French and Riviera News Wednesday 29th June 2022


Fatal accident on the A8 motorway - An 87-year-old man has died in a road accident on the A8 motorway. The fatal accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon shortly before 4pm between Antibes and Cannes at the Piccolaret motorway service area, in Mougins, westbound.  For a reason yet to be determined, a car got stuck under a lorry. Despite the rapid arrival of emergency services, they were unfortunately unable to do anything for the passenger in the car, an 87-year-old man, declared dead at the scene. The other two occupants of the car, a 57-year-old man and an 81-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital in Antibes. Two hours after the accident, traffic conditions were still very difficult on the A8 with the closure of two lanes to allow emergency services to intervene safely despite the bad weather.

Flights cancelled due to bad weather - Meanwhile many flights were delayed or cancelled at Nice International Airport due to the bad weather which hit the region on Tuesday afternoon.

Interventions at sea - There were also several sea rescue interventions due to bad weather on the Côte d'Azur. Off the coast of Cannes, a barge carrying divers was immobilized while the dive was in the water. With the vessel’s anchor stuck, the eleven divers had to swim to the island of Sainte-Marguerite. On the Lérins island, an inflatable boat ran aground without any injuries deplored and at Port Gallice, in Antibes, a sailboat was in turn docked after its mooring broke. Luckily no one was on board. In the Var a family, including a baby, were saved by the SNSM in the Golfe de Saint-Tropez. The SNSM carried out five interventions on Tuesday afternoon.

Roads - On the roads a tree which fell onto the RDN7 between Fréjus and Puget heavily disrupted traffic.

Beaches - Access to the beaches in Fréjus was closed until Wednesday due to bad weather.

Kiss FM Live - And the “Kiss FM Live” scheduled for Tuesday evening in Golfe-Juan also had to be cancelled due to the bad weather. 7,000 people were expected to attend the event at the Théâtre de la mer in Golfe-Juan, as “Kiss FM Live” was to make its comeback after three years of absence due to the pandemic.

60,000 daily positive covid cases - In France, on average more than 60,000 daily positive cases of Covid are detected according to recent figures, which confirm a resumption of the epidemic. In the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region, all the indicators are once again up very