Fears about rioting across France lead Beausoleil to cancel weekend events

Beausoleil Mayor Gérard Spinelli has announced the cancellation of three weekend events, citing the riots and instability felt across France following the fatal shooting of a teenage boy in by police as the cause.  

Spinelli is taking no chances with the safety of his people.

On Tuesday 4th July, the border town and Monaco’s closest neighbour disclosed the postponement or otherwise cancellation of three events that were set to take place this weekend on the Place de la Libération. 

The municipality says that safety concerns must be regarded over all else, with lingering unease about the riots, which have broken out across France in the days following the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Nahel in Nanterre by a police officer, being the catalyst for the decision.

These tensions were felt locally on the night of 1st July when youths reportedly set fire to containers in various places, including Ténao, Moneghetti and Foch.


First on the list is the much-anticipated evening featuring Starmania, a popular Canadian-French cyberpunk rock opera written in 1976, which was to be performed by Etoiles Noires singers and musicians on 7th July.  

Then there is the cancellation of the break dance battle set to take place on 8th July as part of the Sun Break City Urban Arts Festival. This is the only part of the festival, which runs from 5th to 9th July, to be affected.  

Lastly, a screening of Frank Cimière’s film Operation Portugal, which had been scheduled for 9th July at 9.30pm, has also been given the chop.  


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