French and Riviera News Thursday 21st July 2022


Forest Fires have not progressed for the second day in a row - “For the second day in a row, the two fires” which have been burning in the Gironde since July 12th, have not progressed”.  About 2,000 firefighters from all over France, and significant air resources are mobilized in Gironde to fight against the flames which have already destroyed nearly 20,800 hectares. "No additional evacuations have taken place since Tuesday afternoon. No serious injuries are to be deplored and no new homes have been destroyed". Today conditions should be favourable, with the “continuation of good weather”: “very little wind” and “high humidity”. However, "monitoring and caution remain in force". Faced with the disaster, French President Emmanuel Macron announced in La Teste-de-Buch "a major national project to be able to replant the forest". The president during his visit to the region on Wednesday, also promised the owners of campsites destroyed by fire that the state would help to rebuild them.

Heatwave alert extended in the Alpes Maritimes - Météo France has decided to extend the orange heat wave alert in the Alpes-Maritimes with high temperatures expected to continue in the coming days. According to the latest bulletin, highs of "31-33 degrees have been exceeded near the coast with peaks of 35-36 degrees inland. The Alpes-Maritimes department has been on an orange heatwave alert since Sunday July 17th. According to Météo France in Corsica and the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur the period from June 1st to July 15th, the first half of summer, was the hottest ever observed since statistics began in 1947.

The bodies of two pensioners discovered several days after their death - The bodies of two pensioners have been discovered in Nice several days after their death. Police intervened on Wednesday after neighbours reported “an unpleasant smell” coming from the 5th floor of an apartment block on the Boulevard Gambetta. An investigation has been opened to determine the cause of death.

Another theft of a luxury watch - After three thefts of luxury watches in 48 hours in Cannes, a hotel manager from Mougins is the latest victim after having had his 10,000 euros Rolex stolen. The incident occurred on Wednesday when two individuals, faces hidden by their helmets, suddenly burst into a hotel in Mougins brandishing a weapon and assaulting the manager before taking his watch and fleeing the scene.

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene welcomed by Pope Francis - HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene have been welcomed by Pope