French and Riviera News Thursday 14th July 2022


Fires in the Gironde - Firefighters continue to battle blazes in the Gironde south of Bordeaux. The Gironde is facing two fires, one of which is the largest in the department for twenty years. 2,800 hectares have been destroyed and more than 6,500 people have been evacuated, nearly 600 firefighters have been deployed. At this stage, there are no injuries or homes affected, according to the president of the department.

Heatwave - Meanwhile Météo France has warned that the current heat wave in France will last until the beginning of next week. This weekend the north of France is set to be heading for a “fairly intense heat peak which isn’t expected to last” while the south of the country will be subject to "intense and lasting" heat. Maximum temperatures will remain high with 36°C in Montpellier, 35°C in Toulouse, 34°C in Bordeaux, 29°C in Rennes, 26°C in Metz, and even 28°C in Brest. In Paris, Météo France expects 27°C. The 40°C mark could be reached locally in the Southwest.

“The Angel of the bay” - The July 14 memorial work “The Angel of the bay” will be unveiled today Thursday 14 July, during the ceremony in tribute to the victims of the Nice attack. The 4-meter-high sculpture, created by the Nice artist Jean-Marie Fondacaro, was chosen by the families of the victims.

July 14th - The July 14th military parade will take place on the Champs-Elysées in Paris today in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron. This year, the theme is "Share the flame", in reference to the flame at the foot of the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and that of the 2024 Olympic Games, in the French capital. Nine Eastern European countries have been invited to parade, at the head of the troops on foot. The ceremony starts at 9.30am and runs until midday after which Macron will give his first interview since his re-election to France 2 and TF1 at 1.10pm.

Hiker rescued by helicopter - Rescue services have intervened after a hiker got into difficulty on the rock of Roquebrune-sur-Argens in the Var. The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon when the women suffered a foot injury while out hiking. She was soon airlifted to hospital by helicopter.

Man injured in garage fire - A man in his sixties has been injured in a fire in Nice. The blaze broke out in a garage on the chemin de Terron, in Nice on Wednesday. Firefighters were quick to intervene and managed to extinguish the fire. The man was taken to hospital suffering from burns.