French and Riviera News Tuesday 6th September 2022

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Dengue fever - Two new cases of dengue fever have been confirmed by the regional health agency in the town of Saint-Jeannet in the hinterland of Nice, in the Alpes Maritimes. To date and in total, seven cases have been reported in Saint-Jeannet as health authorities call for vigilance, advising the population to dress in light, long and loose clothing to reduce the risk of getting bitten. The town hall has announced that investigations and field interventions will continue at the beginning of next week carried out by the regional health agency.

Teachers and parents demonstrate due to overcrowding the classroom at a high school in the Var - Teachers at the Émile-Thomas high school in Draguignan in the Var, have demonstrated against the overcrowding of classrooms. Monday morning saw parents and teachers gather in front of the establishment as the number of students continues to increase yet no new classes are opened.

Five Ukrainian children unable to attend school - Meanwhile the co-founder of the “We are Ukraine” association Lucas Zouadi, has called for action from the education authorities in Aix-Marseille threatening to go on a hunger strike from tomorrow Wednesday 7th September. Speaking to local media Zouadi explains that there are currently five Ukrainian pupils, three in the Bouches-du-Rhone and two in the Alpes Maritimes aged between 12 and 17 years old who are unable to attend school. The association which helps Ukrainians who have fled their country since the Russian invasion reminds the authorities that school is compulsory in France, between the ages of 3 and 16. However, the students who have a good academic level but do not speak French are having to wait to sit a test to determine their level of French.

Closing of swimming complex due to “energy crisis” - The “Aquavabre” public swimming pool in Brignoles in the Var has closed its doors until further notice "due to the energy crisis". Management announced that “due to the increases in the cost of energy the complex was no longer able to provide the service to the public”. With the closure of Aquavabre, around twenty people find themselves on partial unemployment. The closure is not an isolated case as around 30 public swimming pools across France have had to close due to the increase in energy prices. About 10% of the 4,000 French public swimming pools are managed via a public service delegation and not directly by the community where they are located. Often heated by gas, swimming pools are very energy-intensive equipment and bear the full brunt of rising prices.

Long tail backs on the A8 motorway - Traffic has been severely disrupted on the A8 motorway following an accident at Tanneron on Monday evening. There were long delays heading towards Italy after two vehicles collided. Five people were involved, three of whom were slightly injured and taken to Cannes hospital centre by the emergency services.

Bus drivers continue strike action - Bus drivers in Hyères have continued strike action today Monday 5th September set up a picket line in front of the Sodetrav depot. It’s the fifth day of strike action for Sodetrav bus drivers. According to unions after two negotiating sessions, management is “proposing progress on working conditions but only a so-called Macron bonus of €150 in the name of purchasing power”. Lines 29, 39 and 103 remain disrupted today Tuesday 6th September.

France vows to keep its price caps on electricity and gas - France has vowed to keep its price caps on electricity and gas in place into next year. This is despite wholesale gas prices soaring on Monday after Russia announced it would not reopen its main pipeline to Europe. Thanks to its nuclear energy resources, France is one of the least reliant countries on Russian gas. However, an aging system has forced EDF to temporarily shut down 32 of its 56 nuclear reactors. To prevent problems this winter, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne has warned businesses to drop energy consumption by at least 10% or face rationing. Businesses will also have to appoint an energy officer and present blueprints to the government for cutting their electricity consumption.

Macron congratulates Liz Truss - As Liz Truss wins the Tory leadership contest to become the next Prime Minister in the UK French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated her on Twitter on Monday evening adding that “the British people are our friends, the British nation is our ally. Let us continue working together to defend our shared interests”. Liz Truss has promised to deal with surging energy costs and to cut taxes. Her plan, set to be announced on Thursday, is likely to include a freeze on energy bills - though precisely how it would work is still unclear. Ms Truss will be formally appointed by the Queen at Balmoral Castle later, after a final speech by Boris Johnson. The 47-year-old, the UK's third woman PM, will then appoint her cabinet.

Kyoto Protocol - In Monaco, a new report shows the principality has met its Kyoto Protocol target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The report from the Department of the Environment shows emissions dropping to an all-time low, with a massive 31.8% decrease compared to 1990.

Recycle - The Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has requested the city be allowed to use recycled but non-drinkable water to water plants and clean streets. Currently, after the water has been treated at the sewage plant, it’s released into the sea. The measure is part of a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% in the next eight years and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Weather warnings - According to Météo France almost all regions will be hit by thunderstorms today, with the risk of hail and strong gusts of wind. The South, the Hérault and the Gard regions have been placed on an orange weather alert. The warning is in place until 3am Wednesday morning.

Business

Russia has warned that it will not resume gas supplies along a key pipeline to Europe until sanctions are lifted. Moscow has blamed Western countries for its decision not to reopen the Nord Stream 1 pipeline after it was shut for three days for maintenance. Gas prices soared on Monday due to mounting concerns over energy supplies.

Meanwhile the U.N. nuclear watchdog is today due to issue a report on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in Ukraine, a day after shelling cut its electricity supplies for the second time in two weeks and raised fears of a catastrophe. Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of risking nuclear disaster by shelling near Europe's largest nuclear plant, which officials said disrupted power lines on Monday and took the sole remaining reactor offline.

And - Irish regulators have fined Instagram €405m for violating children's privacy. The long-running complaint concerned children's data - particularly their phone numbers and email addresses.  Instagram's owner, Meta, said it planned to appeal against the decision. It is the third fine handed to the company by the regulator.

Sport

Football - Juventus and France midfielder Paul Pogba is a doubt for the World Cup later this year after having knee surgery. 29-year-old Pogba has not yet played this season after suffering the injury in July. France's first World Cup match is against Australia on 22 November.

Cricket – The first day of the Roses match saw Lancashire opener Keaton Jennings make history with the bat before a brilliant spell of bowling from Yorkshire's George Hill. Jennings hit 119 as he become the first batter to score four hundreds in four consecutive innings in this famous fixture, as he put on 180 for the first wicket with Luke Wells, who made 84.

Boxing - WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has offered Anthony Joshua the chance to fight for his belt before the end of this year. Joshua, responded to Fury's challenge by saying he would be "ready in December".

Tennis - Rafael Nadal has been beaten in a Grand Slam for the first time in 2022, losing to Frances Tiafoe in the US Open fourth round. Tiafoe thrilled the home crowd with a 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-3 win over four-time champion Nadal in New York.

Weather

Cloudy with some sunny intervals. Highs of 28 degrees along the coast in Nice, Saint-Laurent du Var and Antibes. Inland highs of 31 degrees in Puget-Théniers with the risk of showers by this afternoon. This evening going down to 22 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for Wednesday and Thursday. Cloudy with thunderstorms inland by late afternoon on Wednesday. Highs of 28 degrees in Nice reaching 31 degrees in Draguignan. Thursday starting off rather unsettled across both the Alpes Maritimes and the Var. Clearing by the afternoon with clear skies and highs of 29-31 degrees.

Sunrise              06.59hr                       Sunset    19.57hr

Sea temperature     26                        UV level   6

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