French and Riviera News Tuesday 17th May 2022


France has a new Prime Minister - Three weeks after Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the second round of elections France has a new Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne. Appointed on Monday evening as Jean Castex stepped down, the arrival of a woman at the head of the government is almost unprecedented in France, only Edith Cresson had held the position 30 years ago. Minister since 2017 and until now Employment minister Borne will maintain her candidacy in Calvados for the parliamentary elections in June. Elisabeth Borne began her career in 1987 and in February said on French television "I am a woman of the left. Social justice and equal opportunity are what I fight for”.

May is likely to be the hottest ever observed in France - According to Météo France the month of May is likely to be the hottest ever observed in France. With temperatures rising above 30 degrees in several regions this week and possibly reaching 34 degrees tomorrow and Thursday it could be the hottest month ever observed, and almost the driest. Since the beginning of April, more and more prefects have issued water restriction orders in the face of fears of drought in the weeks and months to come. Some cities such as Lyon could experience at least five consecutive days with temperatures exceeding 30 degrees, an extremely rare event for the month of May: it had only been observed once in the last century, in May 1945. "As a result, May 2022 is on track to break the record for the hottest month of May in mainland France”.

Grenoble authorises the wearing of the burkini - The local council of Grenoble has authorized the wearing of the burkini in municipal swimming pools. On Monday the mayor Eric Piolle opened the session by denouncing "the injunctions on women's bodies" as the city council gave the green light. He received the support of personalities including feminists who believe in a recent forum that "no one should be stigmatized because of their choice of clothing". But for opponents, the burkini is a blatant symbol of oppression of women and is similar to the full veil that the Taliban have just reimposed on women in Afghanistan.

Man shot dead at the wheel of his car - Police in Corsica have opened an investigation after a 59-year-old man was shot dead at the wheel of his car in Bastia. The victim was reported leaving home to go to work when he was targeted.

Court rules in favour of beach restaurant of Ramatuelle - The administrative court of Marseille has ruled that the manager of the well-known beach restaurant the “Plage des Jumeaux” in