French and Riviera News Tuesday 16th June 2020

Man stabbed in Aix-en-Provence - An 18-year-old man has been stabbed in Aix-en-Provence. The stabbing occurred in the west of the city shortly after 7pm on Monday evening. The victim was taken hospital in Marseille. Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward as they investigate the reason for the attack.

64-year-old dies in car accident - A 64-year-old man has died in a car accident after hitting a tree head on. The accident occurred on Monday evening shortly after 5.30pm on the Chemin de l’Aubarede in Le Cannet.

Emergency services were unable to save the victim as traffic was diverted in the area. Local police have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

Number of deaths on French roads declines - Meanwhile the number of people killed on the roads in France has fallen by 15.6% in May.

May which marked, the last month of lockdown in France saw 205 people die on the roads, 38 less than last year. The months of March and April, during which the French were in lockdown also unsurprisingly marked a spectacular decline.

The drop in the number of deaths mainly concerns motorists, with 52 fewer people killed. Motorcyclists however were on the rise with an additional 21 killed, as well as cyclists with 7 additional deaths compared to May 2019.

Covid-19 testing - After four weeks of testing for Covid-19 the Principalities screening campaign has ended. According to figures almost 35,000 people were tested and less than 1% of the population have been exposed to Covid-19.

For those who may have missed the chance to be tested, all residents and employees in the Principality can still be tested on a voluntary basis and free of charge for four more weeks, on Tuesday the 23rd and 30th June and 7th and 14th July, at the Espace Léo Ferré from 8.30am to 6pm.

Covid-19 vaccines - Meanwhile four European countries, including France have signed a pre-order for millions of Covid-19 vaccines with the British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Designed to provide for all EU members, the doses would be available at the end of 2020 if the group's current trials prove successful.

Cycling paths in Cannes - After a month’s trial the city of Cannes has announced plans to extend the new cycling path which was set up during the lockdown. The path will run from the La Croisette to Palm Beach much to the delight of cyclists.   

Violent clashes in Dijon - France’s Secretary of State to the Minister of the Interior Laurent Nuñez will be in Dijon this morning following three days of violent clashes in the Grésilles district of the city.