French and Riviera News Tuesday 11th July 2023

News

Search continues for missing toddler - Police have called for any witnesses to come forward as the search in the Alpes de Haute Provence, for two-year-old Emile continues. The toddler disappeared from his grandparents’ home on Saturday afternoon and police, along with volunteers, have launched a major search in the region since. A photo of the young boy has been released. Emile has brown eyes and blond hair. He is 90 centimetres tall and was wearing a yellow top, white shorts and hiking shoes. Anyone with any information is invited to call 04.92.36.73.00.

Bathing in French capital by 2025 - The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has confirmed that three river bathing areas are to open in the city in 2025. Hidalgo has said she wants swimming in the Seine to be a “major legacy” of the 2024 Paris Olympics, in which the river is to feature as the scene of the opening ceremony and in three aquatic events, including the triathlon.

Air pollution alert - An air pollution alert has been put in place for both the Var and the Alpes Maritimes this Tuesday 11th July. The prefecture has triggered the level 1 alert procedure. Concentrations of fine particles are predicted to increase in several other departments in the region from today and for the days to come. The Monaco government has said that the information threshold for Ozone pollution is likely to be reached today. The government recommends that vulnerable or sensitive people limit intense physical and sporting activities outdoors. The full list of recommendations can be found on https://www.gouv.mc/Action-Gouvernementale/L-Environnement/Actualites/Pollution-a-l-Ozone-Procedure-d-INFORMATION-au-public

Forest areas - Meanwhile, access to certain forests areas in the Var has been limited due to the severe fire risk.  The prefecture has reminded the public that in order to prevent forest fires, access to the Var massifs is regulated throughout the summer.

Marseille - Ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games, the southern harbour of Marseille is hosting preparatory sailing events until next Sunday. The "Test Event" brings together all the international teams. For the event, the systems and regulations planned for the Olympics are being fully implemented. The maritime prefect of the Mediterranean is in charge of safety and security at sea during the event and various regulations have been put in place. The prefecture said that that whereas other events of this magnitude have involved the complete closure of the area of water, significant efforts have been made in Marseille to allow many activities to continue during this period.

Business

Easyjet has confirmed it has cancelled 1,700 flights as people prepare to travel on their summer holidays. The airline has axed flights during July, August and September, travelling to and from Gatwick airport.

Easyjet blamed constrained airspace over Europe and ongoing air traffic control difficulties, which are causing regular cancellations.

The company said 95% of affected passengers had been rebooked onto alternative flights.

Meanwhile, the British low-cost airline has reportedly experienced an unusual delay on a Lanzarote-Liverpool flight when the plane was declared too heavy, and the captain asked 19 passengers to get off in exchange for financial compensation. The incident occurred last Wednesday with the pilot informing passengers that the total weight was a concern. Those who volunteered to get off the plane were offered up to 500 euros in compensation.

According to the boss of Instagram Threads is looking into adding an alternative home feed, of only posts, in chronological order, from the people each individual user follows. Threads was billed as an "initial version" at launch and the company has signalled more features are to come. Other features "on the list", according to Instagram, include: an ability to edit posts, translation into different languages and making it easy to switch between different Threads accounts.

And – London Underground has announced more strike action this month. The trade union for train drivers, ASLEF, announced it is to stage walkouts on Wednesday 26th July and Friday 28th July.

Sport

Tennis - Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz are through to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, Djokovic has urged Wimbledon to re-think its start times as he prepares to play for the third day in a row. Play starts each day at 13:00 BST on Court One and 13:30 on Centre, with a 23:00 curfew resulting in some matches being suspended until the next day. Novak said that he thought matches could be pushed at least to start at 12:00.

Football- Free agent Ashley Young has agreed to join Everton and is scheduled to have a medical today after leaving Aston Villa this summer. Young's contract at Villa Park expired and BBC Sport understands he held talks with Luton, while there was also interest from Saudi Arabia.

Weather

Clear skies with a gentle breeze, highs of 29 degrees in Nice, Monaco and Menton. 30 degrees in Cannes with light winds. 31 degrees in Toulon and 29 degrees in Saint Tropez.

This evening going down to 22 degrees along the coast and 18 degrees inland with clear skies. The outlook for tomorrow and Thursday – remaining fine highs of 29-32 degrees.

Sunrise 05.58am

Sunset 09.12pm

Beach weather forecast

Nice – Sea temperature is 26 degrees. Air temperature is 29 degrees. UV level is 10.

Saint Tropez – Sea temperature is 22 degrees. Air temperature is 30 degrees. UV level is 10.

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