French and Riviera News Thursday 28th July 2022


Missing person - A man has been reported missing between La Tour-sur-Tinée and Lantosque in the Alpes Maritimes. Damien Riposati was last seen several days ago when he left to visit a farmer in a neighbouring village. A search was carried out in the area on Monday, but for the time being he has not been found. The town of Valdeblore has launched an appeal on its Facebook page for anyone who may have seen or have any information to come forward.

Fatal road accident - A motorcyclist has died in a road accident in Cabasse north of Le Luc in the Var. Emergency services intervened on Wednesday afternoon on the RD33 when a motorcycle collided with a car. An investigation has been opened as police. It is not known if the motorist involved fled immediately or left after stopping.

Road deaths in the Var declining – Meanwhile, according to the latest report published, the number of road deaths in the Var department has dropped in 2021 and the number of people killed on French motorways is at its lowest for twenty years.  In 2021, 61 people lost their lives on the roads in the Var, this represents a drop of 16% compared to 2019.

Customs officers in Marseille intercept 20 tonnes of peanuts and 12.8 tonnes of spices - Customs officers in Marseille have intercepted 20 tonnes of peanuts and 12.8 tonnes of spices, contaminated, and deemed to be dangerous. The batch of nearly 20 tonnes of peanuts, originating from the United States, was intended for a professional in the international trade of dried fruits and vegetables based in Marseille. A sample taken by the "Marseille Food Safety" Unit of the Marseille Port customs office, on delivery on July 7th, revealed the presence of a high level of aflatoxins. The lot was immediately destroyed.

Blue sharks - Blue sharks have been spotted near two beaches in the Var on Wednesday morning. The first sighting was off the Port Hélène beach in Hyeres and a little later in Bormes, a few meters from Cabasson beach. In Hyéres a person on a paddle board took a video of the two-metre-long shark while in Bormes it was a swimmer who spotted two fins. Firefighters temporarily closed the beach at Cabasson to confirm the sightings with the objective to protect bathers even if the blue shark is harmless to humans.

Investigation - An investigation is underway, and several boats have been seized after companies running sea excursions to swim with dolphins in the Mediterranean have not respected regulations in place protecting the animals.  For 300 euros per person, three companies on the Côte d'Azur claiming to practice "responsible ecotourism", offer the