman has been arrested at Monaco train station. The woman travelling on the train was found to be carrying numerous knives and handguns. Police were called after she assaulted another passenger between Nice and Menton. Arrested with her companion, both were handed over by the Monegasque authorities to the French police. An investigation is underway.

Couple rescued after running into a snowstorm - A couple on holiday in the region, have been rescued after being hit by a snowstorm on the Col de Tende. Mountain rescue services intervened in the early hours of Saturday morning at the weekend, after the couple from Switzerland had been stuck in their car at an altitude of 1,900 metres for up to 8 hours.

Football match interrupted - A football match in Vallauris had to be interrupted on Sunday evening after pellets were fired on to the pitch. The incident occurred on Sunday evening as Vallauris were playing against Les Moulins. The referee temporarily stopped the game. Vallauris went on to win 3-0.

Modifications to line 1 of tramway in Nice - Modifications have been made to line 1 of the tramway in Nice. From today Monday 7th November until Thursday November 10th, due to work being carried out on the track, line 1 will only run between “Henri Sappia” and “Garibaldi” stations with a replacement bus service available between Garibaldi and the Pasteur Hospital. For full details go to the ligne d’Azur website.

Study - According to a recent study, 68% of French people would agree to drive at 110 km/h on the motorways instead of 130 km/h to fight against global warming. According to a study by Elabe, published in Le Parisien this Sunday, driving at 110 kilometres per hour on the motorway instead of the current 130 kilometres per hour would be an acceptable climate measure for 68% of French people. The study was published as the COP27 opened in Egypt on Sunday.

Monegasque embarks on the Route de Rhum -A Monegasque resident and sailing enthusiast is embarking on the Route du Rhum.