French and Riviera News Thursday 16th June 2022


Heat wave - The Prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes has called for vigilance in the coming days due to the heat wave. Four people have drowned in the last two days in the Alpes Maritimes and with the current high temperatures many of us are heading to the beach to cool down or making use of private pools. The victims were mainly seniors; however, authorities are reminding the public to pay particular attention to young children who should always bath in supervised areas. Figures show that in periods of extreme heat, the risk of drowning is multiplied by three.

Météo France – Meanwhile twenty-one departments in the west of France have been placed on an orange level alert for high temperatures by Meteo France, along with the Ardeche and Drome departments in south central France. An orange alert is the third out of the four Meteo France alert levels. The organisation said that the peak of the heatwave is expected tomorrow Friday 17th June and Saturday.

Two women arrested for shoplifting in Cannes - Two young women have been arrested in Cannes for shoplifting at Galleries Lafayette, suspected of stealing more than 400 euros in perfumes and leather goods. Police made the arrests on Wednesday morning when the two residents of Le Cannet aged 37 and 36 returned to the store.

Leclerc greets customers and local producers - Michel-Edouard Leclerc has greeted customers and local producers in his Leclerc store in Hyères in the Var. The visit came following the announcement of government measures to help with purchasing power. Leclerc said that he hoped the State would “leave more freedom to fight inflation” adding that the “supermarket chain was doing its best and was working on fixing the price of between 100 and 300 consumer items” as well as the possible introduction of “compensation tickets at the till to make up the price difference”.

Car chase - Police have opened fire on a vehicle allegedly carrying illegal immigrants in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The van was pursued by police from close to the Italian border near Sospel all the way to the Moulins district of Nice. Police said that the vehicle was being driven at officers who then opened fire. Two people in the van were taken to hospital, one of whom is in a serious condition. The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi said that "police and gendarmes were deliberately put in danger by criminals exploiting human misery" and expresses his full support to the force. He added that he deplored the injuries caused to two people in the van, but added that they are "the result of a criminal act which had to be stopped for the safety of our po