French and Riviera News Wednesday 25th May 2022


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 be