French and Riviera News Thursday 23rd June 2022

News

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks about parliamentary crisis - French president Emmanuel Macron has spoken for the first time about the parliamentary crisis following the election results. In a televised address on Wednesday evening Macron suggested that opposition groups are willing to work with him but admitted that he cannot 'ignore the political gridlock and divisions in France”.

His address came three days after losing his majority in the National Assembly when his coalition “Ensemble” was 44 seats under the necessary 289 for a majority. The Head of State went on to say that “unfortunately not everyone went out to vote and that the fractures in France’s inner city and rural areas are very clear” he added that “France has 577 seats in its parliament and must now make a choice about how we are going to form a majority”. He went on to say that opposition party leaders were open to “advancing on major topics” such as cost of living, the creation of jobs, energy, climate change and public health, but he ruled out any attempt to create a 'government of national unity'.

The President also talked of his 'ambitious project' for France which he said would seek to strengthen the country’s industry, agriculture and security, but insisted this would not be financed by higher taxes or national debt. Rather, he declared that he would consolidate the nation's wealth by creating more jobs and fostering innovation.

Macron concluded his speech by telling the nation: 'I have faith because we've overcome so many crises and difficulties together in recent years, and it is together that we will find the path to a collective success. 'Thank you - long live the Republic, long live France.' 

Sharp increase in covid contaminations in the Alpes Maritimes - Latest figures from the Regional Health Agency have shown that there has been a sharp increase in covid contaminations in the Alpes Maritimes. At a regional level the positivity rate rose in the space of seven days from 14.2% to 18.9%. Admittedly, this rate remains below the national average (+24%) and at the same time there is more testing. The screening rate is up 21%. The incidence rate is higher than the national average in the Alpes-Maritimes at 478 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, far ahead of Bouches-du-Rhône which stands at 422 and Var at 386. The rate is also higher than the national average, at 475 cases.

Comedian cancels show in Nice after testing positive for covid - Meanwhile French comedian Florence Foresti has cancelled her performances scheduled for this week in Nice due to Covid. Foresti was due to perform her new show “Boys Boys Boys” at the Théâtre de la Cité. However, she was forced to postpone after testing positive.

Hospital centre Gassin - The hospital centre in Gassin in the Var has introduced several measures in their A&E department in an attempt to be able to cope with the summer season and avoid a shortage of caregivers. While the situation remains tense in many hospital emergency departments across France, the hospital service in Saint Tropez hopes the measures will make it possible to cope with the surge of summer visitors.  

Greenpeace at Cannes Lions event - Greenpeace activists, dressed as dogs have demonstrated at the Cannes Lions festival. About 30 activists demonstrated by landing in kayaks at the Miramar beach dressed as dogs, as professionals in advertising and the fossil fuel industry were holding a meeting.

Violent storm in Rhone region - The Rhône region has been hit by violent storms. Lyon and the surrounding area, which had just ended an orange “heat wave” alert was hit on Wednesday evening by a major rain and hailstorm as several Internet users published images of flooded streets and damaged roofs.

Johnny Depp to perform with Jeff Beck in Monaco - It's been announced that American actor Johnny Depp will be in duet with Jeff Beck to open the Summer Festival of Monaco. Johnny Depp will share the stage at the Salle Garnier with Jeff Beck on July 9th; The unique concert will open the Monaco Summer Festival and tickets are now on sale.

Business

The head of the International Energy Agency has warned that Russia may stop supplying gas to Europe this winter. The Agency says that whilst a complete shutdown is not the most likely scenario, Europe should be prepared just in case. In recent weeks, several European countries said they received significantly less Russian gas than they expected. Russian officials deny it's deliberate and have blamed technical issues. Before the invasion of Ukraine, Europe imported about 40% of its natural gas from Russia but that figure has now fallen to about 20%.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the Brics group of nations are meeting this year amid major shifts in the geopolitical order. The group, which owes its name to the initials of its five member states - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - is holding its annual summit on Thursday.  

The social media platform Twitter is trialling a new feature allowing users to share "notes" as long as 2,500 words. Twitter normally limits posts to 280 characters. The platform said the move was a response to seeing people use the service to post pictures of longer announcements and steer followers to outside newsletters. The test will run for two months and involve a small group of writers in Canada, Ghana, the UK and US.

Sport

Golf – Golfer Rory Mcllroy has spoken out against those players who have joined the LIV Golf series. His comments come as Brooks Koepka has become the latest to move to the new Saudi Arabian backed series. McIlroy, who is a staunch advocate of the PGA Tour, said he did not expect the former world number one to defect to LIV Golf.

Football – Sadio Mane has completed a £35m move from Liverpool to Bayern Munich on a three-year contract.

And in other football news eight medical personnel are to stand trial accused of criminal negligence in the death of legendary Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona.

Cycling - Britain's Chris Froome will contest this year's Tour de France, but his Israel Premier Tech team say they are aiming only for stage wins. The four-time Tour champion joined the team in 2021 aiming to get back to full fitness following a 2019 crash in which he sustained multiple injuries. 

Weather

Mainly fine, clouding over by the afternoon with the risks of showers. Light winds. Highs of 26 degrees in Monaco, Nice and Cannes. 27 degrees in Saint Tropez and the Var. This evening going down to 16 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for Friday and the weekend - Sunny with a moderate breeze and highs of 26-27 degrees.

Sea temperature:    25 degrees       UV level:   8

Sunrise:                       05.49                  Sunset:      21.16hr

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