French and Riviera News Wednesday 28th June 2023

News

Teenager shot dead during police check in Nanterre - An officer has been detained by police and twenty people have been arrested after the police officer shot dead a 17-year-old who refused to stop for traffic police in Nanterre, a suburb on the outskirts of Paris. The driver was reportedly, already known to the authorities, for driving without a license and refusing to comply.  The incident has led to a night of violence, as protesters threw fireworks and set cars alight on Tuesday. Riot police used tear gas to break up protesters.

Videos on social media show the 38-year-old policeman pointing a gun at the driver of a car, before a gunshot is heard. The car then crashes to a stop. The teenager died from a gunshot to the chest at the scene, despite the help of emergency services. The victim has been named as Naël M. Two others were in the car at the time of the shooting, of whom one fled while another, also a minor, was arrested and held by police.

Authorities have opened two separate investigations one into the possible intentional killing by a person in a position of public authority, and another into the driver's failure to stop and allegedly attempt to kill the police officer. France's Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said that the two officers involved in the incident were being questioned by the police and that the video shared on social media was "extremely shocking". Leader of France’s Left-wing party Jean-Luc Mélenchon expressed his "heartfelt condolences" to the family of the victim adding that "no officer has the right to kill unless in self-defence”.

Two weeks ago, a 19-year-old driver was shot dead by police in the western France town of Angouleme, after allegedly hitting an officer in the legs during a traffic stop. Last year, a record 13 people died from police shootings in France during traffic stops. Tuesday’s killing is the second this year.

Macron in Marseille - On the second day of his trip to Marseille, French President Emmanuel Macron addressed education and health. Speaking to French media Macron pointed out that “there is no other city in mainland France where hospitals and caregivers are helped so much by the state before announcing an "additional aid of 240 million euros for hospitals in the city”. The money will go towards modernising hospitals in Marseille which was a commitment made by the head of state two years ago as part of his “big plan” for the city.

Macron also spoke of education on Tuesday saying that he wanted to "open a debate" on school time, stressing the possibility of reducing the duration of school summer holidays which he believes are too long making them a source of inequality. Macron said that while some benefit during this break from "travel" and "language courses", "the children of some neighbourhoods are left with little sports infrastructure, in families who are already in difficulty".  The president also judged that the long holidays lead to learning losses: saying "children return on September 1st with skills they had a month, a month and a half, before classes stopped".

Macron also cited the "youth" of Marseille and "the Mediterranean" adding that Marseille is “one of the youngest cities in France with an incredible opening on the Mediterranean”. He concluded that “he wished to put an end to anger in the face of helplessness and transform it into positive energy".

Pedestrian dies after being hit by a truck in Nice - A 77-year-old pedestrian has died after being hit by a truck in Nice. The incident occurred on the Boulevard de Riquier at 2pm on Tuesday afternoon. Despite the intervention from emergency services the woman died on the spot. An investigation has been opened to determine the exact circumstances.

Police search operation - Police have carried out a massive search operation in the Alpes Maritimes.  Helicopters were deployed and roadblocks were set up in and around Grasse on Tuesday midday, as they searched for a man who was eventually arrested by the afternoon. The young offender is suspected of having carried out several attacks in recent weeks. As a precaution schools and public buildings in Peymeinade were closed during the police intervention. The 23-year-old suspect was arrested without difficulty on the road between Châteauneuf-Grasse and Rouret. According to police he was not armed and has since been placed in police custody.

Tension at the city council meeting in Menton - There was tension during a city council meeting in Menton on Tuesday evening as local police were called to intervene after the mayor of the city said “get him out” to another elected official. According to local media the elected official from the opposition had wanted to ask a question and was asked by the mayor to “wait until the end of the council”, as rules require, however faced with his insistence the mayor requested the intervention of four local police officers to remove the elected opposition member from the council chamber.  Upon the arrival of the officers and after a moment of hesitation, the elected official did eventually agreed to speak at the end of the meeting allowing it to continue as normal.

Weather warning - The Alpes-Maritimes has been placed on yellow weather alert with thunderstorms and hail expected locally. The warning from Météo France is in place from around midday today. According to Météo Côte d'Azur, heavy rainfall and a risk of hail is expected in the hinterland of Menton. Near the coastal areas, cloudy with sunny patches and a heavy atmosphere.

Business

In a move seen as a sign that the UK is willing to work more closely with the EU a pact has been signed between the two to increase co-operation on financial services. The UK’s Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said building a constructive relationship was of mutual benefit, as the UK and EU financial markets were "deeply interconnected". The pact will see a forum set up where the EU and UK can meet twice a year to discuss financial regulation and standards.

Once the star of the German car industry former Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler has been given a 21-month suspended sentence and a fine for fraud and negligence in the 2015 diesel emissions scandal. Stadler is the first top manager to be tried and convicted as part of Dieselgate. German carmaker Volkswagen and its Audi subsidiary admitted at the time to using cheat software so their cars appeared less polluting in tests.

The partnership between British drinks giant Diageo and rapper Sean Combs, known as “Diddy” has come to an end after the rapper sued the firm, accusing it of neglecting his tequila brand due to his race. The company said Combs’ complaints were false and defamatory and made in an effort to extract money from the company. Combs’ lawyer said Diageo was trying to distract from his claims.

Sport

Cricket - Following the publication of a damning report for the world of cricket on Tuesday, accusing the sport of widespread racism, sexism, classism and elitism, England’s captain Ben Stokes has said he is "deeply sorry" to hear of experiences of discrimination in the sport in both England and Wales. Giving a statement ahead of today’s start of the second men's Ashes Test at Lord's against Australia, Stokes said cricket "must go further and be more inclusive and diverse".

Football - Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic has been signed by Manchester City from Chelsea for an initial £25m. The deal for the 29-year-old is also worth a possible £5m in add-ons and he has signed a four-year contract.

Rugby Union - Great Britain's women's rugby sevens team have won gold at the European Games in Poland in Tuesday’s final to clinch a place at the Paris 2024 Olympics. The dominant GB women ran in five tries to beat Poland 33-0. The men's side missed out on Olympic qualification but secured silver following a 26-12 defeat by Ireland. They will have one last chance to secure a spot in Paris at the final Olympic qualification tournament in June next year.

Weather

Thundery showers are forecast possiblity of some sunny spells, with a moderate wind in Monaco and Nice. Meteo France has issued a yellow weather warning from midday for the Alpes Maritimes hinterland. Highs of 28 degrees. 30 degrees in Antibes and inland in the Alpes Maritimes. This evening going down to 23 degrees along the coast and 18 degrees inland.

Saint-Tropez and the Var mainly fine with a gentle breeze. Highs of 30 degrees along the coast and 31 degrees in Draguiguan. This evening doing down to 21 degrees in Rayol Canadel and 19 degrees inland in the Var.   

The outlook for tomorrow - showers are forecast for the Alpes Maritimes in the morning and inland by the afternoon. In the Var it should remain dry, highs of 26-28 degrees. Friday thundery showers across the region highs of 32 in the Var and 28 in the Alpes Maritimes.

Sunrise                05.50am

Sunset                 09.16pm

Beach weather

La Ciotat – Sea temperature is 24 degrees. Air temperature is 29 degrees. Sunny. UV level 10.

Saint-Tropez - Sea temperature is 24 degrees. Air temperature 29 degrees. Sunny intervals. UV level 10.

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