Riviera Lunchtime News Wednesday 4th November 2020


Nice knife attack – MP of the Alpes Maritimes Eric Ciotti has requested to France’s Health Minister the transfer of the perpetrator of the Nice knife attack to another hospital in France.

Four new suspects were placed in police custody as part of the investigation into the knife attack in Nice last Thursday, which killed three people.

The perpetrator, who remains in hospital in Nice, has tested positive for Covid-19, which could delay his hearing for several days.

In the letter Ciotti says that “the presence of a wounded terrorist in a hospital in the same commune where he committed his atrocious crimes requires an increased number of police officers, both to ensure his safety and to protect hospital staff”. Ciotti insists: "Above all, the legitimate emotion aroused by the barbaric acts of the terrorist deeply disturbs all the nursing staff of the hospital, many of whom, are very attached to their city and/or know the victims and are internally bruised. " The MP concludes that "The patient's condition now allows him to move to another structure in France".

Appeal postponed - The appeal trial of the assassination of billionaire Hélène Pastor in Nice in 2014 has once again been postponed. Already interrupted back in March due to the lockdown, it was again postponed on Monday shortly after its opening in Aix en Provence. Once again due to the health crisis.

Assassin of Jean-Marc Sandré arrested in Madagascar - The alleged assassin of Jean-Marc Sandré reported to be a French national has been arrested in Madagascar.

In June 2019 Jean Marc Sandré who was at the time in Cavalaire sur mer in the Var managing Marine Plaisance, a company which is a member of a group of shipyards on the Var coast disappeared without giving any sign of life to his family, he was found dead in a forest a month later.

Sandré was deputy mayor of Cavalaire-sur-Mer from 1995 to 2008 and had also headed the tourist office.

Following the arrest, the Var prosecutor has praised the judicial cooperation between France and Madagascar.

Canteen staff threaten strike action - Canteen staff in schools and nurseries in Marseille have threatened strike action from tomorrow Thursday 5th November to denounce the health measures which are "impossible to implement"

The return to lockdown is accompanied by reinforced sanitary rules, which city staff find it difficult to follow due to cramped premises and a lack of staff.

Five new towns in the Var make wearing a mask an obligation - The prefect of the Var region has introduced