French and Riviera News Tuesday 21st June 2022


Hailstorms - South-Western France has been hit by violent hailstorms. Some 21 departments were placed on an orange alert for thunderstorms overnight from Monday to Tuesday. According to Météo France the Gironde, Charente-Maritime, Landes and Pyrénées-Atlantiques are among the departments the most affected. In the Gironde, the bad weather mainly affected Bordeaux and the Gironde coast. Firefighters were mobilized and carried out around 200 interventions mainly for "damaged roofs, cables on the public highway, flooded premises and fallen trees".

Fire - Firefighters have continued to tackle a fire at Canjuers military camp in the Var. Firefighters said that more than 700 hectares had been destroyed. There were some resumptions of fire on Monday in difficult to access sectors and two helicopter water bombers were used to help bring the fires under control. Authorities have opened an investigation to establish the cause of the incident.

850 cases of people being pricked in nightclubs across France - According to data from the Office for the Fight against Drug Trafficking (Ofast), the Var is one of the departments in France which has recorded the most cases of suspicious injections in nightclubs and concerts. Since the beginning of the year, nearly 850 cases of people being pricked with an unknown substance have been recorded in France and the Var is the second most affected department with 39 reported cases. The Morbihan comes first with 53 cases recorded.

Road accident - A motorcyclist has been seriously injured after an accident on the A57 in the Var. The accident occurred shortly after 6.30pm on Monday near Carnoules.

60 kilos of narcotics - 60 kilos of narcotics have been discovered in a car in Mouans-Sartoux. Following the police raid carried out last Thursday in the Frayère district of Cannes, the narcotics brigade discovered the drugs on Monday in a vehicle parked in Mouans-Sartoux. Of the eight people arrested in Cannes, six were referred to the Grasse prosecutor's office on Monday.

Primary school closes after being vandalised - The Jean-Crabalona primary school in Grasse has been forced to remain closed after being vandalized over the weekend. The establishment remained closed on Monday after four classrooms were ransacked. An investigation has been launched as the school reopens its classrooms this morning Tuesday 21st June.

Residence permits - New data shows that France issued almost 100,000 residence permits to UK nationals last year because of Brexit. T