French and Riviera News Thursday 4th September 2023

News

Shooting in Marseille - A man in his thirties has been shot dead in Marseille in the 13th arrondissement. The shooting occurred at around 7.30pm on Wednesday evening, the victim was targeted while returning to his vehicle parked on the chemin de Château-Gombert. According to police the victim had recently been released from prison where he was serving a sentence for complicity in a murder committed in the same district of the city in 2015. Since the beginning of the year, 18 people have been shot dead in Marseille, in settling of accounts, mainly linked to drug trafficking. Wednesday fatal shooting came as a white march was organized in the La Joliette district, in tribute to the victims of fatal shootings in the city and in particular a 16-year-old boy killed a month ago.  

Marseille en grand – Meanwhile, as part of the "Marseille en grand" project announced by French President Emmanuel Macron, 300 additional police officers are to be assigned to Marseille. Thirty of them have arrived this week to take up their duties on May 9th. After a week of preparation and integration, they will take up their duties on Tuesday May 9th in the three divisions in Marseille and in the departmental services in the fight against delinquency. 

State of natural disaster – In other news, the prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes has published the 47 communes in the Alpes Maritimes which will benefit from the declaration by the French government of a “state of natural disaster” in 2022. "

The 47 communes in the Alpes Maritimes are.

• Antibes -  1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Aspremont - 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022
• Auribeau-sur-Siagne - 1 July 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Bar-sur-Loup (Le) - 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Berre-les-Alpes - 1 Janvier 2022 to 31 December 2022
• Biot - du 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Bollène-Vésubie (La) - 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022
• Broc (Le) - 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Cagnes-sur-Mer - 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Cannet (Le) - 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Cantaron - 1 January 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Carros - 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022
• Châteauneuf-Grasse -  1 July 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Colle-sur-Loup (La) – 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Contes – 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022
• Coursegoules – 1 January 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Escragnolles - 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Falicon - 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Gattières - 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Gaude (La) - 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Gilette - 1 January 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Grasse - 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Levens - 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022
• Mandelieu-la-Napoule - 1 July 2022 to 31 December 2022
• Mouans-Sartoux -  1 July 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Opio -  1 July 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Pégomas - 1 July 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Peymeinade -  1 July 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Pierrefeu -  1 January 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Puget-Théniers -  1 January 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Roquefort-les-Pins -  1 July 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Roquette-sur-Siagne (La) -  1 July 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Rouret (Le) - 1 July 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Saint-André-de-la-Roche - 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Saint-Jeannet - 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Saint-Laurent-du-Var - 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Saint-Paul-de-Vence – 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Sainte-Agnès - 1 January 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Tournefort - 1 January 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Tourrette-Levens - 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022
• Trinité (La) - 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Turbie (La) - 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Valbonne - 1 July 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Vallauris - 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Vence - 1 avril 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Villefranche-sur-Mer - 1 avril 2022 to 30 September 2022
• Villeneuve-Loubet - 1 avril 2022 to 30 September 2022

Claims of any losses suffered must be made to insurance companies within 30 days of the publication of the decree in order to benefit from the compensation scheme.  Meanwhile, in the Var region 103 municipalities have been recognized as a “state of natural disaster” due to drought in 2022. Again, claims must be made within thirty days. 

List of 103 communes in the Var.

Les Adrets de l’Estérel, Aiguines, Ampus, Artignosc-sur-Verdon, Artigues, Aups, Bagnols-en-Forêt, Bargemon, La Bastide, 
Baudinard-sur-Verdon, Bauduen, Le Beausset, Bras, Brenon, Brignoles, Brue-Auriac, Cabasse, Callas, Callian, Camps-la-Source,Le Castellet, La Celle,Châteauvert, Claviers, Collobrières,Comps-sur Artuby, Cotignac, La Crau, Cuers, Draguignan, Entrecasteaux, Esparron, La Farlède, Fayence, Figanières, Flassans-sur-Issole, Flayosc, Forcalqueiret, Fréjus, La Garde, Garéoult,Ginasservis,
Gonfaron, Hyères, Lorgues, Les Mayons, Méounes-lès-Montrieux, 
Moissac-Bellevue,La Môle, Montauroux, Montferrat, Montfort-sur-Argens, Montmeyan, La Motte, Le Muy, Nans-les-Pins, Néoules, 
Ollières, Ollioules, Pierrefeu-du-Var, Plan-d’Aups-Sainte-Baume,
Pourcieux, Pourrières, Le Pradet, Puget-Ville, Régusse, Le Revest-les-Eaux, Rians, Rocbaron, La Roque-Esclapon, Roquebrune-sur-Argens, La Roquebrussanne, Rougiers, Saint-Antonin-du-Var, Saint-Julien, Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, Saint-Paul-en-Forêt,Saint-Raphaël, Saint-Zacharie, Sainte-Anastasie-sur-Issole, Salernes, Sanary-sur-Mer, Seillans,Seillons-Source-d’Argens, La Seyne-sur-Mer, Six-Fours-les-Plages,Solliès-Pont,Solliès-Toucas, Solliès-Ville, Taradeau, Tavernes, Le Thoronet, Toulon, Tourrettes,Tourtour,Tourves,Trans-en-Provence, Le Val, La Valette-du-Var, Varages,La Verdière, Vidauban, Villecroze.

New mayor for Toulon - Toulon has a new mayor. Josee Massi has been appointed to the post after a decision by a court on the ineligibility of former mayor Hubert Falco. Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi offered his congratulations, wishing her "full success in her new role".

SNCF - The SNCF has said that it is aiming to double the number of people using its TGV Ouigo trains by 2030. The service, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, is aiming to expand into other European countries, particularly Spain where it already operates Ouigo trains between Madrid and Barcelona.

Summer Sales - The date for this year’s summer sales are to change and unlike the last 20 years the same date will be set in the Alpes-Maritimes and the rest of France, starting on Wednesday June 28th.

Cannes Film Festival – American actor Michael Douglas is to receive an honorary Palme d'or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The 78-year-old actor, a regular at the Festival will receive an honorary Palme d'or at the opening ceremony on May 16th.

Business

Heathrow travellers are being warned they could face disruption as security officers begin a new series of strikes today Thursday 4th September. Staff who are members of the Unite union will walk out from 4-6 May, with other strikes planned for 9-10 May and 25-27 May. Heathrow bosses are advising people to check their flight status before going to the airport.

Asian investors have joined a series of landmark international lawsuits being filed against the Swiss government over its handling of the takeover of troubled bank Credit Suisse. In March, Swiss authorities forced Credit Suisse to merge with larger rival UBS amid fears it could collapse. The move rendered worthless $17bn (£13.5bn) of bonds held by investors.

The US central bank has raised interest rates to the highest level in 16 years as it battles to stabilise prices. The Federal Reserve increased its key interest rate by 0.25 percentage points - its 10th hike in 14 months. The Fed signalled that Wednesday's rise may be its last one for now.

And - Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram Meta has been accused of not putting proper parental controls in place by the top US data privacy regulator the FTC. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also said Meta should be banned from making money from children's data. In a statement the company said that "Meta’s recklessness has put young users at risk, and Facebook needs to answer for its failures”. Meta hit back, calling the regulator's move a "political stunt" and accusing it of overstepping its authority.

Sport

Football – Norwegian footballer Erling Haaland has broken the Premier League record for goals in a season as Manchester City returned to the top of the table by beating West Ham 3-0 last night.  The Norwegian is now on 51 in all competitions, 12 behind Dixie Dean's all-time English record, with a potential nine games still to play.

Also in last night’s action Liverpool managed a 1-0 win over Fulham but boss Jurgen Klopp said that despite a fifth straight win Liverpool’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League were not realistic.

This evening in the Premier League Brighton are at home to Manchester United. Kick off is at 9pm French time.

Cricket - According to the England and Wales Cricket Board former England batter Gary Ballance should be fined £8,000 and banned for eight weeks for using racist language at Yorkshire. Ballance is one of six former Yorkshire players found to have use racist slurs at the club by the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) panel in March. Ballance, who retired earlier this month, admitted the charge against him.

Formula One - Russian racing driver Nikita Mazepin has begun High Court action against Foreign Secretary James Cleverly to get British sanctions against him lifted. Mazepin and his father Dmitry were sanctioned by the UK, Canada and European Union in March 2022 following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Rugby Union - Scotland lock Jonny Gray has dislocated his kneecap and "is a major doubt" for the World Cup in France. The 29-year-old, capped 77 times by his country, sustained the injury during Exeter's Champions Cup semi-final defeat by La Rochelle on Sunday. The Scots' first World Cup match is against South Africa on 10 September.

Tennis - British number one Emma Raducanu will miss the French Open and Wimbledon while she recovers from hand and ankle surgery "for the next few months". Raducanu, 20, has been hampered by a series of injuries since her stunning 2021 US Open victory.

Weather

Sunny with a gentle breeze. Highs of 20 degrees in Monaco, Nice, Cannes and Antibes. 21 degrees in Vence and 23 degrees in Marseille. This evening going down to 13 degrees along the coast and 9 degrees inland with clear skies.

The outlook for Friday and heading into the weekend remaining fine highs of 19-20 degrees along the coast and 22-23 inland in the Var and the Alpes Maritimes.

Sunrise       06.18am

Sunset        08.36pm

Sea temperature: 16 degrees 

UV level 0

And Finally

The Coronation Quiche seems to have hit a stumbling block, days before the big event, after French food experts have insisted that the dish isn't actually a quiche but is, instead, a tart. Experts from the area of Lorraine, where the dish gained prominence, have insisted that there is only one kind of quiche and that is a Quiche Lorraine.

This is not the first time such a claim has been made for a dish which has commonly been made in British kitchens since the 14th century.  Speaking to The Times, Évelyne Muller-Dervaux, who claims to be the grand master of the Brotherhood of the Quiche Lorraine, said: 'I think I would call it a savoury tart.'

 

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