French and Riviera News Thursday 7th July 2022


Häagen-Dazs recalls vanilla ice cream - Häagen-Dazs has recalled its “Vanilla Ice Cream” sold in France. The food giant General Mills that own the brand has asked people to throw away the products and contact them. The American group recalled the batches of its vanilla ice creams that it markets in France under the Häagen-Dazs brand after detecting traces of ethylene oxide, a carcinogenic pesticide banned in Europe. A toll-free number is available 08 00 33 32 31. The company specifies that “no other Häagen-Dazs product is affected” and apologises to its customers and consumers for the “inconvenience caused”. A refund will be offered. Ethylene oxide contamination had led to the withdrawal of many products in Europe - including ice cream - between 2020 and 2021, contaminated with this active substance which is classified as carcinogenic and has been banned for food use in the EU since 1991.

Power cut in the Var - 133,000 households in the Var have been affected by a power cut. The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon affecting several municipalities. According to the Electricity Transport Network (RTE), the cut was linked to a control station problem, and would have affected around 133,000 households for one hour. An investigation is in progress and RTE has apologised to its customers for the inconvenience caused.

Memorial service for five-year-old boy killed by an electric scooter - A private memorial service will take place today, a week after a five-year-old Ukrainian boy was killed by an electric scooter on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The Ukrainian community of Nice will gather, with the boy's family, in a city centre church. The child had taken refuge in Nice with his mother after fleeing the war in Ukraine. His father has now been able to leave Ukraine to be with family here on the Riviera. The boy was on a marked pedestrian crossing when the scooter knocked him over. It was travelling at more than 50 kilometres per hour. The scooter rider has been charged with manslaughter.

Wearing a mask will become compulsory - Wearing a mask will become compulsory again from Monday on Lignes d'Azur public transport services throughout the Nice metropolitan area. Mayor Christian Estrosi said a joint decree had been signed with the mayors of other communes that make up the Nice region. It comes after the coronavirus incidence rate in the area grew by 50% in just a week - from 800 to more than 1,300 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The mask requirement applies to buses and trams on the entire Lignes d’Azur network - but not SNCF train services. However,