Evening Update Friday 12 November 2021

Monaco has announced the extension of the use of the health pass until February 25, 2022 because of the health situation. The use of the health pass, or equivalent documentary evidence, is also being made compulsory for access to the terraces of restaurants and bars as of December 1. This obligation also applies to young people aged 16 to 18. Also, a health pass will be required for gatherings of 300 people, down from the current 1,000. This concerns, in particular, the Opera, the Princess Grace Theater and the halls of the Grimaldi Forum. The government said that in the Principality the number of Covid-19 cases, although fluctuating, has remained relatively high for several weeks and has even increased in recent days. The government is also inviting those who have been outside the Principality to be tested on their return from vacation.

The prosecutor's office in Grasse has opened a judicial investigation into the attack on police officers in Cannes earlier this week. The prosecutor said that the accused, a 37 year old Algerian national, had recovered sufficiently from his injuries for judicial matters to proceed. He was shot by one of the police officers during the incident. The prosecutor added that the national anti-terrorist prosecution didn't retain their jurisdiction over the case after no Jihadist connection was found during investigations.

The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and a 10 meter sailboat collided this morning off the coast of the Var. The Maritime Prefecture said that the incident happened around 40 nautical miles to the south-east of the Iles d'Hyères. There was only one person on board the sailboat and there were no injuries but the boat was dismasted in the collision. Two Charles de Gaulle boats were used to secure the sailboat and prepare it for towing in difficult weather conditions. The sailboat was later towed into the port of Hyeres by a tug.

France's Minister for Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili has announced that France has joined the agreement to end the foreign financing of fossil fuel projects by the end of 2022. Over 20 other countries had joined the agreement at the Cop26 meeting in Glasgow and the French governernment had faced criticism from environmental organizations for its hesitancy in committing to the agreement. The minister said that the fight against climate change means "turning the page on fossil fuels".

French electricity supplier EDF has said that it will stop cutting off electricity to people who haven't paid their bills. The company said that as from 1 April next year it will continue to supply such people with a power limitation of 1 kVA of power. It said that the amount of power supplied makes it possible to maintain several essential uses of electricity, such as lighting, the operation of kitchen equipment or the recharging of electronic devices. It said that "such power ensures a minimum service". Organization supporting the less well off, including the Abbe Pierre Foundation, have been calling for such measures to be introduced.

Authorities say that a record number of migrants attempted to cross the Channel from France to the UK yesterday. The Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea said that during the night of Wednesday to Thursday, the Gris-Nez regional operational surveillance and rescue center was informed that many boats were in difficulty off the Nord and Pas-de-Calais departments. Operations continued until the end of the day yesterday. Two kayaks were found adrift off Calais, from which 3 people were reported missing. Despite air and sea searches, the 3 people could not be found and the search was suspended at the end of the day.