French and Riviera News Thursday 20th October 2022


Strike action easing - A number of striking employees have decided to suspend action in certain refineries, following negotiations on Wednesday, as the CGT union adds that workers "remain determined." Strike action at the oil sites of TotalEnergies fell sharply on Wednesday with the lifting of the movement at three of their sites, while two others decided to continue their showdown with management. The French government continues to insist that the situation is improving on the fuel front ahead of the holidays. By Wednesday afternoon, 20.3% of service stations were experiencing supply difficulties compared to 24.8% on Tuesday, according to figures from the Ministry of Energy Transition.

30,000 inhabitants in the Var forced to reduce water consumption - Faced with the ongoing drought in the Var, the mayor of Seillans, René Ugo, has decided to reduce the water consumption of the inhabitants to 100 litres per day and per person. The average consumption for one person is about 148 litres. Eight additional towns in the Fayence region are to adopt the same measure affecting 30,000 inhabitants in Bagnols-en-Forêt, Callian, Fayence, Mons, Montauroux, Saint-Paul-en-Forêt, Tourrettes and Tanneron.

Authorities say that the only “reserve in case of water crisis is the area is the lake of Saint-Cassien”. However, currently, its level is about 7 meters lower than normal. The move will for the first time in France, see water reducers, which reduce the flow to 5 litres, installed in households. Such a device is usually used in countries with chronic drought, such as Australia. Some reducers have already been installed in the homes of residents in the town having a real impact on members of the household making it impossible to take a shower and put a wash on at the same time.

Flu vaccination gets off to a slow start in Cannes - The flu vaccination campaign has started in Cannes however, the turnout was rather poor on Wednesday with less than a dozen elderly or at-risk people, turning up at the vaccination centre organised by the town hall.  In addition to doctors' surgeries, those of nurses and midwives, and also pharmacies the municipality organized its first vaccination centre as part of the national campaign, launched on Tuesday.

Airbnb - Several cities in the Bouches-du-Rhone, Var and Alpes Maritimes have been added to an Airbnb obligation, where any advertisement on the platform must first be passed by the town hall. A decision voted for by local councils. In the Var and the Alpes Maritimes, the new measure will concern Bandol, Le Castellet, Roquebrune-sur-A