French and Riviera News Tuesday 27th September 2022


French President to pay a state visit to the US - French President Emmanuel Macron is to pay a state visit to the United States in December. It was announced on Monday that US President Joe Biden will greet Emmanuel Macron in Washington for a state visit on December 1st. The two presidents saw each other for the last time on September 21st in New York, on the side-lines of a conference on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Due to covid restrictions it’s the first state visit under Joe Biden's presidency. Emmanuel Macron had already made a state visit to the United States in 2018, when Donald Trump was president.

Petrol prices – In other news, petrol prices have continued to fall in France thanks to the 30 cents discount per litre introduced on September 1st. At the same time, an “employee petrol allowance " will be introduced in October for those who use their car to go to work. It will be between 100 and 300 euros, depending on the level of income and the distance travelled. If you’re looking for the cheapest petrol TotalEngergies offers the lowest prices after having introduced their own discount of 20 cent per litre, also on September 1st, which is in addition to that offered by the French State.

Road accident - A 40-year-old man has been seriously injured following a road accident in Nice on Monday evening. The accident occurred on the boulevard de l’Ariane when two cars violently collided at around 9pm. A 20-year-old woman was also slightly injured, both were taken to hospital. Following the accident police temporarily stopped traffic while emergency services intervened. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the collision.

Fire breaks out in restaurant on the Old Port of Marseille - A fire has broken out at Le Petit Pernod restaurant on the Old Port of Marseille. Firefighters intervened on Monday afternoon shortly after 4pm as the blaze, which broke out in the kitchens of the establishment, spread to the ground and first floor. The fire was brought under control by 6pm. An investigation has been opened to determine the cause.

Tourist accommodation closed for safety reasons - The French State has announced the closure of a hotel in Saint-Martin-Vésubie in the hinterland of the Alpes Maritimes, due to "serious" security breaches. It’s the second establishment in the area to be closed by the Prefecture. La Chataigneriaie and now the Relais Saint-Louis have both received an order for an administrative closure from the regional prefecture.

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