French and Riviera News Tuesday 12th July 2022


A&E at Nice University Hospital in “critical situation” - The A&E department of Nice University Hospital has warned that it no longer has any beds available. The accident and emergency department announced on Monday evening that it was limiting admissions, due to what it describes as a “critical situation”. The largest emergency service in France declares that out of the hundred beds devoted to emergencies, all are occupied, including thirty by patients over 75 years old. 

Forest fire - The first forest fire of the season in the Vésubie valley has been safely put out by firefighters. 4,000 square metres of forest went up in smoke in the Loda district of Lantosque on Monday morning. The origin of the fire was accidental. Firefighters from Lantosque, Roquebilliere and Saint-Martin-du-Var managed to bring it under control quickly.

Heatwave - As the heatwave gains ground across France, Météo France has warned that high temperatures will last for almost a week. The Southwest will be the most affected with 38 degrees in Toulouse and 37 in Bordeaux. The temperature will also be high further south in Montpellier as well as in La Rochelle, where 35 and 36 degrees are expected.

Several children slightly injured after float crashes during Monaco carnival - Several children have been slightly injured after a float lost control during the Monaco carnival. The incident occurred on Friday July 8th as families lined the streets on the rock of the Principality to celebrate the return of the summer carnival. The float with children on board reportedly crashed into a wall. Five children were taken to hospital. An investigation is underway.

Controls on electric scooters - 110 fines have already been issued in Toulon this year, to people riding electric scooters. Controls have been stepped up in the Var following several fatal accidents in recent weeks in Nice, Marseille and Gassin. Senator of the Alpes-Maritimes Dominique Estrosi-Sassone has recently presented a bill aiming to register electric scooters in a similar way to car registrations.

Call for citizen action following water shortage - Faced with a water shortage, the village of Bargemon in the Var has called for citizen action. For the past week, the village has been unable to supply all households with drinking water. A critical situation that is likely to worsen if the inhabitants do not reduce their consumption. More than 1,000 bottles of water have been distributed daily to Bargemonnais for the past week.

Link between industrial charcuterie and colon cancer - In a report published on Tuesday, the National Food Safety Agency has made a direct link between the presence of nitrites and nitrates in cold cuts, industrial charcuterie such as ham, and the risk of developing colorectal cancer. According to the conclusions of the report, authorities have called for an inventory of all foods and the ingredients that expose the population to nitrites and nitrates. The WHO, in a 2018 publication, indicated that 3,880 colon cancers and 500 stomach cancers were attributable to the consumption of charcuterie in France in 2015.

“Man and the Ocean” - On the release of his new book “Man and the Ocean” HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco has declared that "97% of scientists can’t be wrong”. Throughout the 132 pages, the sovereign reveals his "promise" which has become a priesthood: to raise awareness and alert his contemporaries in the face of lost oceans and his dedication to the blue planet which is in danger.

New public car park - A new public car park with space of 175 vehicles has opened in the northern part of Monaco port - including 10 charging points for electric vehicles. The new facility can be accessed from the Route de la Piscine.. The car park has been named after Louis Chiron, the Monegasque driver who won the third Monaco grand prix in 1931 at the wheel of his Bugatti.

Spiderman - A burglar nicknamed Spiderman, who scaled tall buildings in Monaco to steal from people's apartments, has been jailed. Dressed entirely in black, wearing a hood and attached to each building by rope, he would operate only at night and carried out a series of daring burglaries in 2019, including from a 50th floor apartment in the Tour Odeon. His preferred targets were buildings within a few metres of the border with France. The man, in his 40s and of Lithuanian origin, had been in pre-trial detention since May last year.

Heatwave - As the heatwave gains ground across France, Météo France has warned that high temperatures will last for almost a week. The Southwest will be the most affected with 38 degrees in Toulouse and 37 in Bordeaux. The temperature will also be high further south in Montpellier as well as in La Rochelle, where 35 and 36 degrees are expected.

Four star hotel for cats – A four-star hotel for cats, called Dodo Cat, has opened its doors in Nice. The concept comes from the same owners as La Ronronnerie, the cat cafe that opened on Rue Lépante in 2015. The hotel is entirely dedicated to cats and their well-being. It offers 15 individual rooms, a play area and grooming sessions.


The pound has fallen to a two-year low as the political landscape adds to uncertainty in an economy already under strain. The political situation is adding to the UK's gloomy economic outlook - inflation, the risk of a recession, Brexit, and cost of living pressures are already taking their toll. At the same, this week's important US inflation data sent the dollar surging as investors looked for low-risk currencies.

Shares in Twitter have fallen after Elon Musk announced he was pulling out of a $44bn (£36bn) deal to buy the social media platform. Musk backed away after claiming Twitter failed to provide enough information on the number of spam and fake accounts on the site. Twitter plans to take legal action to make the deal go ahead and has hired a top US law firm.

According to figures from the UN. India is set to become the world's most populous country next year, overtaking China with its 1.4bn people. By this November, the planet will be home to 8bn. But population growth is not as rapid as it used to be. It is now at its slowest rate since 1950 and is set to peak, says the UN, around the 2080s at about 10.4bn though some believe that could happen even sooner.

Heathrow Airport has apologised to passengers caught up in recent travel chaos but warned that more flights could be cancelled. The UK's largest airport asked airlines to remove 61 flights from Monday's schedules, as it seeks to cope with soaring demand and staff shortages. Heathrow's boss John Holland-Kaye said the airport would request "further action if necessary". Tens of thousands of UK passengers have been affected by travel disruption.


Football - England produced a sensational, record-breaking performance to stun rivals Norway as they progressed to the knockout stages of the European Women's Championship as group winners.

And Wayne Rooney has agreed to return to Major League Soccer side DC United as the club's new head coach. England's record goal scorer Rooney stood down as Derby County manager last month.

Rugby Union - England flanker Sam Underhill will not be available for Saturday's series decider against Australia after being withdrawn from the squad because of concussion along with lock Maro Itoje.

Golf - Rory McIlroy says it is "great" Tiger Woods is at the 150th Open Championship even if the American has been joking about out his St Andrews superiority. Woods has won two of his three Open titles at the Old Course and missed last month's US Open in an effort to be fit to play at the home of golf.

Formula One - Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone will be charged with fraud by false representation following an investigation into overseas assets believed to be worth more than £400m. The 91-year-old spent 40 years as the head of F1 before being removed as its chief executive officer in 2017.


Sunny with a gentle breeze, highs of 28-29 degrees in Monaco, Nice, Cannes and Saint Tropez. This evening going down to 21 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for Wednesday and Thursday - Fine and sunny, highs of 29-31 degrees. 

Sea Temperature:   22 degrees       UV Level:           9

Sunrise:             05.59hr                       Sunset:     21.11hr

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