French and Riviera News Tuesday 4th October 2022


French cities boycott FIFA World Cup - Eight major French cities have said no to the FIFA World Cup which runs from the 20th November to December 18th. The city of Paris will ignore the FIFA World Cup by refusing to install giant screens and fan zones in its streets, like seven other major cities in France, for humanitarian and environmental reasons. Several mayors of large cities have expressed their position towards the event with the socialist mayor of Lille Martine Aubry, describing the event as "nonsense with regard to human rights, the environment and sport". In Marseille, the socialist mayor Benoît Payan, judged that the competition had "gradually transformed into a human and environmental disaster, incompatible with the values that we want to see carried through sport, especially football”. Among the reasons for the boycott include the treatment of immigrant workers and the number of deaths during the construction of the eight stadiums of the World Cup. While the official death toll is three, the International Labour Organization (ILO) reported that 50 workers died in workplace accidents in Qatar in 2020 and 500 were seriously injured, a figure that could be higher. It is not yet known if Nice is amongst the cities which have said no.

Court validates extension of Nice International Airport - The administrative court of Marseille has validated the extension of Nice International airport following a two-year battle. On Monday the court of Marseille rejected an appeal from environmentalist groups for the annulment of the building permit for the extension at Terminal 2. The project will see two buildings of 25,000m2 with six departure lounges and a baggage room being built on existing land targeting three million more passengers to reach 18 million annually by 2025-2030. The latest judgment was of first instance and can however, still be appealed.

Road accident - Three people have been seriously injured in a road accident in Cogolin in the Var on Monday afternoon at around 3.20pm. The accident occurred on the RD98 at the entrance to Cogolin. Two cars were involved the first driven by a 69-year-old New Zealander, the other had two 71-year-old Swedes on board. Traffic was halted as emergency services intervened. Police have opened an investigation into the cause.

Thick smoke in Cagnes sur mer residents told to close windows - Residents in Cagnes sur mer have been advised to keep windows closed on Monday evening after thick smoke was released following a plant fire on the Chemin du Val de Cagne. Firefighters intervened managing to contain the isolated incident however, t