French and Riviera News Tuesday 25th January 2022


France's foreign ministry advises against travel to Ukraine - France's foreign ministry has advised French nationals to avoid travelling to Ukraine unless they have an essential reason. The advice given on Monday January 24th, comes against reports of increasing Russian military activity. On Monday evening following a videoconference with US President Joe Biden and several European leaders, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed "his deep concern" about the Ukraine conflict adding that he believed in "the need to work collectively for a rapid de-escalation." The Elysee has confirmed that Macron will soon meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to propose the path to be taken to accomplish this.

Police officer commits suicide - France's national police service is mourning the suicide of a 22-year-old officer stationed in Marseille. The policeman killed himself in the early hours of Monday morning with his service weapon. It's the ninth suicide in the police force in France since the beginning of the year. In 2021, 35 police officers killed themselves. It was back in 2019 that the Interior Ministry set up a dedicated helpline for those working in the force in an attempt to combat the ever-increasing problem of suicide within the force.

Public security report for Monaco - Meanwhile here in the Principality a recent report on public security published on Monday January 24th has shown that checks carried out on the public, in line with the current health restrictions, have represented 44,000 hours police work. In 2021, the police reprimanded a passer-by or a tourist 59,167 times, of which 9,127 resulted in a fine. In case of non-compliance with current health rules, the fine is 100 euros. Concerning controls on restaurants last year saw 29 administrative closures.

Monaco not to introduce vaccine pass - As France replaced the health pass with a vaccine pass on Monday January 24th, Monaco confirmed that it will not be following suit and that the current health pass required in the Principality will be maintained. However, the vaccination pass will be required for residents crossing the border. According to latest figures 70% of the population in Monaco have completed a full vaccination scheme.

Parents call for action concerning health protocol in schools - More than 400 parents have called on the national education authorities of the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region to answers their concerns over the health protocol in schools. Since the implementation of the health protocol in schools, teachers along with parents have deplored the protocol described as "chaotic".

SNCF launches simplified digital service - From today Tuesday 25th January the SNCF is launching its SNCF Connect online service, a new unique application for smartphones and on the web. The goal is simple: to put an end to the proliferation of online applications and services that leads to a lot of confusion amongst users. The service will replace the current Oui.SNCF.

Cycling Grand Prix of Marseille - While it must adapt to a strict health protocol the Cycling Grand Prix of Marseille is getting ready for its 44th edition taking place this Sunday the 30th January. The race will cover the exceptional landscapes of the Route des Crêtes including Sainte-Victoire and Cassis.

Wild boar spotted roaming the streets of Cimiez - A wild boar has been seen roaming the streets of Cimiez in Nice. The incident occurred last Wednesday evening and was caught on camera by a local resident on the Boulevard de Cimiez in front of the Regina. In recent years wild boars have been getting closer to buildings in the city. Back in 2017 a campaign was launched by the prefecture of the Alpes Maritimes after several sightings in the east of Nice.  


The dual problems of rising inflation and tightening monetary policy were pushed to the side on Monday with investors increasingly alarmed about the unfolding situation in Ukraine with Russian troops massed on the border ready for a possible invasion and US President Joe Biden and NATO ordering the military to be on standby. Analysts say that the situation will continue to weigh on markets until there's some kind of resolution or more clarity as to what the outcome may be. Monday saw periods of frantic selling in New York with the Dow Jones Industrials down by 3 percent at one point in the session. The price of Bitcoin has also been falling and has halved in value since November. Oil prices are rising on fears over supply and the dollar has risen to a two week high against the Yen and a basket of other currencies.

The consumer goods giant Unilever is set to axe thousands of jobs worldwide a week after its bid to take over the consumer health division of GlaxoSmithKline for 50 million dollars failed. Reports say that the maker of Marmite and Dove soap will make job cuts in more than 100 countries with several thousand positions scrapped