French and Riviera News Thursday 9th June 2022


Fatal road accident - A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a heavy goods vehicle in Grasse. The accident occurred on Wednesday shortly after 5.30pm on the Avenue Félix-Raybaud. The exact circumstances of the collision remain to be determined. Despite the intervention of the emergency services, the man in his fifties was declared dead at the scene.

Strike action to affect flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle - Due to a strike, a quarter of flights departing from Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport will be cancelled this morning Thursday 9th June. The strike action is by the airport staff who are demanding salary increases. The Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGAC) has asked companies to reduce their number of flights between 7am and 2pm, at a time when several European airports have recently faced enormous difficulties in managing travellers due to a lack of staff.

No public swimming pool in Annot this summer due to drought - The town of Annot, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, has announced that it will, this summer, do without its public swimming pool, which is usually open from June to the end of August. The move comes due to the “worrying” drought situation in the region.

Access to forest areas prohibited due to risk of forest fires - Meanwhile, access to forest areas in the Var remains closed today Thursday 9th June, following a ban by the prefecture at midday on Wednesday due to the risk of forest fires. With the extremely dry conditions and wind forecast today the authorities say the risk is high and specify that all access, traffic and parking in these areas throughout the Var is prohibited.

Number of burglaries in the Alpes Maritimes - France’s Ministry of the Interior has unveiled statistics on the number of burglaries in the main municipalities of the Alpes-Maritimes in 2021, as well as their evolution since 2016. With the number burglaries declining from 6,789 in 2017 to 3,324 in 2021 the data showed that in 2021 Opio topped the list for the most burglaries with nearly 8 burglaries per 1,000 inhabitants, ahead of Mougins (7.8) and Eze (7.3). Nice is in 6th position with 6.9 burglaries per 1,000 inhabitants.

Europe switches to 100% electric cars in 2035 - According to a text adopted by the European Parliament on Wednesday, motorists and manufacturers, will have to change their habits as Europe switches to 100% electric cars in 2035. After months of debate and intense lobbying, MEPs voted to end the sale of (new) petrol, diesel and hybrid cars in 2035. Petrol and diesel vehicles will still be ab