French and Riviera News Thursday 22nd June 2023

News

Building collapses in Paris - At least 37 people have been injured and two are reported to be missing after a building collapsed in Paris. The incident occurred in the 5th arrondissement, on Rue Saint-Jaques, at around 5pm on Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses spoke of a loud explosion. More than 300 firefighters rushed to the scene. The cause of the explosion has not been officially confirmed. France’s Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, cut short a trip to Nancy to return to the French capital.

Fete de la Musique cancelled for many towns due to risk of thunderstorms - From the South-West to the North-East of France, many towns were forced to cancel events planned for Wednesday’s Fête de la Musique, due to the risk of thunderstorms. Many concerts were cancelled in cities such as Bordeaux and Clermont-Ferrand. Météo-France had placed 19 departments on orange alert for the risk of thunderstorms, leading the prefectures to urge caution and certain municipalities to give up on evening festivities.

Summit for new global financial pact begins in Paris today - A summit for a new global financial pact begins today Thursday 22nd June, in Paris. A hundred countries will be represented over the next couple of days as heads of states, government officials and political leaders attempt to lay the foundations for a new financial system capable of better arming fragile states in the face of climate change. A wide range of subjects will be discussed such as institutional reforms, taxation, restructuring of the debts of poor countries and the role of the private sector. Initiated by French President Emmanuel Macron the summit begins today with an opening ceremony chaired by the President of the Republic.

Vigipirate - The new French government Vigipirate security plan for summer and autumn 2023 has been activated. It maintains the entire national territory at the "reinforced security - risk of attack" level and will apply until further notice. The government said that any situation or behaviour that may appear suspicious should be reported to security forces by dialling 17.

Search operation in La Croix Valmer - A significant search operation has been launched in La Croix-Valmer in the Var, after a woman who was seen in the sea, a short distance from the beach, disappeared. The alarm was raised on Tuesday evening at around 9pm. Several witnesses claim that she entered the water, crossing over a first and second wave before disappearing. The sea at the time was particularly dangerous with a strong swell. Rescue teams are still surveying the area.

Road accident - Three people have been injured after a car ended up on its roof in the centre of Cogolin in the Var. The accident between two vehicles, occurred on Wednesday at around 6.30pm paralyzing traffic in the town centre. The three injured were taken care of by the emergency services. One of the victims is reported to be in relatively serious condition. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the collision.

Monaco celebrates 30 year membership with the UN - Monaco has celebrated 30 years of membership of the United Nations in New York. Speaking at celebrations held in the big apple, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, said that the Principality intends to remain "a reliable partner at the service of our common humanity". It was May 28, 1993, Monaco became the 183rd Member State of the United Nations. A major recognition for one of the smallest countries in the world. Three decades later, Prince Albert II is in New York to celebrate the anniversary, coinciding with the commemoration of the centenary of the birth of Prince Rainier III. UNAIDS Ambassador Princess Stephanie made the trip alongside her brother with her youngest daughter, Camille Gottlieb.

Business

Australia's cyber regulator has called on Twitter to explain its handling of online hate. The country's online safety commissioner says Twitter has become the most complained about platform.

Multi billionaire Elon Musk bought the firm last year for $44bn (A$64bn; £34.5bn) and promised to protect free speech on the platform. A legal notice had been sent to Twitter demanding an explanation after one-third of all complaints received about online hate concerned the platform, despite the fact that Twitter has far fewer users than TikTok, Facebook and Instagram.

The US has accused Amazon of tricking customers into signing up for automatically renewing Prime subscriptions and making it difficult to cancel. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the country's consumer rights watchdog, made the claims in a lawsuit. Amazon rejected the charges, calling them "false on the facts and the law". More than 200 million people subscribe to Prime globally.

And - A favourite amongst many celebrities and royals, Hunter Boots has dramatically gone into administration with debts of £113million, with 11 staff made redundant and another 110 jobs at risk after its founding 160 years ago. Administrators blamed the Edinburgh-based company's decline on dry weather in the US, as well as sky-high inflation, high freight costs and its Chinese factory closing during the coronavirus pandemic. But customers have long complained about the quality of the boots, which had a royal warrant from the late Queen Elizabeth II, since production moved to China in 2008.

Sport

Tennis - British number one Cameron Norrie has reached the Queen's quarter-finals for a second time with victory over Australian Jordan Thompson. Fifth seed Norrie, a Wimbledon semi-finalist last year, recovered from his first-set errors to win 4-6 6-3 6-2.

Football – The fixtures for the 2023/24 English Football League season will be announced this Thursday with Leeds, Leicester and Southampton entering the Championship. The Premier League fixtures were announced last week but EFL clubs have had to wait another week to see their full fixture lists confirmed for the 2023/24 campaign.

Weather

Mainly fine with some cloud. Moderate to strong winds. Highs of 30 degrees in Monaco, Nice, Cannes, Toulon and Saint-Tropez. Reaching 32 degrees in Puget Theniers and Tende. Thundery storms forecast for this afternoon inland in the Alpes Maritimes. Remaining dry in the Var. This evening going down to 22 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for Friday and heading into the weekend, fine and sunny. Moderate winds with highs of 31 degrees in Marseille and 27 degrees in Nice.

Sunrise                05.49am

Sunset                 09.16pm

Beach weather forecast.

Beaulieu sur mer – Sea temperature is 23 degrees. Air temperature 28 degrees. Sunny Intervals. UV level 9.

Nice - Sea temperature is 22 degrees. Air temperature 28 degrees. Sunny intervals and wind forecast in the afternoon UV level 9.

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