French and Riviera News Thursday 4th August 2022


Teenager dies from injuries after being shot at - A teenager has died from his injuries after being shot and wounded on Tuesday in Villeneuve-Loubet. The incident, believed to be a settlement of accounts, occurred near the Intermarché supermarket on the N7. The 16-year-old boy was taken to Pasteur hospital. The investigation into the exact circumstances continues.

Road Accident - Two people have been injured, one seriously after a car hit a wall in Grimaud in the Var. The accident occurred on Wednesday evening at around 7.30pm at La Chapelle Notre Dame de la Queste in Grimaud. The victim reportedly seriously injured was taken to the Sainte-Anne hospital in Toulon.

Pile-up on A8 motorway – Meanwhile, the A8 motorway has been completely paralysed after a pile-up involving four vehicles. A ten kilometres tail back occurred on Wednesday afternoon between Saint-Laurent and Antibes westbound. The incident did not cause any serious injuries.

Var placed on heatwave alert - The Var region has been placed on a yellow heatwave alert today Thursday 4th August, with highs of 37 degrees expected. The Var joins the 43 other departments in southern France placed on a yellow heatwave alert and 26 in orange.

Drought - The prefect of upper Corsica has warned that "there will be no more water in 25 days" at the current rate of water consumption and given the expected weather changes. The prefect said that "each of us can act to save water and reduce the consequences of drought".

Eight people injured following explosion in factory in France - Eight people have been injured, including one seriously following an explosion in a factory in Bergerac in the Dordogne. The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon at around 2pm. According to the Dordogne prefecture, the explosions took place inside a storage building. An investigation to determine the cause is currently underway.

Monkeypox - A total of 2,171 people have been infected with monkeypox in France as a nationwide vaccination programme is currently underway. France’s Health Minister François Braun told the National Assembly that France had been one of the first countries to start offering free vaccinations against the disease. The minister confirmed that 42,000 doses have been delivered so far. The minister added that France has sufficient stocks to vaccinate a target population of about 250,000 people.

Vote in favour - The French National Assembly has voted in favour of the purchasing power bill which aims to ease the effects of recent high inflation. It goes before the senate this evening where