French and Riviera News.Tuesday July 21st 2020

Moulins shots-3 people are being questioned by police after gunshots were fired in the Moulins area of Nice on Monday.

Authorities sealed the area off at 11am on Monday to carry out forensic tests near the Casino supermarket on the Avenue  Paul Montel where several shell cases were found.

Police were called out after reports said that a gang of armed people had chased a man down the street and shot him in the foot.

Nobody fitting the description could be found and local hospitals have not treated anyone for gunshot wounds.

The three arrested are not thought to have been directly involved in the alleged incident but are thought to have information which may enlighten police.

The French Interior Minster has ordered police reinforcements to be sent to the area.


Launderette   death - An 80 year old woman has been killed in a fire at a launderette  in Nice.

Authorities were  called to the establishment on the rue Bonaparte on Monday but could do nothing to save the victim.

It’s thought that the fire was started by a faulty washing machine but that’s yet to be confirmed.The area has been cordoned off while investigations continue.


Canyoning death- A 50 year old tourist has died after being taken ill while canyoning in the Gorges de Verdon.

Authorities say that the man suffered a heart attack near Imbut Plage at Aiguines. Emergency services were unable to save him.


Serious fall-A workman who was installing fibre optic cables in Cogolin has been taken to hospital after falling several meters from a gantry.

The accident happened at the quatre chemins roundabout as the man was attempting to grab a loose cable.

He was airlifted to hospital suffering with fractures and back injuries. Traffic in the area was severely disrupted while emergency services intervened.


Fines- A group of 15 people have been fined 135 euros each for refusing to wear face masks at Toulon train station.

Police were called to the station on Monday by SNCF staff after the group of young men had refused to comply with the regulations and  verbally abused members of the public.

The wearing of face masks on public transport ,at train stations and at bus stops has been mandatory since the 11th of May. New regulations requiring face masks to be worn in closed public spaces  by all people aged 11 or over came into force on Monday with fines of 135 euros for non compliance.


Rats - Residents on a council run estate in Antibes are complaining about falling standards of maintenance which they say is making life unbearable.

People living in the Pont du Lys residence which is operated by the social housing firm Côte d’Azur Habitat say that rats are running openly through buildings ,rubbish hasn’t been cleared causing a permanently bad smell and grass and flowerbeds haven’t been cut for months.

One resident complained that the area is the “forgotten zone of Juan les Pins” and that the landlord had repeatedly failed to listen to grievances.

Côte d’Azur Habitat said that it is aware of the problems and has awarded a maintenance contract to a new firm who will clean the entire area early next month.


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Tragic accident-5 children from the same family have died after the Renault Scenic they were travelling in left the road on the A7 in the Drome department ,rolled over and caught fire.

9 people were inside the vehicle at the time of the accident with 4 adults all sustaining serious injuries.

Initial reports suggest that the vehicle experienced brake failure.

53 emergency workers attended the scene with the injured airlifted to hospital in Lyon with severe burns.

The French Interior and Transport Ministers have visited the scene this morning.


Missing girl- Police in Avignon are searching for an 11 year old girl who’s been missing from her home since Saturday.

The girl’s mother contacted authorities after her former partner sent her several text messages saying that their daughter had died in an accident on the banks of the Rhône River.

Authorities including police divers have carried out an extensive search of the area where the girl’s father said that she had died but to no avail.

An appeal for information about the 11 year old who is 1 meter 38 with auburn hair and green eyes has been launched.She is also mentally handicapped.

The girl’s father ,a Spanish national who has previous convictions for domestic violence offences ,is 1 meter 70  tall and has short brown hair and green eyes. He is described as being a bit overweight and speaks French with a marked accent.

Anyone who sees them is asked to call 17 immediately.


Stop kissing- Health authorities in eastern France are urging the public to stop kissing to halt the spread of coronavirus.

The east of the country has been reporting a spike in Covid-19 cases over the past week and authorities say that part of the problem is that people are reverting to pre-virus behaviour ,mistakenly believing that the risks are over.

Handshaking and kissing hello and goodbye are being strongly discouraged with the public advised to maintain social distancing and exercise good hand hygiene.

The French Health Minister ,Olivier Véran has said there are between 4 and 5 hundred coronavirus clusters around the country but has played down concerns about a second wave.

France recorded 25 new deaths from Covid-19 on Monday bringing the total number of those who’ve died from the virus to 30,177 since the start of the pandemic.




Global stock markets are jittery on  concerns over a jump in Covid-19 cases despite optimism over a vaccine  with investors hanging on hopes of more stimulus to shore up the battered global economy.

Record levels of fresh coronavirus infections have forced some US States to reverse reopening plans just as government stimulus programmes are due to expire.

At least 14 states have reported record hospitalisations so far this month and Florida alone reported 12,000 new cases on Sunday.

The US Congress is set to debate a new aid package this week and positive news related to vaccine development could give markets a boost .

However lacklustre second quarter earnings could put equities under pressure with analysts predicting a bumpy ride for investors in the coming weeks.


The oil giant Chevron has announced that it’s to buy Noble Energy in a deal worth some 5 billion dollars.

It’s the largest deal in the energy sector since the coronavirus pandemic crushed global demand for oil and sent crude prices to historic lows.

Noble’s assets will expand Chevron’s presence in the shale rich Colorado Basin and the Permian Basin across Western Texas and New Mexico where drilling this year has been vastly scaled back by the collapse in the oil price.

The deal will also bring the Leviathan Field-the largest natural gas reserve in the eastern Mediterranean under Chevron’s control.

Shares in Noble rose by 9 percent on the news while Chevron was broadly flat.


And- in the UK ,Marks and Spencer is to cut hundreds of jobs as Covid-19 continues to affect trading .

M&S said that 950 store management and head office jobs would go owning to the need to restructure.

The firm says that it’s started  collective consultation with employee representatives and has set out plans to offer voluntary redundancies in the first instance.

Marks and Spencer is just one of a long list of UK high street retailers who have been hard hit by the  coronavirus pandemic.

The firm’s food stores were open during lockdown in the UK but other parts of the business were seriously affected with clothing sales down by 84 percent.




Cricket-England have beaten West Indies by 113 runs in the second Test at Old Trafford to level the series with one match to play.

The tourists put up some stubborn resistance in their second innings but were bowled out for 198 as play entered the final hour of the match.

Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad were the pick of the bowlers for England but Stokes has picked up what looks like a groin injury and may be doubtful for the final match.

The third Test and series decider starts at Old Trafford on Friday.


Football-Brighton  are safe after drawing 0-0 against Newcastle in the English Premier League last night.In the other matches Sheffield United lost 1-0 at home to Everton and Wolves beat Crystal Palace 2-0.

There are 2 games tonight with Watford desperately needing 3 points against Manchester City and Aston Villa who also in deep trouble play Arsenal.


Formula 1- McLaren’s Lando Norris has confirmed that he’s one of the nicest guys on the grid after staying behind after the Hungarian Grand Prix to help his mechanics strip down the car.

Most of the drivers jetted off following the race but Norris got down underneath his car with a screwdriver in hand.

The 20 year old said on twitter “ If you want to go fast ,go alone but if you want to go far-go together”.

He said that it had been a long three weeks for the team and he thought that they could do with an extra hand.




Fine in coastal areas-some thundery showers inland this afternoon and light ,variable winds.

Top temperatures 28-32 degrees.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees inland and 20 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Mainly fine with highs of 27-31 degrees.

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