French and Riviera News Wednesday 15th June 2022


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