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.

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