French and Riviera News Thursday 3rd November 2022


Weather warning - The Alpes-Maritimes and the Var region have been placed on a yellow weather alert due to the risk of heavy rain and flooding. The warning is in place from 2pm this afternoon. Meteo France warns that the equivalent of a month of rain could fall in just a few hours.

Train traffic remains disrupted - Meanwhile, train traffic between Nice and Ventimiglia remains disrupted today after a tree fell on the track in bad weather which hit the region on Tuesday. SNCF say that their teams are on site, but delays and cancellations are to be expected.

Water network – The water network in Saint-Maximin has been interrupted following Tuesday’s storm with drinking water being temporarily cut off while maintenance work is carried out.

In other news locally

Mayor of Nice opposes migrant project - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has opposed a proposal from French President Emmanuel Macron to allow migrant settlements in rural areas. In a press release published on Wednesday the mayor indicated his "opposition" to the project which, according to him, "would only aggravate problems in rural areas”. Estrosi went on to say that the “door is open to migrants but that there must be a dialogue with local elected officials”.

New law on asylum and immigration - It was on Wednesday that the French government proposed a new law on asylum and immigration introducing a series of measures that would streamline deportations of those who have been ordered to leave France. It comes weeks after a 12-year-old girl was murdered in Paris by an Algerian woman who had been ordered to leave France a few months earlier because she had overstayed a student visa. France delivers about 120,000 removal orders each year, but only deports 10 percent of them – a number that has been particularly criticised by the far-right.

Extraordinary auction - More than 1,200 potential buyers have signed up to take part in an “extraordinary sale” being organised by France’s Finance ministry. The auction, which will be held in Paris will feature platinum bars seized en route to the UK, designer handbags, valuable historic coins, several collections of uncut diamonds and 2,016 bottles of vodka all seized by French customs. There are 350 lots valued collectively at about €1m.

Hotel Negresco initiates children to art - The Hotel Negresco has opened its doors to children to introduce them to art. For the second time this year, the emblematic hotel has organized workshops for children aged 4 to 10.  The event is produced in collaboration with Art Kids Comp