French and Riviera News Wednesday 13th April 2022


Employee has arm torn off at recycling centre - A 50-year-old employee at the recycling centre in Cannes-la-Bocca has been seriously injured, after his arm was torn off by a treadmill. The accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon at around 1pm. He has since been hospitalised in Nice. It’s the second incident of this kind at the recycling centre which manages up to 36,000 tonnes of waste annually.

Municipal police placed in custody - Five municipal police officers from Nice have been taken into custody suspected of having "abducted" and "kidnapped" a 21-year-old man. Aged 29 to 46, the five officers were taken into custody early Monday evening. According to local reports the victim alerted a friend, national police officer, that he had been subjected to police violence. The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has called for an immediate and full investigation into the affair.

Suspect package - Several streets in the centre of Toulon were sealed off on Tuesday morning due to a suspect package. A backpack had been left in front of the Galeries Lafayette department store. About 50 residents of a nearby building were evacuated and police asked locals to avoid the area.

Cases of salmonella - A total of 150 cases of salmonellosis have been detected in nine European countries, including France. According to two European surveillance agencies the responsibility lies with that of a "Belgian production plant". The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have "identified chocolate products made by a company in its Belgian production plant as being the source of the outbreak of salmonella".  The infections "occurred mainly in children under the age of 10" and were reported in nine European countries: France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden. The Belgian justice has since opened an investigation to establish possible responsibilities within the Arlon factory.

Whooping cough vaccine - Meanwhile French health authorities have recommended a whooping cough vaccine to pregnant women to protect their new-born. While vaccination is not possible during pregnancy, the High Health Authority recommends vaccinating those around the infant and the mother as soon as possible after the birth of the child. In a press release the High Health Authority said that is believes that this vaccination allows their new-born to be protected from birth against this particularly dangerous disease for infants. Whooping cough is a particularly contagious disease that results in severe bouts of coughing for several weeks. In the majority of patients, it is not serious but can cause sometimes fatal complications.

Drones used to identify seagull nests - And the city of Cannes is using drones to identify seagull nests and then sterilise the birds' eggs. Seagulls have an annual reproduction cycle and it's crucial to act during the first few weeks of eggs being incubated. On the Côte d'Azur this tends to be from about now until June. After identifying the nests with a camera mounted on a drone, the eggs are sterilised by spraying them with sunflower oil, which clogs the pores and stops the development of the embryo. It's part of a bigger initiative to try to limit the city's seagull population.


The inflation rate in the US has hit a new 40-year high in the year to March after fuel prices soared during the first full month of the Ukraine war. Consumer prices surged by 8.5% - the largest annual gain since December 1981 - following a double-digit rise in energy prices. Last month, President Joe Biden banned all imports of oil and gas from Russia following the invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, US fuel prices reached new records.

Meanwhile the Banque de France lowered its growth forecast for the French economy to 0.25% for the first quarter on Tuesday. This is compared to the initially expected growth of 0.5%. The bank has justified its downward revision due to the “international environment”.

The world number one in luxury LVMH announced on Tuesday that it achieved 18 billion euros in sales in the first quarter, a jump of 29% compared to the same period the previous year. The group with 75 "houses" - the first in the CAC 40 to reveal its quarterly figures - believes that it is making "a good start to the year in an environment still disturbed by the health crisis and marked by the dramatic events in Ukraine".  The luxury giant, which owns the brands Louis Vuitton, Dior, Celine and Moët & Chandon, among others, announced in early March that it was “temporarily” closing its 124 stores in Russia, where it has 3,500 employees.

According to easyJet's chief executive Johan Lundgren, delays in the UK government's security checks have increased the number of easyJet flights being cancelled. Lundgren said the airline is waiting for the Department for Transport to give permission for about 100 new members of staff to start work, which are urgently needed as existing staff call in sick with COVID-19.

Climate protesters have stopped staff from entering major insurance marketplace Lloyd's of London. More than 60 activists stationed themselves outside the central London building from 7am on Tuesday to highlight the group's demand that the market stops insuring fossil fuels projects. The action comes after activists from Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion caused Tower Bridge to be closed for several hours last Friday morning.


Football - Chelsea's reign as European champions has come to a painful end despite beating Real Madrid 3-2 on Tuesday night. Meanwhile Villarreal scored a late winner stunning Bayern Munich to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 16 years.

Tonight, in the Champions league Atletico Madrid play Manchester City and Liverpool face Benfica. The kick off for both matches is at 9pm French time.

Cycling - This year's Women's Tour will feature the biggest field in the British race's eight-year history with 108 riders. The race runs from 6-11 June, with the first stage starting in Colchester and finishing in Bury St Edmunds.

Tennis - World number one Novak Djokovic went down to a shock defeat by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on his return to the ATP Tour at the Monte Carlo Masters. The 34-year-old Serb was playing in his first tournament since February and it’s the first time that he has lost an opener at a tournament since 2018.


Hazy sunshine. Highs of 19 degrees in Monaco, Nice and Antibes with a fresh breeze. This evening going down to 11 degrees.

The outlook for tomorrow and Friday - Sunny with a gentle breeze and highs of 21 degrees along the coast.

And Finally 

If you're thinking of changing jobs or overhauling your love life, it's written in the stars that you should act now according to Astrologers. The planets of Jupiter and Neptune align every 13 years, but their auspicious meeting yesterday last happened in 1856 and won't happen again until 2188.

'Jupiter represents dreams and imagination and feelings. It's about dispelling boundaries. Neptune can represent bliss and enchantment and glamour". So 'If you've got an idea about what future you want or to pursue a scenario, then take the opportunity – whether that's work or emotional life.' 


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