French and Riviera News Tuesday 21st June 2022

News

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. The figure was revealed in the French government's annual publication of immigration statistics.

Most popular names for 2021 - INSEE has published the ranking of the most popular names in France for 2021. Among boys, Gabriel regained its first place followed by Leo and Raphael, while Jade came first for girls followed closely by Louise and Emma.

Summer sales - If you want to bag a bargain you might need to go to another department in France as the summer sales kick off tomorrow Wednesday 22nd June across the country, with the exception of the Alpes-Maritimes and Corsica where they will start at a later date.  

Sir Len Blavatnik - Sir Len Blavatnik’s private jet has been spotted at Nice international airport. According to the Sunday Times rich list Blavatnik is Britain’s richest man, born in Ukraine and of Russian origin he is also the owner of the Grand Hotel of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. Unlike the oligarchs and close friends of Putin who have been blacklisted, Blavatnik can move around the Riviera in peace. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2017, 63-year-old Len Blavatnik, is at the head of an investment fund holding and has made gains from glamorous businesses such as record label Warner Music.

Business

Russia has become China's biggest supplier of oil as the country sold discounted crude to Beijing amid sanctions over the Ukraine war. Imports of Russian oil rose by 55% from a year earlier to a record level in May, displacing Saudi Arabia as China's biggest provider.

Meanwhile, imports from China's Xinjiang region are due to be banned in the US from today as new rules come into force. Under the regulations, firms will have to prove imports from the region are not produced using forced labour. Several imports from the resource-rich region, including cotton and tomatoes, have already been banned from the US.

Smartphone manufacturers have seen a significant drop in their sales. According to figures from Counterpoint Research for the first quarter of 2022, 49 million smartphones were sold in European markets. A fall of 12% over one year. The drop is the consequence of many factors, including the shortage of components, the lockdowns in China linked to Covid-19, the poor economic conditions as well as the war in Ukraine.

The owner of iconic British chocolate brand Cadbury has announced that it is buying US energy bar maker Clif Bar & Company for $2.9bn (£2.4bn). Mondelez International - which also owns Oreo, Toblerone and Milka - says the deal will help drive its plans to "lead the future of snacking".

A floating restaurant that was a famous Hong Kong landmark has sunk, days after it was towed away from the harbour where it operated for nearly 50 years. The Jumbo restaurant capsized in the South China Sea while on its way to an undisclosed location. Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises said it was "very saddened by the incident" but that no crew members were injured. The restaurant closed in March 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

Sport

Football - Ryan Giggs has resigned as Wales manager "with immediate effect". The former Manchester United winger stepped away from his role in November 2020 after being arrested. Giggs was later charged with using controlling behaviour and assaulting his ex-girlfriend, charges he has denied.

According to reports an agreement has been reached between Paris Saint Germain and OGC Nice as OGC’s coach Christophe Galtier is on track to join PSG. The amount is not yet known but an agreement was reportedly reached on Monday giving the green light for Christophe Galtier to move to PSG.

Athletics - World Athletics president Lord Coe has hinted the sport could follow swimming in banning transgender women from elite female competitions, insisting "fairness is non-negotiable". Swimming's world governing body voted on Sunday to stop trans athletes from competing in women's elite races if they have gone through any part of the process of male puberty. The landmark decision set swimming apart from almost all other Olympic sports.

Rugby Union - Billy Vunipola and Danny Care have been named alongside eight uncapped players in England's squad for their three-Test tour in Australia next month.

Weather

Good clear periods alternating with cloudy spells, sometimes more dense in the afternoon. Light winds. Highs of 28 degrees along the coast in Nice, Cannes and Antibes. 32 degrees inland in the Var. This evening going down to 20 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for Wednesday and Thursday - Sunny intervals tomorrow. Sunny with a moderate breeze on Thursday highs of 27-32 degrees.

Sea Temperature     24                        UV Level 8

Sunrise                        05.48hr              Sunset      21.15h

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