French and Riviera News Wednesday 6th July 2022


Safety campaign - Following the tragic death of a 5-year-old child hit by an electric scooter in Nice, the city of Antibes has launched a prevention campaign reminding users to wear a helmet and that riding on the pavement is forbidden. The awareness campaign was put online before the terrible accident which claimed the life of a 5-year-old child but now posters with a clear slogan have been displayed throughout the town. Fines for being caught riding on the pavement can set you back 135 euros and 35 euros if you are carrying a passenger.

Strike action – Due to strike action today from the SNCF the region's rail network is expected to experience delays and cancellations. Passengers are advised to check before travelling or use another mode of transport. This morning at Nice train station it was reported that there were no trains running between Nice and Monaco from 7.36am to 9.06am.

Fire on the island of Porquerolles - A fire has broken on the island of Porquerolles in the Var. Firefighters intervened late afternoon on Tuesday and managed to quickly bring the blaze under control. 400m² of vegetation situated behind the Argent beach was destroyed by the flames. The origin of this fire remains to be determined and teams are on site to try to collect clues.

Var records record temperature  - Meanwhile the Var region recorded a record temperature of 39.8° degrees in Cogolin on Tuesday and it was almost equalled in Fréjus with 39 degrees and 38.9 degrees in Le Luc.

Bad smell in Golfe-Juan - After being alerted by many beach goers the city council of Golfe-Juan has commissioned a company to determine where a particularly bad smell is coming from on the Midi beach in Golfe-Juan. Samples are being taken to try to determine the cause of the smell around Port Camille-Rayon. and the Midi beach which was created in the 1980s when the port infrastructure was built.

Dean of Antibes dies aged 106 - Maria Alati, the dean of Old Antibes has died at the age of 106. Maria was the dean of old Antibes and even of the city. Born in 1916 in Calabria, she arrived in the city at 14 with her father. Maria's funeral was held on Tuesday at the town’s cathedral.

Baccalaureate - Figures have shown that the success rate for the baccalaureate in France this year is 86%. A drop of 4.7 points compared to last year when the success rate stood at 90.5%. On Tuesday France’s Minister of Education Pap Ndiaye commented on the results saying that it was "not entirely surprising" because "this year is the fi