French and Riviera News Thursday June 2nd 2022


French President in Marseille today - French President Emmanuel Macron is to visit Marseille today Thursday 2nd June, alongside the government’s new Education Minister, Pap Ndiaye. The visit is to promote "the school of the future” project which was launched back in September 2021 as part of the “Marseille en Grand” plan. The Head of State "will visit the Menpenti school and its mathematics laboratory, an innovative educational project, set up as part of the 'school of the future'.

Feminicide in Nice - A mother has been killed by her companion in Nice. The incident occurred on Wednesday morning shortly after 8am in the Negresco residence, a condominium of 112 apartments adjoining the famous hotel on the Promenade des Anglais. It was the couple's 9-year-old child who notified the police calling the emergency services after witnessing the scene of violence. Her mother a 35-year-old Russian, had just been stabbed by her father. The attacker, 52, of Russian nationality, also injured, was quickly arrested by the police in the building located not far from Villa Masséna. Writing on his Twitter account the mayor of Nice said "I want to express my pain and my emotion following a feminicide this morning in Nice. The victim was allegedly killed by her companion who was arrested by the police. It was their child who warned the police. A terrible drama which must be punished with extreme severity”. Four feminicides have been reported in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region since the beginning of the year, 46 in France.

Ministers are heard in front of committee - France’s Interior and Sports Ministers have appeared before of the upper house of the French parliament committee facing questions about the security at the Champions League Final held in Paris last Saturday. Gerald Darmanin admitted there had been shortcomings and apologised to the Liverpool fans, especially for the use of tear gas against children. He said "clearly things could have been organised better. It is evident that this celebration of sport was ruined, and we very much regret the troubles which were sometimes unacceptable”. The scenes have caused renewed tensions between France and Britain, whose ties are already strained, and have become a domestic political headache for the French government less than two weeks before parliamentary elections. The minister went on to say that 110,000 people were "in and around" the stadium -- exceeding its capacity by 35,000 -- and that as many as 70 percent of tickets were found to be fraudulent by staff at the first security checkpoints. Gerald Darman