French and Riviera News Wednesday 25th May 2022

News

Construction worker dies on site in Nice – A workman has died on a construction site in Nice. The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon on the Avenue des Chênes in the north of the city. Emergency services intervened only to find the man in his thirties trapped under a construction machine.

Fire at campsite in the Var - A fire at Les Prairies de la Mer campsite near Grimaud in the Var has destroyed about fifteen mobile homes. Thirty people were evacuated on Tuesday afternoon shortly after 4.30pm as 55 firefighters intervened. Police believe the fire started from a bungalow; an investigation is currently underway.

Drought alert – In an unprecedented situation 94% of the Alpes Maritimes region is on a drought alert. Measures to restrict water consumption have already been introduced in 98 municipalities. According to the prefecture the lack of rainfall for the last several months in the Alpes-Maritimes has meant that "groundwaters have never been so low" and "several streams are already dry".

Heavy traffic for this week’s bank holiday - Bison Futé has classified traffic throughout France as red this Wednesday and Thursday, as many will be taking to the roads for the only long weekend in May. In our region's motorists have been advised to avoid the A8 motorway, between Aix-en-Provence and Fréjus, from 3pm to 8pm today Wednesday 25th May and from 10am to 1pm on Thursday.

Vaccination for monkeypox - The French High Authority of Health has recommended the vaccination of at-risk adults and healthcare professionals after exposure to monkeypox. The HAS recommends vaccination for adult contacts deemed to be at high risk as defined by Public Health France, including health professionals exposed without individual protection measures. It said that a so-called third generation vaccine should be ideally administered within 4 days after the at-risk contact and a maximum of 14 days later.

Petition for the return of the Jean Charles kiosk - A petition to see the return of the Jean-Charles kiosk in Nice has collected more than 2,700 signatures. The people of Nice have asked the mayor to reinstate “Chez Felix” which specialises in “pan bagnat” a Niçoise speciality. The establishment has been run by the same family since 1966. Following a decision from the city council the emblematic establishment was forced to close after its four-year lease was not renewed.

Film about urban rodeos causes controversy at Cannes festival - There has been controversy around the film Rodeo directed by Lola Quivoron and presented at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. During an interview Quivoron denounced the criminalization of urban rodeos claiming it to be "a fairly misunderstood practice” and accusing police of causing accidents “because they chase those taking part creating a form of precariousness which suddenly pushes the riders towards death”. The directors’ comments have been met with strong reactions on social media namely from the mayor of Cannes David Lisnard who said he was “not convinced by the words of Lola Quivoron adding that authorities will continue to pursue and arrest the perpetrators of urban rodeos.

Google Street View - For the first time and to celebrate its fifteenth anniversary, Google Street View, its virtual navigation tool, has unveiled the ranking of the ten favourite locations of Internet users in France. In the first place and not surprisingly is the Eiffel Tower followed by the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, Disneyland Paris, the Parc des Princes, the Sacré-Coeur, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, the Château de Versailles and finally the Pantheon. Since the creation of the service, Google Street View cameras have recorded a total of 220 billion images around the world, for 16 million kilometres travelled. The cameras are regularly on-board cars, but can also be fitted to pedestrians, or even more unusual operators such as camels.

Business

In a move that could push Russia closer to default, the US is cutting off another financial route for Russia to pay its international debts. The US Treasury Department said it would end a waiver that had allowed US bondholders to accept payments, tightening sanctions imposed over the war in Ukraine. Russia, which is rich from its oil and gas supplies, has the funds to pay. It has already signalled plans to contest any declaration of default.

The fear of recession is overshadowing the World Economic Forum in Davos. It has been two years since the world's business and political elite have been allowed to attend the summit in person, due to Covid. But the reunion has been marred with warnings of "dire human consequences" of global slowdowns due to the war in Ukraine. Russia's attack on Ukraine has also led to a severe disruption of key food supplies of wheat and sunflower oil. The supply shock is expected to last into next year.

A subsidiary of the mining and commodities trading giant Glencore has pleaded guilty to seven counts of bribery in a London court. The firm also said it will pay more than $1bn (£800m) to resolve similar claims with the US and Brazil. The UK's Serious Fraud Office said it had exposed "profit-driven bribery and corruption" across Glencore Energy UK's oil operations in five African nations. The firm will find how much it must pay in fines at a sentencing in June.

Sport

Football - The Premier League has approved the £4.25bn takeover of Chelsea by a consortium led by LA Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly. The league says the consortium has passed its owner's and directors' test. The purchase remains subject to the Government issuing the required sale licence. The final stages of the transaction will then need to be completed.

And Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been named the League Managers Association's manager of the year. The 54-year-old German collected the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy, which is voted for by the full membership of managers across all the divisions. Klopp also won the Premier League manager of the year despite his side missing out on the title by a point to Manchester City on Sunday.

Rugby Union - Gloucester head coach George Skivington has committed his future to the club by signing a new "long-term deal". Skivington, 39, joined the Cherry and Whites in June 2020 following his role as forwards coach at fellow Premiership club London Irish. The former lock retired from playing because of injury in 2016 after spells at Wasps, Leicester and London Irish.

Monaco Grand Prix

Action starts ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix here in Monaco tomorrow Thursday 26th May, as the Regional Alpine Formula take to the circuit for a 50-minute practice at 2pm, followed by the practice for the Porsche Supercup at 3.35pm and finally the practice for the Formula 2 at 5.05pm.

Weather

Overcast to begin, with a risk of showers. Improving during the day with sunny spells by this afternoon. Light winds. Highs of 25 degrees in Monaco, Nice and Saint-Tropez. This evening going down to 18 degrees with clear skies.

Outlook for Thursday and Friday - Tomorrow fine with highs of 27 degrees. Friday becoming increasingly cloudy by the afternoon highs of 29.

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