French and Riviera News Wednesday 9th November 2022


French President proposes a decarbonization pact to industrialists - French President Emmanuel Macron has promised the leaders of the fifty most CO2-emitting French industrial sites a doubling of public aid to 10 billion euros in exchange for a doubling of their efforts to fight against greenhouse gas emissions. The Head of State made the announcement as he met with industrialists gathered at the Elysée on Tuesday. Macron went on to say that to achieve this goal the government would also carry out a precise six-month planning "sector by sector". Emmanuel Macron insisted on his desire to accelerate the fight against climate change, after a first five-year term considered too “timid” by environmental specialists. But also, to reindustrialize.

Strike action – Meanwhile, many sectors are set to be disrupted by tomorrow’s national strike action in France. Transport, health and education are all expected to be affected, in particular transport, as unions call for action on wages and pensions. Unions say that the turnout is expected to be greater than the previous day of strike action on October 27th.

Suspect released - A 60-year-old man suspected of attempting to kidnap two schoolgirls in Saint-Martin-du-Var has been released by the police. On September 16th the two girls were approached by the driver of a white Twingo in Saint-Martin-du-Var. The suspect confessed and then denied his actions and was acquitted with the benefit of the doubt.

Air France warns of competition scam on WhatsApp - Air France has warned of a scam circulating on WhatsApp inviting users to participate in a competition organised by the airline. Under the pretext of Black Friday, the message invites recipients to answer a few basic questions such as "Do you know Air France?" before choosing a gift box to try to win tickets. After choosing your gift box, no big surprise: everyone is a winner. A new page full of confetti appears telling the user that they have won his two plane tickets for a trip to Europe. This where the scam appears: to obtain the tickets, the player must share this exceptional promotion with 5 groups or 20 friends. The Internet user is also invited to enter his address, still on a fake site, in no way related to Air France. The airline reacted on Twitter, explaining that it was not at the origin of this fake competition and invites its customers to be vigilant.

New association in the fight against addiction - Backed by the town council of Cogolin in the Var, a doctor and a sports coach have created the association ‘Home Sweet Home&rs