French and Riviera News Wednesday 8th June 2022


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 Mo