French and Riviera News Tuesday 2nd August 2022


Wildfires - At least six firefighters have been injured, one seriously after wildfires destroyed over 370 hectares of pine forest in France's southern Gard department. The wildfire which broke out south of the city of Nîmes was brought under control overnight on Monday. Around 400 fire fighters are still reportedly engaged in fighting the blaze, with helicopters assisting in "treating the edges" of the fire with aerial surveillance work continuing throughout the day.

Forest fire in upper Corsica-Meanwhile, a Forest fire has destroyed 450 hectares land in upper Corsica. The fire broke out at around 8.30am on Monday morning, about twenty kilometres from Saint-Florent, a seaside village popular with tourists. Firefighters were still on site on Monday evening and had reported that due to the difficulty in accessing the area all the air resources had been deployed with reinforcements expected this morning from firefighters in Brignoles in the Var. At the weekend several forests in upper Corsica had been closed due to a severe risk of fire.

Peak in heatwave - The peak in the new episode of a heat wave in south-eastern France is expected tomorrow Wednesday 3rd August. Five departments have been placed on an orange alert by Météo France with between 35 and 39 degrees forecast.

Man in his twenties falls from Boulevard Maeterlinck in Nice - A man in his twenties has been hospitalised in a critical condition after falling from Boulevard Maeterlinck along the coast road between Nice and Villefranche. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon and the victim was airlifted to hospital. According to eye witnesses the man “suddenly ran across the road and jumped, falling about 40 metres onto the rocks below.” An investigation has been opened to determine the exact circumstances.

Woman taken ill while swimming in the sea in Antibes - A 78-year-old woman from Antibes has been rescued by emergency services after being taken ill while swimming in the sea near the Gravette beach on Monday evening. Emergency services intervened pulling the victim from the water and transferring her to the local hospital.

Speed limit - While nearly half of the departments in France have decided to raise the speed limit from 80 to 90 km/h the Var, Alpes Maritimes and the Bouches du Rhone will maintain the 80km speed limit which was introduced in July 2018 on departmental roads.  According to the authorities on July 29, 41 departments had returned to 90 km / h on part of their network, compared to 54 departments remaining at 80 km / h.

Shipwreck of the Madrague revisited - Divers have once again been