French and Riviera News Wednesday 12th October 2022

News

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 stores. The firm, usually known for its vast sprawling superstores, is taking a bet on small-scale local retail. Its first superette has just opened on Rue Cisson in Draguignan - and Leclerc says it aims to match hypermarket prices as much as possible. To save space and staff costs, there are no manned tills at the exit. Instead, shoppers take a scanner around the store with them and pay at an automatic checkout.

French President to meet with the Pope - French President Emmanuel Macron is to meet with the Pope at the Vatican on October 24th. It will be the third meeting between the two. The Elysée also announced that the President will participate in an international peace forum. "The Cry of Peace" forum will notably address the war in Ukraine.

Mussel eating contest - And a man from Normandy has been crowned champion at a mussel-eating contest at Le Pradet in the Var. The winner managed to consume a kilo of mussels in 2 minutes, 30 seconds. He leaves with a trophy and a year of free mussels - 500 grams per day - offered by a local fishmonger. Some 45,000 people attended the mussel festival in the Var seaside town this weekend.

Business

A BBC investigation has found that refugee families in Syrian camps are begging for donations on TikTok while the company takes up to 70% of the proceeds.  Children are livestreaming on the social media app for hours, pleading for digital gifts with a cash value. TikTok said it would take prompt action against "exploitative begging".

The company said this type of content was not allowed on its platform, and it said its commission from digital gifts was significantly less than 70%. But it declined to confirm the exact amount.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has doubled down on criticism of the chancellor's mini-budget, days after warning it will fuel rising prices. The body, which works to stabilise economic growth, admitted tax cuts announced by the UKs chancellor would boost growth in the short-term. But it said the cuts would "complicate the fight" against rising prices. It expects high prices to last longer in the UK with only Slovakia out of the eurozone set to see higher inflation. According to the IMF's latest assessment of the global economy. Inflation, which measures how the cost-of-living changes over time, is expected to peak at about 11.3% before the end of the year in the UK.

And – Netflix has signed up to the TV ratings agency Barb, which means its audiences will be measured by an external, independent body for the first time. The move makes Barb the first industry-owned ratings service in the world that Netflix has joined. Previously, the streaming giant has only released snapshots of its viewing data, highlighting the success of its most popular shows. Barb will begin reporting Netflix's viewing figures from November.

Sport

Football – In the Champions League Chelsea last night, enjoyed a comfortable victory at AC Milan with a 2-0 win. Meanwhile, ten-man Manchester City missed a penalty and had a goal ruled out in a VAR-dominated goalless draw at Copenhagen, but still reached the last 16 of the Champions League. Tonight, in Group A Rangers play Liverpool.

Tennis - Emma Raducanu's promising partnership with coach Dmitry Tursunov will go no further as the Russian has decided to pursue other opportunities. Tursunov is the fourth coach to leave the team in the past 15 months.

Cycling - More than 700 organisations and individuals have signed an open letter to British Cycling calling for the governing body to "renounce" its sponsorship deal with oil giant Shell. British Cycling said the eight-year deal would bring "wide-ranging support and investment" to the sport. However, after announcing the deal on Monday, it has been accused of getting involved with "greenwashing".

Weather

Sunny intervals and a moderate breeze. Highs of 23 degrees in Nice, Cannes, Antibes and Saint Tropez. 22 degrees in Saint Paul de Vence and Mougins reaching 24 degrees in Marseille and Toulon. This evening going down to 13 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for Thursday and Friday. Fine tomorrow. Cloudy on Friday with highs of 23 degrees.

Sunrise:    07.40                            Sunset:     18.52

 

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