French and Riviera News Wednesday 22nd June 2022

News

Weather warning - The Alpes-Maritimes has been placed on a yellow weather alert with storms forecast. Meteo France issued the warning on Tuesday evening. 25 departments in France are currently on an orange alert from the southwest to the east, and 60 are on yellow alert. The warning is expected to be lifted this morning.

Shooting - A 27-year-old man has been shot and wounded in Salernes in the Var. The incident occurred in the early hours of this morning. The individual was seriously injured in the neck. An investigation has been launched by police.

Apartment fire - Two people have been relocated following an apartment fire in Cannes. The fire broke out shortly after 7.30pm on Tuesday evening on the 5th floor of a building on the Avenue de Lérins. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause.

NFT - La Croisette and the Palais des Festivals have been sold virtually as an NFT. Ten emblematic places of the city of Cannes, including the Croisette and the Palais des Festivals were sold in the form of an NFT on Tuesday, during an auction which made just over 330,000 euros. Until now NFTs (Non-fungible token, or non-fungible token, digital assets) have been limited to graphic creations. For the first time, NFTs linked to real estate locations have been put up for auction. The buyers will receive a secure digital key containing the NFT and a 3D model of their acquisition.

Petition against possible F1 Grand Prix in Nice - A petition has been launched against the possibility of a F1 Grand Prix in Nice. According to F1 boss Stefano Dominicali, the city of Nice is a serious contender as a track to host a F1 GP. The possibility had been mentioned during an interview and at present the current contract for the Grand Prix de France at Le Castellet, in the Var, is still being renegotiated. However, in the Alpes-Maritimes, the Collectif Citoyen 06 has launched a petition to say, "no to the French F1 Grand Prix project in Nice”. This citizen group has put forward the environmental arguments against the project. So far, the petition has gathered nearly a thousand signatures.

Power cuts - Thousands of households in Marseille have been affected by power cuts. On Tuesday about 10,000 properties were reportedly affected in areas of the 7th to 11th arrondissements. Enedis said that the problems were caused by the hot weather and repairs were underway.

Outdoor fires banned - The Prefect of the Var has banned outdoor fires on June 24 and 25. The use by individuals of fireworks, firecrackers and pyrotechnic articles is also banned until July 20. The Prefecture said that the decree had been made in view of the drought situation, the rainfall deficit and the current weather conditions, in particular the high heat which greatly increase the risk of fire in the department.

Covid - The Monaco government has published its weekly update on Covid-19 numbers. In the week from 13 to 19 June, 161 new positive cases for Covid-19 were detected in the Principality. As at yesterday evening, 19 people were hospitalized at the Princess Grace Hospital. There are no patients being treated in intensive care. 78 people were being followed by the Home Monitoring Centre. The incidence rate fell slightly to 411 per 100,000 people from 467 in the previous week.

Business

Australia's energy market operator says it will lift its suspension of the country's main wholesale electricity market as its power crisis eases. The restrictions will be temporarily lifted on Thursday before a final decision is made. In an unprecedented move last week it suspended trading on the platform following a surge in prices.

The American biotechnology company Moderna has announced plans to build a research and production center in the United Kingdom dedicated to messenger RNA vaccines. The contract, whose financial terms have not been disclosed, aims to give patients of the British public health service access "to the next generation of vaccines and treatments" providing a center for research and development on RNA vaccines, a center for the production of vaccines, and the holding of a large part of the clinical trials on British soil.

The boss of Tesla Elon Musk has announced that he wants to reduce the company's salaried workforce by 10%, or 3.5% of the total workforce. Musk, who had said two weeks earlier that he wanted to reduce the company's workforce by around 10%, clarified his intentions during an event organized by Bloomberg. According to the American billionaire, this 10% reduction will only concern Tesla employees, which means a 3.5% drop in the total workforce of the electric car manufacturer.

Sport

Golf – Brooks Koepka is to quit the PGA Tour and join the Saudi Arabian-backed LIV Golf series. The four-time major champion is expected to play in the second 54-hole, 48-man tournament that runs from 30 June to 2 July in Portland, Oregon.

Football – Italian club Inter Milan have agreed a deal to sign striker Romelu Lukaku on a season long loan from Chelsea. The Blues signed the 29-year-old from Inter for £97.5m in August 2021, but he will return to the Serie A side having struggled last season.

Weather

Cloudy with light showers and a risk of thunderstorms. Light winds. Highs of 27 degrees in Nice, Antibes and Cannes. This evening going down to 20 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for Thursday and Friday - Sunny with highs of 27- 28 degrees.

Sea Temperature     25                        UV Level 8

Sunrise                        05.48                  Sunset 21.15

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