French and Riviera News Thursday 30th June 2022


Salah Abdeslam given full-life sentence - The only surviving attacker from the group which carried out the November 2015 Paris attacks has been found guilty of terrorism and murder charges. Salah Abdeslam received a rare full-life sentence for his role in the gun and bomb attacks that killed 130 people. The court also convicted 19 other men involved, six of whom are believed to be dead.

The trial - the biggest in modern French history - began last September. For more than nine months, victims, journalists, and the families of the dead lined up outside the specially-built courtroom in Paris to piece together the story of the worst attack in France since World War Two. The attacks across bars, restaurants, the national football stadium and Bataclan music venue on 13 November 2015 saw hundreds injured alongside those killed.

Investigation opened against French minister - The Paris prosecutor's office has opened an investigation against the Minister of Solidarity for "attempted rape". A complaint had been filed against the minister by a former elected centrist, Monday, June 27th, for facts dating back to 2010. According to her lawyer, the complainant accuses Damien Abad, at the time newly elected MEP, of having tried to impose oral sex on her during an evening in her Parisian home. Meanwhile Damien Abad's lawyers responded that the elected official "takes note of the accusations and will be able to quickly demonstrate his innocence".

Food cheque for millions of households - The French government is planning to distribute a food cheque to millions of households. Government spokesperson Olivia Gregoire said that food cheques will be sent to the 9 million poorest French households. The amount will be 100 euros per household plus 50 euros per child.

Discount on petrol prices could be extended - Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire is considering an extension "until the end of the year" of the 18-cent discount on petrol prices. Implemented in April, the discount could last a little longer than expected. The boost had been decided by former Prime Minister Jean Castex to deal with soaring fuel prices and meant that "for each full 60 litres, the customer saves 9 euros".

TotalEnergies - Meanwhile TotalEnergies has announced a discount of 12 cents per litre at its motorway stations until August 31st. The discount will apply at all motorway service stations in the TotalEnergies network and will be effective from the first litre purchased, with no limit on the amount. The TotalEnergies rebate is in addition to the state rebate of 18 cents per litr