French and Riviera News Tuesday 8th November 2022


National Strike action Thursday - Due to national strike action planned across France on Thursday November 10th, there will be no buses or trams running in the region and street parking will be free of charge. The national strike has been called by unions in protest against poor wages and the cost-of-living crisis.

Meanwhile, French Transport Minister Clement Beaune has confirmed that the price of train tickets will rise at the beginning of next year. However, speaking to French media over the weekend the minister said that he was talking to the SNCF about creating a tariff shield to limit price increases, particularly on TGV trains.

Fatal road accident - Police have opened an investigation after a motorcyclist was killed in a head on collision with a vehicle on the Route de Draguignan in Grasse. The fatal accident occurred on Monday evening shortly after 8.30pm. The victim a 42-year-old man died at the scene. The motorist a 50-year-old man was unharmed. The road was cut off to traffic as emergency services intervened, returning to normal shortly after 10.20pm.

Caregivers in Monaco - Caregivers in Monaco who are not vaccinated against covid will not be reinstated. In total, 18 caregivers at the Princess Grace Hospital have been suspended for refusal to be vaccinated. It was in the midst of the health crisis that like France, the Monegasque government introduced the bill requiring caregivers in the Principality to be vaccinated in order to continue to perform their duties. Passed by the National Council in September 2021 it was implemented from October 30th of the same year, for a period of 18 months.

Vaccination - It was on Monday that pharmacists in France were able to administer vaccines and boosters prescribed by doctors, including for Covid-19 and influenza. The change will mean that patients will be able to receive their vaccinations more quickly and there will be less pressure on doctor surgeries.

World first donation of a tendon - An operation has taken place in Monaco after a mother donated a tendon to treat her 20-year-old daughter. Kiara a young rugby player who had had multiple knee operations was given the tendon by her 55-year-old mother Patricia on October 8th at the IM2S in Monaco. This type of operation is prohibited in France and was a world first for the Principality.

World Health Organization - According to the World Health Organisation at least 15,000 deaths in Europe have been directly linked to heat waves in 2022. According to the WHO this toll, which includes 4,500 deaths in Germany, nearly 4,000 in Spain, more than 3,200 in the United Kingdom and a thousand in Portugal, "should increase as severa