News - Thursday, November 17th


Families Struggle - More and more families in the region are finding themselves in a precarious situation due to rising living costs. A report in Nice Matin suggests that families are being forced to prioritise eating or heating, while local charities are struggling to support people in need. The President of the Restaurant du Coeur charity, Patrice Douret, has said that it helps 1.2M people in France including 12,000 people in need in the Alpes Maritimes. Over half of those are under 25. The local Red Cross charity has launched an appeal for donations saying that requests for help have tripled.

Air France Cabin Crew Strike - Flying to and from France could be more complicated over the Christmas holiday period as Air France cabin crew have threatened strike action. Two unions representing employees issued a warning of industrial action on December 22 and January 2nd. Negotiations on a collective agreement for cabin crew are in progress, relating to their working conditions, pay and progression within the company.

Route du Rhum Tragedy - Two people died yesterday when a motorboat following the Route du Rhum solo trans-Atlantic sailing race capsized off the coast of Guadeloupe, just as the winner was reaching the finish line. The boat had been carrying 11 people in the bay of Pointe-a-Pitre when the accident occurred, and rescuers quickly came but two people were already in cardiac arrest. One of the victims, François Naveilhan, is from Nice and had previously worked at OGC Nice football club.

The tragedy overshadows the race, which was won by Charles Caudrelier in record time. He arrived at the Caribbean island yesterday after 6 days, 19 hours, 47 minutes, 25 seconds at sea. The 3,542-nautical mile race began last week from the French port city of Saint-Malo.

Call For Blood Donors - A vital partnership agreement was signed yesterday between Monaco and France in the presence of Prince Albert to help facilitate the exchange of donor blood supplies between France and Monaco. The Principality is struggling to reach the 5,000 blood donations per year it needs to be self-sufficient.

The Princess Grace Hospital is also launching a new awareness campaign to encourage Monegasques, residents and workers to give blood which is crucial to the treatment of the 800 or so patients who receive transfusions in Monaco each year. Blood donation is possible three days a week but donors must call ahead to reserve an appointment or sign up using the hashtag TeamDonneur.

IPAG Director General dies - The IPAG Business School has announced the unexpected death of its director general, Jean-François Fio