French and Riviera News Wednesday 15th June 2022

News

80-year-old drowns at Golfe-Juan - An 80-year-old man has drowned in the sea at Golfe-Juan. The incident occurred on Tuesday at the Midi beach. An off-duty firefighter, who was nearby at the time, attempted to carry out first aid after seeing the man get into difficulty however, he was pronounced dead by the time emergency services arrived. The lifeguard station was not yet open on the beach and should be in operation from this weekend.  

Man shot and wounded - A 21-year-old man has been shot and wounded in Toulon. The shooting occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning in the eastern district of the city. The victim was taken to hospital and was found to be in possession of drugs. Police have opened an investigation to determine the circumstances.

Heatwave - While temperatures were already forecast to reach record levels across France, Météo-France estimates that the weekend could be even warmer than expected. Contrary to what was expected, temperatures could reach, or even exceed locally, 40 degrees in parts of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The government has recommended drinking plenty of water and to avoid alcohol and intense sport.

Parliamentary elections - French President Emmanuel Macron and his allies have been campaigning ahead of this Sunday’s second round of voting in the parliamentary elections. Macron has called on voters to enable him to create a "solid majority" with the second round. Speaking before taking a flight to Romania to address NATO troops, Emmanuel Macron told the press that a "Republican jump start" was needed to face looming "difficulties". Based on last Sunday’s results, polling firms have projected that Macron and his allies could emerge with between 255 and 295 parliament seats, well below the 345 it has currently.

Reports that Macron will visit Kyiv – Meanwhile, according to German and Italian media Germany’s Chancellor and the Italian Prime Minister will be accompanied by French President Emmanuel Macron in a visit to Kyiv on Thursday. It would be the first visit by the President of the Republic to Ukraine since the start of the war. The reports have not yet been confirmed by the Elysée.  

Burkini – Grenoble city council has gone to France's highest administrative court to challenge a ban imposed on a new city rule allowing full-body "burkini" swimsuits in public pools. Grenoble's decision to authorise all swimwear, including burkinis, sparked a legal battle with the government. Ahead of Tuesday's court case, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin described Grenoble city council's swimwear policy as an "unacceptable provocation" that was contrary to French secular values.

Health emergency will not be extended beyond July 31st - Government spokeswoman Olivia Grégoire has said that the health emergency put in place due to covid will in “no way be extended beyond July 31st”.  A new text will be presented to the Council of Ministers on June 22nd, simply "to be able to remain vigilant should there be a rise in covid cases”.  In November the French Parliament adopted a “health vigilance” bill extending it until July 31st. The bill gives the Prime Minister the right to prohibit or restrict movement, gatherings and access to certain places in the case of a health emergency.

Meanwhile the covid incidence rate in Monaco has continued to increase according to the latest weekly update from the government. The government said that over the previous 7 days the incidence rate was 467 per 100,000 people, up from 347 in the previous week. In the week from 6 to 12 June, 183 new positive cases of Covid-19 were reported in the Principality. On Monday evening, 16 people, including 12 residents, were hospitalized at the Princess Grace Hospital. There were no patients being treated in intensive care. 103 people were being monitored by the Home Monitoring Centre.

Coal-fired power station to stay open - The UK government is close to striking a deal to keep a coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire open longer than planned as ministers attempt to shore up Britain’s energy supplies. UK officials are in negotiations with the French energy company EDF over plans to extend the operations of the West Burton A power station near Retford. The plant had been due to shut by October this year but could now run until March.

Baccalaureate – Finally it’s good luck to the 627,000 final year students enrolled in France who will today sit their baccalaureate in philosophy. Philosophy is one of the most feared exams of the baccalaureate. Last year, the test was relaxed for final year students due to the covid pandemic.

Business

The pound has fallen to its lowest level against the dollar since the onset of the pandemic, fuelled by concerns about the economy and the prospect of a second Scottish independence referendum. Sterling dropped below $1.20 for the first time since March 2020 - a drop of more than 1.2% on Tuesday. When compared with the euro, the pound slumped 1.2% to 86.81p, its lowest point since last May.

Sri Lanka is giving government officials an extra day off a week to encourage them to grow food, amid fears of a food shortage. The country has around one million public sector employees. It comes as the island nation, home to around 22 million, faces its worst economic crisis in more than 70 years. Sri Lanka is struggling to pay for critical imports such as food, fuel and medicine as it faces a severe shortage of foreign currencies.

Netflix is recruiting participants for a reality TV show inspired by its most popular series of all time, Squid Game. However, it will not be life or death that is at stake, as depicted in the South Korean drama. Instead, 456 recruits from around the world will play games where "the worst fate is going home empty-handed" - missing out on a $4.56m (£3.8m) prize.  Participants need to be at least 21 years old. They must speak English and be available for up to 4 weeks in early 2023 for filming. Netflix also confirmed that the popular series would be renewed for a second season earlier this week.

People in Pakistan have been asked to reduce the amount of tea they drink to keep the country's economy afloat. The country's low foreign currency reserves - currently enough for fewer than two months of all imports - have left it in urgent need of funds. Pakistan is the world's largest importer of tea, buying in more than $600m (£501m) worth last year.

The streaming and TV rights for the Indian Premier League - the world's richest cricket competition - for the next five years have been sold for a record $6.02bn (£5.13bn). Viacom18, secured streaming rights until 2027 for $3.05bn (£2.53bn). Disney-owned Star India retained the TV contract for $3.05bn (£2.53bn). The two deals combined are more than double the $2.4bn Star paid for the previous five seasons of the IPL.

Sport

Cricket - Captain Ben Stokes said England's remarkable victory over New Zealand is his greatest win as an England player. England chased 299 with 22 overs to spare on the final day to win the second Test at Trent Bridge. In his second Test since being appointed full-time captain, England pulled off a stunning run-chase in front of a capacity 17,000-crowd that took advantage of the final day attendance being free of charge.

Football – England experienced their worst home defeat in 90 years after losing 4-0 to Hungary last night in the Nations League.  

Meanwhile Liverpool have completed the signing of Uruguay striker Darwin Nunez on a six-year-deal for an initial £64m. The 22-year-old could become the club's record signing, with the fee rising to a potential £85m with add-ons.

Tennis - The US Open will allow Russian and Belarusian players to compete later this year after deciding not to follow Wimbledon's lead in banning them. Players from the two nations will have to compete under a neutral flag at the final Grand Slam event of the season.

Weather

Hazy cloud giving way to a brightening sky in the morning, sunny becoming changeable in the afternoon. Light winds. Highs of 27 degrees in Nice, Cannes and Antibes. 31 degrees in Marseille. This evening going down to 20 degrees with clear skies.

Outlook for tomorrow and Friday - Clear skies highs of between 28-30 degrees.

Sea temperature:  23 degrees          UV level: 8

Sunrise:    05.47hr                                 Sunset:     21.13hr

And Finally

A recent study has shown that families argue three times a week over 'green' issues, such as leaving the lights on, forgetting to switch the TV off and using the wrong bin.

A study of 2,000 adults, commissioned by the British International Education Association (BIEA), found that rows about putting too much water in the kettle and taking long showers are also common. More than three in ten adults also say they have been 'green-shamed' by their children or partner and accused of not being eco-friendly enough.

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