French and Riviera News Wednesday 13th July 2022


Heatwave - Seven departments in the south and south-west of France have been placed on a heat wave orange alert. The Gironde, Lot-et-Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne, Tarn, Haute-Garonne, Drôme and Ardèche are all concerned. The alert is in place from today 2pm. Recent hot weather has already prompted authorities to take action, with traffic restrictions in the paris region and the banning of certain fireworks in the Gironde. Twenty-four departments remain on a yellow alert, mainly in the west and in the Rhône valley. Among them Morbihan, where the city of Vannes has decided to cancel, due to the heat expected today, the parade of "Historical festivals" which was to attract 20,000 people. According to Météo-France the heatwave is expected to peak probably “between Saturday and next Tuesday” (July 19th).

Meanwhile at least 670 hectares of vegetation have been destroyed in the Gironde after two fires broke out south of Bordeaux on Tuesday. About 120 firefighters were mobilized. As of 9:30pm the fire was not under control with firefighters remaining on site.

Body of man reported missing is found - The young man who was reported missing at lake Sainte-Croix on Sunday has been found dead.  The 30-year-old from Portugal had allegedly jumped from his boat and had failed to resurface. His body was found on Tuesday at a depth of about twenty metres near the place where he had been sailing.

Fire - A fire has destroyed the upper floors of a building on boulevard Gambetta in Nice. Thirty people were evacuated after the blaze broke out on Tuesday evening. 29 firefighters were mobilised and the fire was under control shortly after midnight. No injuries were reported. An investigation is underway to determine the cause.

Boat catches fire - Meanwhile a huge plume of smoke was visible from the French Riviera coastline on Tuesday afternoon after a boat caught fire off the coast between Bordighera and Ospedaletti. According to local reports, the captain, a Frenchman in his fifties, was the only passenger on board and had had time to issue an SOS before jumping into the water to escape to the flames. He was then rescued by the Italian Coast Guard. The boat, sank at 5:35 p.m. The reasons for the fire on board the yacht are not yet known. The Italian authorities will investigate and must also assess the possible environmental consequences, in the event of potential pollution.

Ban on sale, possession, and use of fireworks - The prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes has banned the sale, possession and use of fireworks ahead of tomo