Evening Update Friday 3 September 2021

President Macron has announced that France will host an environmental summit concentrating on the world's oceans. Speaking on the final day of his visit to Marseille today, he said that the "One Ocean" summit will be held at the end of this year or in early 2022 and will put "scientists, economic players, regional players and the United Nations around the table". President Macron took a trip by boat around the Calanques islands this morning and is addressing the World Conservation Congress in Marseille this evening.

The President had dinner with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi in Marseille last night. President Macron said that Italy and France share an exceptional natural heritage, the Mediterranean, and the biodiversity it hosts.

The Cannes town hall has said that almost 1,000 first injection slots have been reserved for those aged 12 to 17 at the Palais des Festivals until 15 September. From the second half of September, the municipality will open third injection appointments to Cannes residents over 65 and to people with co-morbidities. To date, nearly 80% of adults in Cannes have received at least a first injection and more than 71% have a complete vaccination schedule.

The vaccination centre in Antibes will be open all day tomorrow, Saturday September 4, as part of the “Back to school, all vaccinated” campaign. Opening hours will be 8 am to 8 pm and no appointment is necessary.

HSH Prince Albert II has been in Ireland today. The Prince met the Irish President Michael D. Higgins at the President's official residence in Phoenix Park in Dublin and also attended a ceremony at Trinity College Dublin. The visit is taking place 60 years after Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace visited Ireland in 1961.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi held a meeting with the Brazilian Ambassador to France, His Excellency Luís Fernando Serra, in Nice this morning. They attended the opening of a new photography exhibition "France-Brazil, a love story: French heritage in Rio".

In good news for allergy sufferers, the Monaco government has announced that it will set up a new monitoring network for pollens and molds in the air by the end of the year. Daily information will be disseminated on pollen and allergic risk in the Principality. The new monitoring is being set up in association with the French National Aerobiological Surveillance Network. The main purpose of the network is to study the content of airbourne biological particles that may have an impact on the allergic risk for people.

The Var and the Alpes-Maritimes are under a Meteo France yellow warning for storms until midnight tonight, Friday.

Services on Tram lines 2 and 3 in Nice are being modified from today until September 13 because of works at the West Exit of the Voie Mathis.  This is something that may particularly affect you if you're planning to take the tram from Nice to the airport. The changes affect weekday services on Lines 2 and 3 from 10 p.m. to the end of service and also affect the entire day and evenings on the first two weekends of September. During the affected periods Line 2 stations "Paul Montel / Les Moulins", "Digue des Français" and "CADAM Center Administratif" are not served. On Line 3 " Digue des Français" , "Paul Montel / Les Moulins", "Grand Arenas" , "Airport Terminal 1" and "Airport Terminal 2" are not served. Replacement buses will be in operation between “  CADAM Center Administratif” and “  Grand Arénas”. You can get full details at www.lignesdazur.com


The US economy added fewer jobs than expected in August according to figures released this afternoon by the US Bureau of Labor statistics. Employment rose by only 235,000, well below the 1.05 million jobs created in July. However, the unemployment rate declined to 5.2% in August from 5.4% in July.

A widely watched survey of purchasing managers has suggested that growth in the UK services sector slowed significantly in August. IHS/Markit's Services PMI hit a 6-month low in August with supply shortages contributing to slower growth. Meanwhile, staff recruitment picked up to a 25-year high, but tight labour market conditions led to steep wage pressures. In a similar survey of economies in the Eurozone, Ireland led the way with growth and Italy saw the strongest expansion in 15 years. Intense cost pressures persisted, however. Business activity across the French service sector also rose sharply in August.



Motorsports... Lewis Hamilton missed most of the second practice for the Dutch Grand Prix with an engine problem this afternoon. Charles Leclerc was fastest, Carlos Sainz was second, followed by Esteban Ocon. In first practice earlier today Lewis Hamilton was fastest with Max Verstappen in second, Carlos Sainz in third and Charles Leclerc in fourth.

Paralympics...Great Britain has passed the 100-medal mark today in Tokyo.  Gold medals were won by canoeist Emma Wiggs, World T44 high jump champion Jonathan Broom-Edwards and Owen Miller, who won the T20 1500m. Stephen Clegg took silver in the S12 100m butterfly. Gordon Reid & Alfie Hewett took silver after losing the wheelchair tennis men's doubles final. In cycling, Sophie Unwin and Jenny Holl won silver in the women's B road race and in table tennis Will Bayley & Paul Kara-bar-dak won silver in the class 6-7 team event.


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