French and Riviera News Thursday 29th September 2022

News

Strike action - Transport, schools and public services across France face widespread disruption as unions call for strike action today in protest against pension reforms and the cost-of-living crisis. More than 200 demonstrations are planned. Unions and several youth organisations rally under the banner “increase wages, not the retirement age".  SNCF railway employees have been asked to join, increasing the chance of train cancellations. Some truck drivers and maritime workers will be taking part as will some creche workers, kindergarten and primary school teachers. Some refinery workers employed by TotalEngergies will strike to demand salary increases as well as the “unfreezing of hiring” and “a massive investment plan”.  Not all unions are joining the strike movement though, with notable absences including France’s largest union, the CFDT, the Force Ouvrière and Unsa unions.

New scam - A new scam is spreading via SMS. This time, it tells you that your Netflix account is going to be suspended, due to non-payment or that your subscription is about to expire. Each time, the SMS comes from a 06 or 07 number and sends you to a site that uses the Netflix logo making it easy to be fooled. Netflix has reportedly set up a help page to help you determine if it is a scam or not. Note that Netflix will never notify you that your payment has been declined, via SMS. Just as they will never ask you by email or SMS for card numbers, bank details or passwords.

Investigation - Investigations have been opened after a man was shot by police in Marseille. Local reports say that the man walked into a police station in the 15th arrondissement and threatened to stab himself before running towards a market. Police then confronted him and shot him in the abdomen. The man is now in hospital, but his life is not in danger.

Family planning toll-free number - The Alpes Maritimes Family Planning has set up a toll-free number 0800 08 11 11 with the intention of providing quality care and information for voluntary pregnancy terminations. Figures show that in 2020 22,424 abortions were performed in the Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur region, making it the region with the highest abortion rate in metropolitan France.

Monaco Yacht Show - The 2022 Monaco Yacht Show got underway on Wednesday with visitors able to see the most exciting yachts launched in the past year and more. Since 1991, the show has enjoyed the recognition and support of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. The show is on until Sunday October 1st.

Business

Stock markets in Asia and the US have risen afte