Lunchtime News Thursday 24th February 2022


Fire - A fire has broken out in a residence in Forcalqueiret in the Var. Fire services were alerted at 8am this Thursday morning. At least four people have been injured including two children and 14 people were evacuated. Firefighters managed to contain the fire to the ground floor of the two storey building. Police have opened an investigation to determine the cause.

Recall smoked salmon from Leclerc supermarket - Due to the risk of listeria contamination a batch of smoked salmon sold in E. Leclerc supermarkets across France has been recalled. The official recall website RappelConso says that the product should not be consumed and shoppers should either throw it away or take it back to Leclerc for a refund. An information phone number has been set up for consumers at 0800 865 286.

New recycling centre in Antibes - A "new generation" recycling centre has opened today in Antibes. Reserved primarily for professionals, the structure is set up at the Trois-Moulins industrial zone. It’s an efficient and secure installation which will relieve other recycling centres. After work started last summer, the brand-new facility replaces the old centre located on the site of the future Ecotone complex.

Abramovich's private plane leaves Nice airport - According to local reports billionaire Roman Abramovich's private plane has left Nice-Côte d'Azur airport to fly to Russia this morning. It is not confirmed if Abramovich was onboard but the plane which had been at Nice airport for a few days left for Russia just hours after the start of the war in Ukraine. Abramovich is a regular visitor to the region settling in the "Château de la Croë" and its seven hectares of Cap d'Antibes. His yacht, the Eclipse, one of the longest in the world, is also frequently moored in the port of Antibes and anchors regularly almost everywhere off the Côte d'Azur. During the first lockdown in March 2020, Roman Abramovich had announced that he wanted to help the community of Antibes.

CAC40 falls sharply - Along with other European markets, the CAC 40 fell sharply on Thursday morning after Vladimir Putin ordered a large-scale military operation targeting all of Ukraine. The index lost 3.31% after a few minutes of trading, to 6,556.44 points, after falling 4.25% at the opening. Martial law has been declared in Ukraine as artillery and missile fire was reported shortly before dawn near major cities in the country, including the capital Kiev. In a televised address, Russian President Vladimir Putin justified the operation by the need to protect civilians in eastern Ukraine by demilitarizing the country. The United States, which had been warning for several weeks of the Kremlin leader intentions of taking action, condemned an “unprovoked and unjustified attack”.




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