French and Riviera News Monday 17th August 2020

Local

Tourist dies at nightclub in Cannes - A fifty-year old male toursit on holiday in Cannes, has died at the Médusa nightclub at the Palm Beach.The cause of death is yet to be determined. Emergency services were called to the club in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police have since launched an investigation into the sudden death.

Child in critical condition after road accident in Le Muy - A child has been taken to hospital in a critical condition after a road accident on Sunday midday. Three cars were involved in the collision on the road to Fréjus in Le Muy, in the Var. Four others were slightly injured. The child was taken to the Timone hospital in Marseille.

McDonald’s employee tests positive for Covid-19 - An employee of the McDonald's of Saint-Jean d'Angély in Nice has tested positive for Covid-19. Management have since carried out a total disinfection of the premises and have called for all employees who may have been in contact with the individual to be tested the branch remains open.

Three new suspected cases of Covid-19 at Olympique de Marseille - Three new suspected cases of Covid-19 have been declared amongst the Olympique de Marseille football team five days ahead of the start of the Ligue 1 in France. The news leaves uncertainty over Friday's match against Saint-Etienne.

At least 37 L1 players from 11 clubs have tested positive for Covid-19 in recent weeks. The vast majority of them contracted the virus after resuming training in June.

Local MP calls for urgent action at Italian border - Local MP Eric Ciotti has called for “urgent action” concerning a new massive influx of illegal immigrants at the French-Italian border in the Alpes Maritimes.

In a letter addressed to France’s Interior Minister, Gerald Darmanin, M. Ciotti called for an “immediate strengthening of controls at the border” adding that in the space of just one week 933 arrests were made.

Critiscism following cancellation of marathon, semi-marathon and Iron Man - Local opposition to the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi have criticised the decision announced on Friday to cancel several local sporting events such as the marathon, semi marathon and Iron Man yet still maintain the Tour de France. Many claim that the decision is ‘inconsistent”.

Demonstrators outside Marineland - 200 demonstrators have gathered outside Marinelend in Antibes. People gathered in front of the marine park’s carpark on Sunday afternoon in protest against the “living conditions” of the animals at the park.

National

Public Health France calls for caution - The latest report from public health France released on Saturday 15th August has revealed that in the space of 24 hours, 3,310 cases of coronavirus were declared in France. This is the highest number of cases since the end of lockdown on May 11th. 17 additional clusters were also identified, bringing the total number of outbreaks under investigation to 252.

The figures have led health authorities to call for the greatest caution to protect each other from Covid-19. While the latest reports highlighted an increase in the number of young people being diagnosed with Covid-19 the situation no longer seems to be limited to this age group.

Face masks for all shared workspaces - Meanwhile the French government is to call for face masks to be worn in all shared workspaces.

Employment Minister Elisabeth Borne said she would propose on Tuesday 18th August at talks with employer and union representatives that masks be compulsory in collective workspaces. The government officially declares itself in favor of the obligation to wear a mask at work with plans to introduce the measure by the end of August.

Poll shows more French people are worried about health rather than the economy - A poll published in Le Journal du Dimanche has revealed that people in France are more worried about health, rather than the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The survey revealed that 52 percent had faith in the French government to assist companies struggling in the fallout of the virus. However, only 41 percent of respondents felt that the government was dealing with the crisis effectively, a drop of 11 points since the same question was posed in a survey in May.

On the issue of what was worrying them the most respondents placed the health risks to themselves and their family members ahead of the risks to their own job prospects and those of their family.

Business

The Japanese economy has shrunk at its fastest rate on record as it battles the coronavirus pandemic.

The world’s third largest economy saw gross domestic product (GDP) fall by 27.8% in the April to June quarter, compared to the same period last year.

Japan was already struggling with low economic growth before the crisis.

The first major cruise ship to set sail in the Mediterranean in almost five months has left from the Italian city of Genoa.

Operator MSC Cruises, say all passengers and crew have been tested for coronavirus before boarding.

It comes as virus cases continue to rise around Italy, with more than 600 reported by authorities yesterday.

In response, Italian authorities have ordered the closure of all dance halls and night clubs from today. Face masks will also be mandatory from 6pm to 6am local time in public spaces where social distancing isn't possible.

Many British holidaymakers have opted to remain in France after missing the deadline to return home ahead of new quarantine rules, amid signs Europe is suffering a second wave of coronavirus.

Tens of thousands of Britons scrambled to make it back across the Channel on Friday, with anyone entering the UK from France after 4am on Saturday required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Sport

Formula One - Lewis Hamilton has extended his World Championship lead to 37 points over Verstappen after winning his fourth victory out of six races so far this year at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday. Hamilton dominated the race and led every lap from pole position. Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas took third.

Football - Manchester United’s hopes of ending the season with silverware have been dashed after Sevilla beat them 2-1 on Sunday evening in the Europa League semi-final.

And at the weekend Manchester City suffered a shock defeat against Lyon losing 3-1.

Snooker - Ronnie O'Sullivan won the World Snooker Championship on Sunday to join Steve Davis and Ray Reardon as a six-time winner.

Weather

Sunny with highs of 30 degrees in Nice, Cannes and Antibes reaching up to 34 degrees in Saint Tropez and the Var with a moderate breeze.

This evening going down to 22 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and 19 in the Var with clear skies.

Outlook for Tuesday starting of cloudy in Nice and the Alpes Maritimes risk of showers inland highs of 36 degrees along the coast. Wednesday cloudy patches in some parts of the Alpes Maritimes with highs of between 33 and 35 degrees.

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