French and Riviera News Thursday 19th May 2022

News

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, then postponed to February 3, 2021 and September 22, 2021. The group announced the cancellation at the last minute on Wednesday via a message posted on social networks. Ticket holders are reminded that the tickets will remain valid for a future date, which is still to be announced.

High temperatures - Temperatures will continue to be high this Thursday, forecasts Météo-France. But thunderstorms could be locally intense with a risk of hail, especially in the Grand Est region. Parts of France saw exceptionally high temperatures on Wednesday for this time of year, reaching 34 degrees in some places.

Business

Stock markets in Asia and the US have fallen sharply over concerns that rising prices will send the global economy into a slowdown. US shares saw their biggest one-day drop since 2020 after downbeat earnings reports from some of America's biggest retailers.

Meanwhile British inflation accelerated again in April, to 9% over one year, after 7% in March. The inflation rate jumped to 9% in April year-on-year in the UK, a 40-year high, mainly due to energy prices, which is expected to increase the cost of living crisis.

The UN has warned that Russia's invasion of Ukraine could cause global food shortages in the coming months. According to the UN the world could face famines that last for years if Ukrainian exports are not restored to pre-war levels. The conflict has cut-off supplies from Ukraine's ports, which once exported vast amounts of sunflower oil as well as cereals such as maize and wheat. Global food prices are almost 30% higher than the same time last year.

Societe Generale has announced that it has finalized the sale of its subsidiary in Russia. The transaction will result in a net charge of around €3.2 billion. After Renault, it is the turn of Société Générale to announce the sale of Rosbank, its subsidiary in Russia as well as its insurance subsidiaries in the country. In April, Société Générale announced its decision to cease its banking and insurance activities in Russia.

The French manufacturer of seamless tubes Vallourec is to cut around 2,950 jobs worldwide out of 17,000, as part of restructuring affecting mainly industrial sites in Europe. The group announced in a press release a reduction in staff "of approximately 2,400 positions" following in particular the closure of its German sites, as well as an additional reduction of "approximately 550 positions" in support functions. The move will result in the closure of the "heat treatment line" of the French factory in Saint-Saulve (North). The management has already summoned the 104 employees of the factory.

Sport

Football - Rangers fans have been left devastated after their team lost the Europa League final to Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties. The match ended 1-1 after extra time, before the German side beat Rangers 5-4 in a shootout in Seville.

In the Premier League tonight Everton play Crystal Palace. Aston Villa are at home to Burnley and Chelsea face Leicester.

Golf - Bryson DeChambeau has withdrawn from the US PGA Championship as he continues his recovery from surgery to repair a bone in his left wrist. The 2020 US Open champion was hopeful of playing in this week's event despite missing much of the year with injury.

Formula One - Formula 1 has decided not to replace this year's Russian Grand Prix with another raceThe move comes following the decision to permanently cancel Russia's race at Sochi in the wake of Vladimir Putin's decision to invade Ukraine.

Weather

A little cloud in the morning, hazy cloud giving way to brightening skies in the afternoon. Light winds. Highs of 24 degrees in Nice, Cannes and Antibes. 25 degrees in Saint Tropez and the Var. This evening going down to 17 degrees with clear skies.

And Finally

A German city has asked cat owners to keep their pets indoors for part of the year to protect a rare type of bird. The small town of Walldorf, Germany, has asked cat owners not to let them out until next August. A measure which aims to protect rare birds present in this town, the crested larks. The birds are indeed beginning their breeding season. Crested Larks nest at ground level and are easy prey for cats, hence the decision to prevent them from going out, as their population has been falling drastically for several years. According to local media in Walldorf, if ever a cat is caught killing one of these birds, the owner risks a fine of up to 50,000 euros with authorities already intending to replicate this measure over the next three years.

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