French and Riviera News Tuesday 5th July 2022

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Strike action by the SNCF - Due to a strike action by the SNCF traffic on the TGV and Intercity lines is expected to be disrupted on Wednesday July 6th. The service will also be "severely disrupted" in Ile-de-France and on the TER network. SNCF railway workers have called for action demanding wage increases. Intercity traffic will also be "disrupted" with 1 train out of 3 on average and no traffic at night, with the exception of the Paris-Nice line. TER traffic will be "severely disturbed" with 2 trains out of 5 on average. The details of the regional transport plans will be communicated by SNCF Voyageurs in each of the regions”, users are invited users to “find out about the circulation of their train on the SNCF app and on their TER site”. International traffic will be less affected with a “normal” service on the Eurostar and Thalys routes and “almost normal” on the Lyria lines, the France-Italy, France-Germany and France-Spain routes.

Forest areas closed to the public due to fire risk - Due to the risk of forest fires, four forest areas in the Var have been put on a red alert from today Tuesday 5th July. Given the weather conditions in the department with Méteo France forecasting a mistral of 55km an hour the Var Centre, Haut Var, Les Maures and Sainte-Baume, are placed at severe risk and classified as "red". Access is strictly prohibited. There are also concerns about cigarette butts, which should not be thrown out the window when driving, as the main roads are often the source of a fire.

Water-use restrictions – Meanwhile, water-use restrictions have been announced for 40 communes around the Alpes-Maritimes as the risk of drought intensifies. Among the affected communes are Antibes and Biot and towns along the Paillon valley. In these areas, it's forbidden to water your garden, wash your car, clean outdoors or play water games until 31st July. You can still have your car washed by an authorised professional. Factories in the affected zone are required to reduce their water use by 60%. Most of the rest of the department is on what's called an "enhanced alert". It's strongly recommended to limit your water use where possible. Gardens should only be watered after 7pm or before 9am. Water levels in some parts of the Alpes-Maritimes are at their second-lowest level since 1959. And while some heavy rain last week temporarily improved water levels, it wasn't enough to reverse the underlying trend. The drought alert could remain in place until autumn.

Man hospitalised after nearly drowning - A man has been hospitalized after nearly drowning in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. The in