French and Riviera News Wednesday 8th June 2022

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Access to forest areas in the Var banned due to fire risk - The prefecture of the Var has banned all access to forest areas in the region from midday today Wednesday, June 8th. The ban is in place through until Friday due to the risk of forest fires. With the extremely dry conditions and wind forecast this afternoon and tomorrow the authorities say the risk is high and specify that all access, traffic and parking in these areas throughout the Var is prohibited.

Examination centres for young Ukrainians - France is to set up examination centres in Marseille, Bordeaux and the île-de-France for young Ukrainians who wish to pass the ZNO, the country’s equivalent to the baccalaureate. Planned for this summer, the exam will allow those suffering the consequences of the war in their country to obtain the exam and enter a Ukrainian university as soon as the war is over. Among the 18,000 Ukrainian children and adolescents educated in France since the start of the war, those concerned will have to register by this Friday, to take their exam at the end of July or the beginning of August.

Internal investigation - The Nice School of Journalism (EDJ) has just launched an internal investigation into the behaviour of certain teachers towards female students. Several young women have reported inappropriate attitudes from certain supervisors and two teachers have since been laid off.

Air pollution in metro networks in France - The National Health Security Agency (Anses) has recommended new measures to improve the air quality in underground metro networks in France. Commissioned in 2019 to carry out a study, evidence has shown that the air underground is three times more polluted than urban outdoor air. Seven cities in France have underground metros: Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Paris, Rennes, Rouen and Toulouse. The agency says that this is mainly due to friction with the tracks, especially when braking.

Petition to save Place de la Concorde - A Parisian has launched a petition to save the Place de la Concorde. According to Benjamin the largest square in Paris is deteriorating and needs urgent maintenance work. More than 20,000 signatures have already been gathered to protect the square, which is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to the town hall the city does plan to restore the capital’s largest square, but not until after the 2024 Olympic Games, as part of the redevelopment of the Champs-Elysées.

France joins programme for future moon exploration - France on Tuesday joined the programme for future exploration of the Moon driven by the United States. France becomes the 20th country after amongst others such as, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Israel and Brazil, to join the new wave of space exploration. The American program aims to return astronauts to the Moon in 2025, more than 50 years after the historic moon landing of the Apollo 11 mission and to eventually establish a lasting human presence there.

Former French President gets married - Former President of the Republic François Hollande and his partner, actress Julie Gayet, have married at the town hall of Tulle (Corrèze). It was the mayor of Corrèze Bernard Combes who carried out the civil union on June 4th, of his friend François Hollande, whom he succeeded as head of the municipality in 2008. At 67, it’s the first marriage of François Hollande, father of four children he had with his former partner Ségolène Royal.

Business

The World Bank has warned than countries around the world are facing recession as the Ukraine war hits economies already rocked by the Covid pandemic adding that less developed countries in Europe and east Asia face a "major recession".  Energy and food bills have been rising around the world and for many countries, recession will be hard to avoid. The countries in Europe that are most likely to suffer a sharp drop in economic output in 2022 are Ukraine and Russia, the World Bank forecast. But it warned that the fallout from the war and the Covid pandemic would be wider.

Uber has built a "private-label" version of its delivery platform to help the United Nations deliver food and water supplies to war-torn areas of Ukraine. The tech firm is working with the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) which is hand-picking its own drivers and vehicles, although some are former Uber drivers who worked in Ukraine before the Russian invasion.

Apple is planning a buy now pay later (BNPL) service as part of its new operating system, iOS 16. Apple Pay Later will allow users in the US to spread the cost of a purchase into four payments over six weeks, without paying interest or fees. It forms part of a range of new iPhone features, including the ability to edit iMessages and a feature intended to help people in abusive relationships.

Sport

Football - Harry Kane's late penalty gave England a Nations League draw in Germany as he became only the second man to score 50 goals for his country.

Meanwhile Senegal star Sadio Mane scored a 98th-minute penalty in a 1-0 win over Rwanda to maintain the African champions' perfect start to 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

Golf - Tiger Woods has confirmed he will not play at next week's US Open, but still plans to compete at the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews next month. It follows the 15-time major winner's withdrawal from the US PGA Championship in May after three rounds.

Formula One - Williams have been fined $25,000 (£20,000) for a breach of Formula 1's cost cap regulations. The team missed the 31 March 2022 deadline to submit its 2021 accounts and are the first to be punished under the cap since its introduction last year. The cost cap was created to limit how much an F1 team can spend during a calendar year in order to compete.

Rugby Union - Saracens' Ben Earl has been named Premiership player of the season after playing a key role in their title bid.

Weather

Sunny intervals and a gentle breeze. Highs of 25 degrees in Monaco, Nice and Cannes. 29 degrees in La Croix Valmer and Saint Tropez with a moderate breeze. This evening going down to 19 degrees with clear skies.

Outlook for Thursday and Friday - Strong winds in the Var with highs of 30 degrees and sunshine. Sunny and highs of 27 in the Alpes Maritimes.

Sea Temperature     21 degrees       UV level   8

Sunrise     05.48hr                       Sunset      21.10hr

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