French and Riviera News Wednesday 19th October 2022


French President expresses condolences - French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed his condolences to the parents of the teenager found dead in a plastic trunk in Paris. The parents of Lola met with Macron at the Elysée Palace on Tuesday. The Head of State promised his “full support and solidarity”. French investigators have charged a woman suspected of raping and murdering the 12-year-old girl and a judge has ordered that she be held in provisional custody.

Meanwhile there has been a show of grief and outrage over the murder which has now turned into a political row over the migrant status of the suspect after it emerged that she is an Algerian immigrant under orders to leave France. Macron’s political opponents on the right and far right have accused the French government of failing the family.

Strike action at TotalEnergies - The CGT union is today at noon, expected to take a new decision concerning a possible renewal of the strike action at TotalEnergies. On Tuesday evening, the CGT coordinator of the TotalEnergies group told French media that the strike movement within the group was renewed until at least Wednesday.

It was last Friday that the CGT refused the 5% wage agreement and an exceptional bonus of between 3,000 and 6,000 euros which was concluded between the management and two majority unions the CFE-CGC and the CFDT. The CGT demands a 10% increase to offset the inflation expected this year and to take advantage of the exceptional income earned by the oil group in 2021.

Restriction on sale of petrol extended – Meanwhile, the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes has extended the restrictions on the sale of petrol in the department. The measure put in place since last week, will be extended to October 24th. On Tuesday, 38 out of 103 service stations were still out of petrol. The measure means that it is still prohibited for vehicles to take more than 30 litres of fuel when refuelling. Trucks are still limited to 200 litres and the purchase of fuel in jerry cans is also still prohibited.

Water restrictions extended - The Alpes-Maritimes prefecture has also announced that water restrictions will remain in place until November 15th. With more than mild temperatures for the month of October, the Côte d'Azur continues to suffer from the lack of water and the rainfall is still in deficit. While localized rainfall since August has certainly helped to temporarily relieve the levels of certain superficial rivers, it has not made it possible to reverse the trend in the long term.

Mild weather - According to M&eacu