French and Riviera News Tuesday 31st May 2022


UEFA announces independent investigation - UEFA has announced the opening of an "independent investigation" following the incidents at the Stade de France for the Champions League Final between Liverpool and Real Madrid on May 28th. The European body promises to "examine the decision-making, responsibilities and behaviour of all parties involved in the final". Fifteen months from the organization of the Rugby World Cup and less than two years from hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, Saturday's incidents "gave a sad image of France in the eyes of the world and arouse serious concerns about its ability to organize international competitions in optimal security conditions".

More than 100 arrests took place on Saturday evening on the sidelines of the Champions League final and fifteen people were still in police custody on Monday, May 30th, none of them were foreign supporters. On Sunday, the Paris police headquarters reported 105 arrests after the jostling and crowd movements that occurred at the entrance to the Stade de France, delaying kick-off by 36 minutes. Several people climbed the gates and tried to enter the stadium. The police had to intervene and use tear gas to disperse the crowd. As of Saturday evening, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, had spoken of "thousands of British supporters without tickets or with fake tickets who forced entry".

War crime investigation - A war crime investigation has been opened after the death of Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, a journalist for BFMTV who was killed in Ukraine. Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff was killed in eastern Ukraine while accompanying civilians aboard a humanitarian bus. At least five other investigations for acts committed against French nationals in Ukraine have been opened by the National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor's Office (Pnat) since the beginning of the war.

Two teenagers arrested for trying to start a fire - Two teenagers aged 13 and 14 have been arrested after trying to start a fire near Camp Robert in Fréjus in the Var on Sunday. A man, who was walking his dog at the time, intervened. He reportedly detained the young boys while waiting for the police by confiscating their mobile phones and a lighter. One of the two minors admitted to having caused a recent fire which occurred on May 23rd, rue de Montourey, in Fréjus when nearly 2,000 square meters went up in smoke not far from two campsites.

Fire - Meanwhile, the origin of a fire which broke out on the Avenue d'Ostende in Monaco at midday on Mon