French and Riviera News Tuesday 24th May 2022


Fire near campsites in Fréjus - 2,000 square metres of land have been destroyed after a fire broke out near two campsites in Fréjus in the Var on Monday evening. Firefighters intervened on rue de Montourey, in Fréjus, near two campsites in the district of Caïs. The cause of the blaze remains unknown.

Drought alert in the Bouches-du-Rhone - A new decree has come into force concerning 19 communes in the  Bouches-du-Rhône and certain districts of Marseille due to the risk of drought. Since the beginning of April, the Bouches-du-Rhône prefecture had placed the department on drought alert as the major rivers in the department have abnormally low flow. The use of water for any type of watering is prohibited from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. According to Météo France, rain is not forecast and on the contrary, temperatures should continue to climb and exceed seasonal norms again this week.

The municipalities affected by the drought crisis are Jouques, Peyrolles-en-Provence, Auriol, Belcodène, Cadolive, La Bouilladisse, La Destrousse, Peypin, Roquevaire, Saint-Savournin, Allauch, Aubagne, Gémenos, Carnoux-en-Provence, Mimet, Plan de Cuques, La-Penne-sur-Huveaune, Roquefort-la-Bédoule and Marseille for districts 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.

Recall of Volandry brand smoked cooked chicken sold in Leclerc - The supermarket chain Leclerc has recalled chicken contaminated with listeria marketed throughout France. Volandry brand smoked cooked chicken, sold in Leclerc stores across France, has been recalled due to the potential presence of listeria bacteria. Marketed between May 13th and 19th in Leclerc supermarkets, Volandry brand smoked cooked chickens are the subject of a massive recall, warns the government website Rappel Conso. The poultry sold throughout France, and whose use-by date is set for June 8th, 2022, are part of a batch where the barcode begins with 2860050 followed by 6 random digits. Customers are advised to return the product to the point of sale and can also contact the consumer service of the Leclerc centers at 0800865286.

Three confirmed cases of monkey pox in France - Public Health France has identified three confirmed cases of monkey pox. In a statement the organisation says that "to date, these cases have occurred mainly, but not only, in men who have sex with men, without direct links with people returning from endemic areas". Monkeypox is a rare disease which originated in Africa. The virus can be transmitted by direct contact with broken skin or mucous membranes of a sick person, as well as by droplets. You can also become contami