French and Riviera News Tuesday 14th June 2022


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.