French and Riviera News Wednesday 22nd June 2022


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 articl