French and Riviera News Wednesday 5th July 2023

News

Investigation into the death of man hit by a projectile during riots in Marseille - An investigation has been opened into the death of a 27-year-old man who was hit by a projectile during riots in Marseille on Saturday. Prosecutors have said that it was not possible to determine where the man was when he was shot or whether the victim had taken part in the riots. On Tuesday they said that the likely cause of death was a violent shock to the chest from a “flash-ball” projectile as used by riot police but did not specify who fired or owned the gun. The impact led to cardiac arrest and sudden death.

Gathering of mayors - Unrest appeared to ease on Tuesday across France as French President Emmanuel Macron met with more than 300 mayors whose municipalities had been affected by the riots to explore the “deeper reasons” for it. At the gathering, Macron was hoping to “start the painstaking, long-term work needed to understand the deeper reasons that led to these events”. But with right- and left-wing officials unable to agree the president said at the end of the meeting that they had failed to find “unanimity”. In response to the gathering the mayor of Neuilly-sur-Marne east of Paris, said “I came to hear the president give us a vision, set a course. I didn’t come for a group therapy session”. According to figures from the government nearly 4,000 arrests have been made since Friday, including more than 1,200 minors. Macron has suggested fining the parents of children involved. Meanwhile employers’ organisations called on the French government to create an emergency fund “for those who lost everything”.

Online collection for police officer – Meanwhile, the mother of Nahel has taken legal action against an online collection for the family of the 38-year-old police officer which was launched by far-right figure Jean Messiha calling it an “organised gang scam” and denouncing “fraudulent manoeuvres aimed at deceiving people”.  The kitty has gathered more that 1.5 million euros sparking outrage in particular among the political left.  A fund to support the family of Nahel has run to just under 346,000 euros.

Fugitive arrested - A man suspected of two murders who was on the run from a detention centre in the Orne department has been arrested. He was captured near Angers in the Maine-et-Loire department in the north-west of France. Before his escape the man in his forties was already serving a sentence for attempted murder as well as one for aggravated property damage.

Police call for witnesses - Police have called for witnesses in order to find possible victims of a sexual predator in the Alpes Maritimes. The man is believed to have been operating in the region since 2018. He is suspected of exhibitionism and sexual assaults on woman. The individual assaulted his victims between 1am and 4am asking them for a cigarette and then following them in his car. Aged between 25 to 30.  Anyone with information can contact the investigators on 04.92.17.22.07 or 04.92.17.21.79.

Wife of French footballer shocked by treatment - The wife of French footballer Hugo Lloris has said that she has been left “scandalised” after being “denied access to the A&E services at Cagnes-sur-Mer”. On social media Marine Lloris wrote "for the first time, I felt out of place in my own country". The couple and their children have been living in London since 2012 however, while on vacation in Cagnes-sur-Mer, her birthplace, the wife of the former goalkeeper of the French football team arrived at the A&E service of the Saint-Jean hospital on Friday, June 30th, where she was refused treatment for an allergy due to the lack of a “carte vitale” and French social security number.

Tap water - It's likely to be the middle of August before households in five municipalities in the Alpes-Maritimes can resume drinking tapwater. Mains water has been contaminated by a parasite in Cabris, Saint-Cezaire-sur-Siagne, Speracedes, Peymeinade and Le Tignet for the past few weeks. The Grasse water authority said that several measures had still to be taken including the flushing of the pipe network and extensive testing. Bottled water is being distributed in the meantime.

Climate – According to an American agency Monday July 3rd was the hottest day ever measured globally. The readings, which need to be confirmed, show for the first time an average temperature exceeding 17°C on a global scale. However, this data only goes back to 1979. On average, the temperature at the surface of the earth was 17.01°C, this is the first time that it has exceeded the bar of 17°C. The previous daily record is dated July 24, 2022, when there was an average temperature measured at 16.92°C.

Baby names - Gabriel, Léo, Jade, Louise, so which name is the most popular in France for 2022? INSEE has published its ranking using information collected from the birth certificates of children born in France in 2022. Gabriel for boys and Jade for girls were the two names at the top of the hit parade.

For girls, the most popular names are Jade (3,420 times), Louise (3,412) and Ambre (3,380). For boys, parents voted for Gabriel (4,889), Léo (4,078) and Raphaël (3,798). In the south of France, Giulia was preferred in the Bouches-du-Rhône. Among boys, Gabriel is number 1 in several departments in the south-east of France, including on the Côte d'Azur.

Business

More than a year after Russia invaded Ukraine the maker of Dove soap and Cornetto ice cream has defended its decision to keep operating in Russia. Unilever said that exiting was "not straightforward" as its operations would be taken over by the Russian state if it abandoned them. It comes after a campaign group estimated the firm is contributing £579m to the Russian economy annually. The Moral Rating Agency accused the firm of facilitating Russia's invasion.

Amid a crippling fuel crisis and a dire economic outlook, the island's leadership has again turned to its old ally, Russia, for help. For weeks, the fuel crisis has pushed Cuban people to the brink of desperation. It's the latest in a series of major challenges they have faced recently: food insecurity, inflation and electricity blackouts. Cuba's long-standing woes stem from government mismanagement and the US economic embargo but were worsened by the collapse of the tourism industry during the coronavirus pandemic. For some Russian companies, though, that has presented a unique opportunity. At a recent trade forum in the capital Cuba signed a series of agreements with Russian businesses covering everything from tourism and agriculture to energy.

Sport

Tennis – Two-time champion Andy Murray maintained his record of never losing in the Wimbledon first round with victory over fellow Briton Ryan Peniston. Murray, ranked 40th in the world, started slowly against Peniston on Centre Court but went on to win 6-3 6-0 6-1. Meanwhile British number one Cameron Norrie, a semi-finalist last year, won 6-3 4-6 6-1 6-4 against Czech Tomas Machac.

Football - Mason Mount has told Chelsea fans a move to Manchester United is "what's right for me at this moment in my career". The England international addressed supporters in a social media video on Tuesday. Mount has agreed a transfer to United on a five-year contract for a £55m fee, plus £5m in add-ons. The midfielder joined Chelsea at the age of six, and he realises some Blues fans will not be pleased with his move.

Rugby Union - Ireland qualified for the semi-finals of the World Rugby Under-20 Championships with a 47-27 win over Fiji in their final group game. The victory means Ireland finish top of Pool B, with England being held to a 22-22 draw by Australia.

Weather

Sunny with a gentle breeze. Highs of 26 degrees in Monaco. 27 degrees in Nice and Antibes. 28 degrees in Cannes. 30 degrees in Saint-Tropez with a moderate breeze.

This evening going down to 21 degrees along the coast and 19 degrees inland with clear skies.

The outlook for tomorrow and Friday. Fine and sunny with highs of 31 degrees inland in the Var and the Alpes Maritimes and 28-30 degrees along the coast.

Sunrise       05.54am

Sunset        09.15pm

Beach weather forecast

Nice – Sea temperature 24 degrees. Air temperature 26 degrees. UV level 9.

Cannes – Sea temperature 24 degrees. Air temperature 27 degrees. UV level 10.  

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