French and Riviera News Wednesday 12th October 2022


Petrol limited - The prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes has limited the purchase of petrol to 30 litres and has also designated 7 service stations for priority vehicles. According to the prefectural decree, heavy goods vehicles will have to limit themselves to 120 litres per intake. These two restrictions came into force on Tuesday, October 11th and will end on Monday, October 17th. The stations for priority vehicles such as, police vehicles, prison administration, ambulances, firefighters, health and hospital vehicles as well as taxis are Carrefour Lingostière in Nice, Total on the Promenade des Anglais, L'Union in Menton, Total in Puget-Théniers, the Cannes BP station on Boulevard Vallombrosa, Total du Riou in Cannes , the Total relay in Grasse in the Moulin de Brun district. In addition, the prefect has also banned the sale of fuel in jerry cans.

Faced with a social movement that persists in refineries and fuel depot centres, French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne announced the requisition of Esso personnel. In the event of refusal to submit to a requisition order, the employee commits an offense punishable by six months' imprisonment and a fine of 10,000 euros.

Fatal shooting in Marseille - A 33-year-old man has been shot dead in a grocery store in Marseille. The shooting occurred on Tuesday evening at around 7.30pm in the Belle de Mai district one of the most deprived districts of the second city of France an even one of the poorest in Europe. The victim known to police, was hit by a bullet fired from a vehicle that fled. Police believe it to be a settlement of account. This is the fifth death by bullets in this sector since mid-September. Since the beginning of the year, 26 people have been shot dead in the Bouches-du-Rhône, with a majority of shootings being related to drug trafficking networks.

New luxury port in Nice - The city of Nice is discussing plans to build a new luxury port to compete for super-yacht moorings with the likes of Antibes, Cannes and Monaco. The municipality has the luxury yachting market in its sights, with the city council hoping to file for the necessary building permits early next year. It also hopes the project will generate jobs linked to the yachting industry, everything from mechanics to cleaners. If approved, the facility would be jointly run by the Nice metropolitan region and the chamber of commerce. The move has met some opposition from some councillors, notably from the green party, who say now is not the time to be developing further super-yacht facilities given the environmental context.

French hypermarket - French hypermarket chain Leclerc has chosen the Var for its first experiment into convenience store