French and Riviera News Tuesday 4th August 2020

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Coronavirus one new case in Monaco as France announces rise in intensive care units  - One new case of coronavirus has been reported on Monday in the Principality. The patient is a Monaco resident who reportedly caught Covid-19 from outside of the Principality. To date 121 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in Monaco and one patient is being treated at the Princess Grace hospital.

Meanwhile France's Directorate General for Health, the DGS, has announced that for the first time since May the number of cases in intensive care is gradually increasing. 

In a statement released on Monday it was announced that 556 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified in France in the past 24 hours with 29 deaths since Friday. The number of patients treated in intensive care units stands at 384 with 29 new admissions within the last 24 hours. Speaking in the northern city of Lille on Monday France’s Prime Minister Jean Castex called on France "not to let down its guard" in the fight against the coronavirus in order to prevent the need for a new national lockdown, as concern grows over a recent surge in cases, notably across the north of the country. 

France, which has registered over 30,000 deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic, recorded thousands of new cases last week prompting some regions to reimpose local restrictions.

Employee at store in Cap 3000 tests positive for Covid-19 – A branch of the clothing store Zara at Cap 3000 shopping centre has closed after an employee tested positive for Covid-19. Management announced that the store would remain closed while other employees underwent testing.

CrossMed raises the alarm after several incidents last weekend - The Mediterranean Regional Operational Surveillance and Rescue Center, CrossMed, has called for prudence after a series of tragic accidents along the coastline in Marseille last weekend which saw more than fifty rescue interventions take place.

CrossMed has warned that while the “Mediterranean has a postcard-like appearance it is a treacherous sea” reminding the public to be correctly equipped and to check weather conditions before setting out. CrossMed can be contacted at all time by calling 196 or by channel 16 from sailing vessels.

Disruption on rail network after person gets hit by train - The regional rail network between Menton and Ventimiglia has been disrupted following an accident. The SNCF issued the announcement shortly after 5.30pm on Monday after reports that somebody had been hit by a train. Traffic came to a standstill while emergency services intervened. Normal services were resumed shortly after 8pm.

Fire in Grimaud - 46 firefighters and two water bomber helicopters have intervened in a peri-urban area of a housing estate located in La Colle de Turc in Grimaud in the Var. The fire which broke out on Monday evening is believed to have resulted from the use of a barbecue.
Firefighters successfully intervened at 8.30pm and remained on site as a precaution.

Water restrictions in several departments in France - With 68 departments in France facing water restrictions due to the dry weather Météo France, has said that July 2020 will "probably be" one of the driest months for sixty years. Water restrictions look set to last as a new heatwave is expected from Thursday or Friday this week.

Organic farming in the Principality continues to grow – Organic farming in the Principality continues to grow as the startup Terre de Monaco joins forces with the Novotel Monte-Carlo. It was back in 2016 that the startup established organic farming located on rooftops in the Principality and today, thanks to the partnership with the Novotel,

a new garden has been created on one of the hotel's terraces. The objective is that products grown can be used by the catering service of the Novotel Monte-Carlo.

Beausoleil inaugurate first solar power plant - Meanwhile the town of Beausoleil has inaugurated its first solar power plant, as the roof of the Tenao school has been completely covered with numerous solar panels allowing the school to be self-sufficient. Authorities say that this is the first of a long list of buildings to be chosen as a pilot site.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife continue to cause a sensation while on holiday in the Var – French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigette have received a warm welcome in Bormes les Mimosas in the Var. The Presidential couple who are currently spending their summer break at Fort Brégançon already delighted customers at the weekend with a lowkey visit to La Sirene Pizzeria in nearby Cavalière and were once again given a warm welcome on Monday by crowds in Bormes as Emmanuel Macron met with the Mayor François Arizzi on the terrace of the café restaurant Le Progress. Macron gave a Buddhist greeting during the walkabout while taking selfies. One woman remarked to local media at how “very handsome the President is”.

Business

US President Donald Trump has said that the US should get a cut from the sale of TikTok's US unit if it is bought by an American firm.

Trump said he made a demand for a "substantial portion" of the purchase price in a phone call at the weekend with Microsoft's boss.

He also warned he will ban the app on 15 September if there isn't a deal.

The Trump administration has accused TikTok and others of providing data to the Chinese government - which Beijing and TikTok deny.

Amid discussions with the EU drugs giants GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi have neared the completed a trio of key agreements to supply their Covid-19 vaccine.

The pair said they are in “advanced discussions” with the European bloc to supply 300 million doses. Last week the pair agreed to supply the UK with 60 million doses and the US with 100 million.

The doses for the EU will be made in facilities in Francen Belgium, Germany and Italy. Research is expected to be completed by the end of the year with potential approval in the first half of next year.

Sport

Football - The International Football Association Board has said that players who deliberately cough at other players or match officials can be red-carded such an offence fell within "using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures". The guidance comes amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

And Manchester United are close to agreeing personal terms in principle on a five-year contract with Jadon Sancho.

Formula One - Mercedes are awaiting the outcome of Pirelli's investigation into the puncture which nearly cost Lewis Hamilton victory in the Brisith Grand Prix on Sunday.

Hamilton hobbled to the line on three wheels to clinch a seventh Silverstone victory ahead of Max Verstappen.

Pirelli, Formula One's sole tyre supplier, have launched an investigation into the dramatic failure which happened on the last lap of Sunday's race at Silverstone.

Cycling – Sir Bradley Wiggins says Team Ineos must take Chris Froome to this month's Tour de France, even though he is leaving them at the end of the season. Froome, is battling to secure a place in the eight-man team for the race.

Weather

Rather unsettled to begin with clearing by midmorning with highs of 29 degrees in Nice, Antibes and Cannes. In Saint Tropez and the Var gusty winds and sunshine with highs of 29 degrees. This evening going down to 21 degrees across the region with clear skies.

The outlook for Wednesday and Thursday clear skies with temperatures gradually increasing reaching between 30-32 degrees.

 

 

 

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