French and Riviera News Wednesday 20th July 2022


Forest fires - After several days of fighting the flames in the Gironde southwestern France, authorities noted a “glimmer of hope” on Tuesday evening as the flames appeared to ease. French President Emmanuel Macron is due to visit the region today Wednesday 20th July accompanied by France’s Interior Minister. According to the latest report just over 20,000 hectares of forest land have been destroyed and 34,000 people residents and holidaymakers have been evacuated. However, thanks to the significant land and air resources involved including 2,000 firefighters and 8 Canadairs, the progression of the fires was reportedly limited by Tuesday evening. No serious injuries were reported, but one firefighter was injured. The smell of smoke driven by the wind, were felt overnight from Monday to Tuesday in Bordeaux and further north, as far as Paris in the evening. The man placed in police custody as part of the investigation into the fires, a 39-year-old from the region has had his police custody extended. He is reportedly already known to authorities.

Three violent thefts of luxury watches in Cannes in less than 48 hours - Police in Cannes have warned the public to be extra vigilant following three violent thefts of luxury watches in less than 48 hours. The first was committed on Sunday in the town centre when a Chinese tourist had his watch, valued at 400,000 euros, brutally snatched from his wrist. The second incident occurred on Monday evening at around midnight on the Boulevard Georges-Clemenceau, for a watch estimated to be worth 30,000 euros and a third robbery was carried out on Tuesday evening at around 6.30pm at La Bocca when the owner of an Omega watch worth 5,000 euros was beaten before being robbed. With an increase in the number of incidents occurring in the middle of the street and in some cases, in broad daylight, police have called for caution when wearing precious jewellery in the city.  An investigation is underway no arrests have yet been made.  

Marine pollution alert lifted - A marine pollution alert in Nice implemented as a precaution has been lifted. On Monday authorities evacuated swimmers from the sea in front of two beaches, the Centenaire and the Beau Rivage, following reports of an oil pollution. On Tuesday swimmers were able to return to the water after samples taken proved to be reassuring.

Alpes Maritimes placed on weather warning on Tuesday evening - Following an orange heat wave alert in the Alpes-Maritimes the region found itself placed on a yellow weather alert on Tuesday evening with storms forecast inland. The warning was issued by Météo France after a violent storm hit the hinterland on Monday in the town of Saint-M