French and Riviera News Wednesday 9th February 2022


Police launch appeal to find 14-year-old girl who ran away from home – Police in the Var have launched an appeal following the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl on February 6th. Manon Schlencker, reportedly ran away from home in her father's car, a black Peugeot 308 with the registration number FA-015-RT. She was at the time wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a white T-shirt and a black hooded jacket. The teenager was last spotted the following day on February 7th in Avignon. Police in Lorgues in charge of the investigation are looking for any witnesses to come forward. They can be contacted on 04 94 73 70 11.

Several villas in the Cap d'Antibes evacuated following gas leak - Several villas in Cap d'Antibes have been evacuated following a gas leak. The incident occurred in the Garoupe district on Tuesday morning as residents were evacuated, while emergency services and agents from the gas board intervened.

Arrests made in connection with arson attack on restaurant in southern Corsica - Seven people have been questioned by police in Corsica and the PACA region, in connection with an arson attack on a restaurant in southern Corsica, dating back to July 2021. Several arrests were made on Tuesday February 8th, as part of the investigation into the incident. The attack was made on the hotel "Bella Vista" in Ajaccio with the terrace of the hotel being ravaged by flames. No casualties were reported. The investigation continues.

Two teenagers arrested for attempting to steal a scooter in Cannes - Two 16-year-olds have been arrested in Cannes for attempting to steal a scooter. The incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The two teenagers were caught red handed thanks to CCTV footage and will appear in court in the coming days.

Teacher suspended for not wearing a mask - An internal investigation is currently underway at the university in Cannes after a teacher was suspended for not wearing a mask. The incident occurred following an altercation with a student when the teacher arrived in class not wearing a mask.

Several earth tremors felt in the Var region - Several earth tremors have been recorded in the Var region. At least 14 small earthquakes were recorded between Monday and Tuesday night in Draguignan. A rather rare event, the strongest tremor was detected at 5.13am on Tuesday morning with a magnitude of 2.3.

Homeless man treats himself to fine dining experience in restaurant in Cannes - A 22-year-old homeless man from Cannes has treated himself to a fine dining experience without paying the bill. According to local reports the individual went to one of the town's finest restaurants and ordered food, wine, coffee and dessert, before finishing off his experience with a cocktail at which point, he told staff that he could not pay the bill. Arrested and placed in police custody the man justified his actions by saying "he has to eat". He is to appear in court in April.

Historically low snowfall rate in region's ski resort - The ski resort of Auron in the Alpes Maritimes has experienced historically low snowfall, with no snow since January 8th. The last snowfall greater than 10cm dates back to Christmas Day. Forecasters say snow is on its way, expected on February 14th however, they warn that "the natural snow cover will probably not return to normal this season".

The body of an Italian woman has been discovered at her home two years after her death – The body of an Italian woman has been discovered at her home, two years after her death. The 70-year-old woman, found mummified in her chair more than two years after her death has sent shockwaves through Italy, reviving the debate about the loneliness of the elderly. Marinella Beretta, who no longer had a living relative, was found in her home in Prestino, near Lake Como, in Lombardy (north of Italy). Her neighbours hadn't seen her in at least two and a half years, according to media reports. In Italy, nearly 40% of people over 75 live alone. The same percentage of people have no relatives or friends to turn to when needed. Beretta's neighbours, who hadn't seen her since September 2019, thought she had moved at the start of the pandemic, which hit Italy in early 2020. Police found nothing at the scene that could suggest a suspicious death.

National News

French government announces increase in number of beds in intensive care - France's Minister of Health has announced an increase in the number of beds in intensive care in hospitals in France. Olivier Véran made the announcement on Tuesday February 8th without specifying when. The increase will see 1,000 additional beds, an increase of 20% on the current capacity.

Presidential elections - Although he is still not a candidate, French President Emmanuel Macron remains firmly in the lead in voting intentions for the presiden