French and Riviera News Wednesday 1st December 2021


Man dies in a fire in the Var - The director of a dance school in La Crau in the Var has been killed after a fire broke out on the premises. The blaze broke out in the early hours of Tuesday morning and spread to a residential part of the building where the director, 36-year-old Vincent Hermitte, his partner and her five-year-old daughter were staying. The woman and her daughter were able to be pulled to safety and were hospitalised in Hyeres. A firefighter was also injured during the intervention. An investigation has been opened to determine the cause of the blaze.

Residents evacuated after fire breaks out in underground carpark – Meanwhile thirty residents have been evacuated from their apartment block in Grasse after a fire broke out in the underground car park. Shortly before 5pm on Tuesday November 30th, firefighters were called for a fire in a car park in the basement of a two-storey apartment building located on Route de Saint-Mathieu. The blaze was soon contained and extinguished. Police are looking into the cause.

Beaulieu college evacuated – And some 560 students from the Cocteau college in Beaulieu-sur-Mer have been evacuated after a threatening message circulated on the intranet of the establishment. Police have since opened an investigation into the incident after intervening on site on Tuesday morning. The students were unable to return to school in the afternoon and parents were asked to pick up their children. Classes which were interrupted are scheduled to resume this Wednesday.

Closure of tunnel in Nice causes long traffic jams on Tuesday evening - Motorists in Nice found themselves stuck in traffic during Tuesday evening's rush hour due to the closure of the Liautaud tunnel. As reported on Tuesday lunchtime the tunnel had been closed as a precaution due to an incident, which occurred while work was being carried out inside of the tunnel. The closure meant that the city on Tuesday evening had to change the circulation on the port of Nice causing long tail backs in and around the port area. The tunnel connects the Promenade to the Paillon and has been undergoing renovation work but had until now remained open.

Cases of covid in Monaco - Twenty-nine new cases of covid have been identified in Monaco on Tuesday 30th November bringing the total number of residence affected since the beginning of the pandemic to 3,767. Eight people are currently in hospital and 136 are being followed by the Home Monitoring Centre.

WHO advises at risk and unvaccinated not to travel - Meanwhile the World Health Organization