French and Riviera News Tuesday 14th June 2022

News

Heatwave - The French government has called on prefects and school heads to be attentive in the face of the current heatwave. Indeed, Meteo France has forecast 37 degrees in the shade today in Bordeaux and on Monday June 13th, Marseille beat a 20-year record for this time of year, reaching 36.6 degrees.  As baccalaureate exams are due to start today with further exams on June 15th and 16th France’s Interior Minister has warned that temperatures of up to 40 degrees are expected across France over the coming days.  

Forest fires - Nearly 200 hectares have been destroyed in forest fires between Alès and Nîmes. Several fires affected nearly 200 hectares of vegetation, on Monday with emergency services remaining on site overnight.  In Grau-du-Roi, a fire broke out at midday at the Espiguette campsite which extends over 42 hectares and is one of the largest in Europe. 60 bungalows were destroyed in the blaze and nearly 50 people were evacuated. No injuries were deplored. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

In Serviers-et-Labaume, near Alès, 100 hectares were destroyed. Nearly 100 firefighters from the Gard were mobilized. And in Lédenon, near Nîmes, 65 hectares of undergrowth was destroyed. 70 firefighters from the Gard were deployed with reinforcements from the Vaucluse and the Bouches-du-Rhône.

EasyJet pilots warn of cancellations this summer - French pilots of the British low-cost company EasyJet have, in a letter to their management, warned of the risk of thousands of flight cancellations this summer due to the lack of staff. The pilots are particularly concerned about the lack of staff, "mainly among the hostesses and stewards as well as some captains". There have already been disruptions in certain European airports due to the lack of staff and while easyJet continues to operate around 1,700 flights and carries around a quarter of a million customers each day, the current operating environment continues to have an impact resulting in the cancellation already of a small proportion of flights.

#IlsOntLaSolution – Meanwhile, for the past three months, Nice Côte d'Azur airport has been handing over some of the banned products which are taken from passengers during boarding checks and donating them to the Restos du Cœur. As part of an initiative entitled #IlsOntLaSolution, the aim is to avoid waste and help those in need. Since 2006, for security reasons, any container of more than 100 millilitres is prohibited during flights this includes bottles of water, alcohol but also perfumes and other toiletries. Since 2006 tons of products have been confiscated before going in the bin or being destroyed. Nice airport says that 120,000 objects and foodstuffs have been removed from luggage. The current agreement between Nice airport and the Restos du Cœur is a first at a national level. For the past three months, twice a week, volunteers have come to collect between 70 and 100 kilos of products which will then be redistributed.

At present the system is only operational at Terminal 2. Negotiations are underway with the security company that manages Terminal 1, which is different from that of T2. If an agreement is reached, the collection could double in volume. Nice airport is the second in France after Paris with more than 13 million passengers (2017 figures). But ideally, such an initiative should be generalized to all airports.

Deputy director of municipal police of Nice placed in police custody – The deputy director of the municipal police of Nice has been placed in police custody accused of domestic violence. The acting deputy director was placed in police custody on Monday suspected of domestic violence, no further details have yet been given.

Bouncer stabbed in Antibes - A bouncer has been stabbed in Antibes in the port district. The incident occurred when an individual was refused entry to an establishment. The security guard was stabbed twice and was taken to hospital where he was reportedly in a stable condition. Police have opened an investigation to determine the exact circumstances.

Residents without internet - Residents of Roquefort-les-Pins have said they are “going crazy” after still being without the internet for a week. Last Tuesday, a construction site digger had inadvertently cut Orange's underground fibre optic cables leaving households without a connection. In Valbonne and Roquefort-les-Pins there are 2,300 households, subscribed to Orange.

Business

Shares have fallen sharply in Asia and America. On Monday the Paris Stock Exchange continued to drop to new lows with the CAC 40 dropping another 2.67%, its biggest drop since May 9th, after having signed its worst week since the invasion of Ukraine. Since the beginning of the year, the CAC 40 has dropped more than 15%. The more inflation increases, the more central banks will have to restrict credit, at the risk of further weighing down the economy, already threatened by a geopolitical crisis.

Meanwhile, the week started in the red for the main cryptocurrencies with the price of Bitcoin dropping below $24,000, a level which it hadn’t experienced since December 2020. Monday afternoon saw the queen of cryptocurrencies, bitcoin, fall by more than 13% since Sunday, trading at less than 24,000 dollars. The asset has lost 65% of its value compared to its all-time high last November at $69,000.

Elon Musk will speak to Twitter employees on Thursday for the first time since launching his $44bn (£36.2bn) bid for the company in April. The multi-billionaire Tesla boss is expected to take questions from Twitter's workers at the meeting. Mr Musk has warned he may quit the deal if the firm fails to provide data about fake accounts on the platform.

And Amazon says it will begin delivering parcels to shoppers by drone for the first time later this year, pending final regulatory approval. Users in the Californian town of Lockeford will be able to sign up to have thousands of goods delivered by air to their homes.  The shopping giant has promised drone delivery for years but has faced delays and reported setbacks. But it said it planned to roll out the service more widely after Lockeford.

Sport

Football - France's hopes of retaining the Nations League title are over after a home defeat by Croatia which means they cannot reach next year's finals. France lost 1-0 to Croatia on Monday night. Meanwhile, Australia became the 31st team to book their place at the 2022 World Cup after beating Peru 5-4 on penalties. This evening England play Hungary.

Cricket - England's second Test against New Zealand is set for a "classic" finish.  The home side picked up three wickets late on the fourth day at Trent Bridge.

Formula One - Lewis Hamilton says he will be at the Canadian Grand Prix and "wouldn't miss it for the world" despite experiencing pain in Sunday's race. Hamilton had said he was "worried" about the upcoming race in Montreal following what he described as "the toughest race" of his career.

Tennis - Five-time champion Andy Murray has withdrawn from Queen's because of an abdominal strain he picked up in the Stuttgart final on Sunday. Murray had a scan on Monday afternoon in London and has decided to skip Queen’s after it revealed the level of the damage. Murray hopes to be fit enough to play at Wimbledon, which starts on 27 June.

What’s On Guide

TAF The Animal Fund are holding an event called “Swim for the Whales”. The event is to emphasize the huge importance whales have on our ecosystems and on our survival. Everyone is welcome to attend and hear about the whale’s role for humanity and have a swim and relax on the beach. There is also the possibility for a clean up for those who wish. The event is from 10am to midday on Sunday the 19th June at the plage Rondelli in Menton.

There's a Zoom seminar on dementia – the condition and how to manage it – with local English-speaking professionals. It's a joint venture between St John’s Church in St Raphael and the British Associaton of the Var and it's taking place this Wednesday 15 June at 1pm. Please contact chaplain.straphael@gmail.com for a link.

Next Tuesday it's the 21st of June which means it's the Fete de la Musique. There'll be lots of live music to enjoy, including a concert by famous French electro house DJ The Avener taking place in Biot. You can enjoy finger food and electro-house music in a relaxed atmosphere. It's at 7.30pm on the 21st at the Mouratoglou Resort, 3550 route des Dolines in Biot. For more information you can call 04 92 96 68 78.

A new group exhibition by five artists in residency at A.I.R Vallauris is taking place until this Wednesday 15 June. A.I.R. Vallauris is a non-profit cultural association and artist residency programme. For 20 years it's been welcoming international artists from all walks of life to meet and collaborate with local artists and to research and create new work. The exhibition's taking place at the Atelier A.I.R. Vallauris, 21 avenue de Cannes, 06220 Vallauris.

Weather

Clear skies light winds. Highs of 27 degrees in Monaco, Nice and Cannes. 28 degrees in Saint Tropez and the Var. This evening going down to 21 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for tomorrow and Thursday, Meteo France has issued a heatwave alert which will affect much of France from tomorrow. In coastal areas of the Var and the Alpes Maritimes daytime temperatures are expected to be between 32-34 degrees reaching 34-38 degrees inland.

Sea temperature:    22 degrees                 UV level:           9

Sunrise:             05.47hr                       Sunset:     21.13hr

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