French and Riviera News Thursday 19th May 2022


Body found in Gréolières - The body of a young man who had been missing for ten days has been found in Gréolières. The 27-year-old man was found dead near a hiking trail in the town of Gréolières. An investigation has been opened to determine the circumstances of death. Police say that at this stage it is still too early to know if it was suicide or an accident.

Restaurant closes doors as sign of respect to chef killed in road accident - The Voile Rouge restaurant in Saint-Laurent-du-Var has closed its doors as a mark of respect to its recently appointed chef Loris Arnaudo who has died in a motorcycle accident. Arnaudo died on Sunday on the road between Escragnolles and Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey. The 30-year-old from Nice had become a much-loved member of the team at the restaurant, located on the promenade des Flots Bleus. “Everyone adored him and his cooking” said the restaurant manager who confirmed that the establishment “will remain closed in his memory and will reopen when they have found a new chef, a chef worthy of Loris’s talent”.

Cuts to tap water in the Var expected this summer - Authorities in the Var are warning that due to the drought alert and a critical situation due to the lack of water, some areas in the region can expect cuts to tap water this summer.

Ambrosia plant a threat to people’s health in the Var - Meanwhile the exotic plant Ambrosia is posing a threat to people’s health in the Var. The plant native to North America, which arrived in France in the 19th century has continued to spread ever since and is developing dangerously for several years in the Var. Exotic, invasive, with highly allergenic pollen, it is now the subject of a prefectural decree, requesting its destruction throughout the department by individuals and businesses alike.

New destinations from Toulon-Hyères airport - As the high tourist season approaches, Toulon-Hyères airport has announced the opening of additional connections to London, Southampton, Geneva and Corsica. Four new lines will open at the end of June or the beginning of July. In addition to the four new destinations, direct flights depart from Hyères to Paris Orly, Roissy, Nantes, Brest, Rotterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Ajaccio, and Bastia.

Rap group cancels concert in Nice this evening - The rap group PNL has cancelled their concert at the Nikaïa in Nice this Thursday evening. The event had already been postponed three times before, having initially been scheduled for May 31st, 2020,