French and Riviera News Wednesday 27th July 2022


34-year-old man drowns - A 34-year-old man from Roquebrune has drowned at the Larvotto beach in Monaco. The tragic incident occurred shortly before 11pm on Tuesday evening. According to reports the victim was under the influence of alcohol at the time. An hour earlier, a friend who was with him during the evening had dialled “17” when he had no news of him. Minutes later emergency services found the body of the missing man only a few meters from the shore. The fatal drowning occurred outside of swimming surveillance hours. An autopsy has been carried out, but the conclusions are not yet known. The investigation continues.

1,000 hectares destroyed by fire near Montpellier - 1,000 hectares of woodland and scrubland have been destroyed by a fire about twenty kilometres from Montpellier (Hérault). On Tuesday authorities asked around 300 people to evacuate the nearby village and five firefighters were slightly injured. An inquiry has favoured a criminal track

Fire at town hall of Saint-Tropez - A fire has broken out in the town hall of Saint-Tropez. The incident occurred at around 5.30pm on Tuesday and employees were evacuated. Nobody was injured but the town hall will be closed this Wednesday morning. An investigation has been opened to determine the cause.

July 2022 driest since 1958 - July 2022 will "very likely" be the driest July since 1958. According to Météo France on average in France eight millimetres of rain fell from July 1st to 25th, a huge deficit. So far, the driest July ever recorded since the start of Météo-France measurements is that of 2020, with 16 millimetres of cumulative rain.

Improvement covid figures in Monaco - The Monaco government has issued its weekly update on Covid-19 numbers. There has been an improvement in the indicators with the incidence rate falling to 460 per 100,000 people compared with 733 in the previous week. In the week from 18 to 24 July, 180 new positive cases of Covid-19 were recorded. As of Monday evening, 29 people, including 22 residents, were hospitalized at the Princess Grace Hospital. No patient was being treated in intensive care. 85 people were being monitored by the Home Monitoring Centre.

More than 1,000 verbal or physical attacks on doctors - More than 1,000 verbal or physical attacks on doctors have been recorded in France in 2021. These attacks, 70% verbal, mainly affect general practitioners. At a time when the health system is suffering from recruitment difficulties, the Doctors' Safety Observatory recalls that they are exposed to verbal or physical attacks. In 2021, 1,009 incidents were reported by health professi