French and Riviera News Tuesday 1st November 2022


Arrests made during Halloween celebrations - Several incidents have broken out in Cannes, Grasse and Nice during Halloween celebrations. Seven arrests were made throughout the night and along the Côte d’Azur after fireworks were set off and police were threatened. Local MP of the Alpes Maritimes Eric Ciotti declared that police in Nice were confronted by “violent individuals who burnt cars and wanted to fight". One local official deplored the behaviour saying that “Halloween is supposed to be a party, a party for children and not when police become a target”.

Weather warning - Meteo France has issued a yellow weather warning for wind and rain in the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes this morning, making them two of 56 departments across France under a yellow weather warning. The warning was issued from 6am to midday in the Var and from 8am to midday in the Alpes-Maritimes. Four other departments in the west of France have been placed on an orange alert due to strong winds and thunderstorms. Meteo France today’s weather will mark an end to period of exceptionally mild and warm weather which we have been experiencing recently.

16-year-old shot dead at drugs sale point in Avignon - A 16-year-old boy has been shot dead at a drug sales point in the Monclar district, south of Avignon. The incident occurred at around 9.30pm on Sunday evening. The victim is said to be a "watchman". At the end of May 2021, in the heart of the same district, two men aged 20 and 34 lost their lives in the same circumstances. A police officer was also killed on May 5th, 2021 during an intervention near a drug trafficking point in the centre of Avignon. At the end of 2020, the Vaucluse, one of the poorest departments in France, had 84 deal points, which represents 15 points of sale per 100,000 inhabitants.

Police deployed ahead of football match in Marseille tonight - Police have been deployed in Marseille city centre ahead of this evening’s Champions league match between Marseille and Tottenham, for which 1,700 places have been allocated to English supporters. This evening police will also be present in and around the Vélodrome stadium kick off is at 9pm.

Car ends up on its roof on A8 motorway - Traffic has been severely disrupted on the A8 motorway after a vehicle overturned. The incident occurred at around 11am on Monday morning eastbound, at Adrets-de-Estérel. Two children are said to have go out of the vehicle alone while a 60-year-old woman was trapped inside. Emergency services intervened and the passengers were airlifted to hospital. An investigation into the incident is underway.

Woman injured