French and Riviera News Thursday 26th May 2022


French government to consider not deducting points from driving license for “small speeding” offences - France’s Interior Ministry is considering no longer deducting points from a driving license for "small speeding fines". A ministry spokesperson said that the idea is that “you no longer lose a point if you are 5 km / h over the authorised speed you are however still fined. In 2020, of the 12.5 million fines for speeding checked by speed cameras, 58% concerned excesses of less than 5 km / h.  

French minister will not be investigated at this stage - The Paris prosecutor’s office has said that it will not open an investigation, at this stage, following accusation of rape against France’s newly appointed Solidarity Minister Damien Abad. The reason is reportedly due to “lack of information allowing the victim of the facts to be identified and, therefore, unable of proceeding to a hearing". Since the accusations appeared, Damien Abad has dismissed the charges.

Sainte Maxime World Oceans Day - The town of Sainte Maxime in the Var, is calling for volunteers to come and participate in cleaning the beaches on June 8th as part of World Oceans Day. June 8th is World Oceans Day. Last year, the city participated seeing major cleaning and waste collection operation.

Heavy traffic - Bison Futé has warned of heavy traffic jams on the region’s roads today due to the long weekend break. Today Thursday 26th May is classified as red throughout France and it’s advisable to avoid the A8 motorway, between Aix-en-Provence and Fréjus, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday and Saturday are expected to be easier, but the situation will deteriorate on Sunday which is classified as a black day as everyone rreturns to head back to work on Monday. The main advice is to return to big cities before noon and in our region to avoid the A8 motorway, between Fréjus and Aix-en-Provence, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fine weather across France for long weekend - And Meteo France has forecast fine weather across France for the Ascension weekend, the only long weekend in May this year. Temperatures are expected to continue to rise especially around the Mediterranean with up to 31°C in Marseille.

Cannes Film Festival - The red carpet of the film "Elvis" at the 75th Cannes Film Festival attracted many famous faces on Wednesday including American actor Tom Hanks. The film directed by Baz Lurhmann is being presented out of competition. In 'Elvis,' viewers will only have eyes for Austin Butler, who takes on the challenge of playing the 'King' who died at