French and Riviera News Tuesday 11th October 2022


Petrol shortages - Filling jerrycans with petrol will be banned throughout France. Until now the ban has only been introduced in the Var region. On Monday France’s Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne met with four ministers to "take stock of the state of discussions" between companies and unions concerning the shortages. Strike movement has been renewed until today Tuesday 11th October, when nearly a third of the stations, all groups combined, are affected by fuel shortages.

Hunting accident - There has been a new hunting accident in the town of Pommiers, in the Beaujolais. On Sunday an 80-year-old hunter accidentally shot and injured a 33-year-old mother and her 7- and 10-year-old children. They were hit in the legs by pellets, while the family was walking through the vineyards in the early afternoon. All three were airlifted and hospitalized suffering slight injuries. The man was taken into custody for a few hours on Sunday. He explained that he was dazzled by the sun. Meanwhile another hunting accident also took place on Sunday in the Drôme, in Vinsobres when a 62-year-old man, who was picking mushrooms, was seriously injured in the stomach and taken to hospital.

West-Nile virus - Two inhabitants of the Var and one in the Bouches-du-Rhône have been infected with the West-Nile virus which is transmitted by mosquitoes. In a press release the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Regional Health Agency (ARS) said three people have been infected with the West-Nile virus. Two live in the Var, in La Garde and Pradet and another in the Bouches-du-Rhône, in Eguilles. The virus is transmitted by the bite of the "common mosquito in metropolitan France", and not the tiger mosquito, which transmits in particular dengue fever, of which several dozen cases have been identified in recent weeks in the region. Mosquitoes can transmit the West-Nile virus when they come into contact with birds infected with this disease. The ARS specifies that “there is no human-to-human transmission, nor transmission of the virus from human to human via the mosquito”. The three infected people are recovering.  Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, muscle aches but can go also cause a skin rash or even neurological complications. Action has been taken in the areas concerned.

Franco-Ukrainian association denounces the Russian bombings - A hundred people have gathered in Nice following a call from the Franco-Ukrainian association of the Côte d'Azur, denouncing the Russian bombings of Ukraine. The gathering took place on Monday evening at Place Masséna.

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