Evening Update Friday 30 October 2020

The French government is calling up 3,500 reserve gendarmes and is mobilizing 3,500 police from the gendarmes and mobile police after the attack in Nice yesterday in which three people lost their lives. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin made the announcement after a Defence Council meeting this morning and also said that 120 additional police will be sent to Nice. Armed Forces minister Florence Parly said that soldiers will carry out patrols, with particular attention being paid to places of worship and schools.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi and Alpes Maritimes Prefect Bernard Gonzalez held a meeting this morning with the municipal police officers who intervened yesterday at the Notre Dame Basilica. The mayor said that he wanted to "express our immense gratitude to them, on behalf of all the people of Nice".

Today flowers and candles have continued to be placed outside the Basilica. Christian Esrosi said this morning that it may be possible to return to worship at the church this weekend. He said he'd asked for an exceptional mobilization from service staff  "so that the faithful find their church as quickly as possible after this tragedy".

Reports say that 47 year old man was taken into police custody last night. It's believed that the person arrested had met the alleged perpetrator on Wednesday. In a press conference last night the anti-terrorism proscutor said that the attacker is a Tunisian national born in 1999 and was carrying Italian Red Cross papers.

In other news, at a press conference this afternoon the Monaco government has given further details of new coronavirus restrictions. A curfew will be in operation from 8pm to 6am starting this weekend from the night of Saturday to Sunday.  It will be in effect until 30 November at a minimum. Detailed measures regarding the timing of evening dining in restaurants are being introduced. Restaurants will be open until 9.30pm and the restaurant will issue an attestation to diners to show that they have been at the restaurant and are on their way home. Reservations will be obligatory and the maximum number of diners will be limited to six per table, with 1.5 metres between tables.  Also, with some exceptions, it will from now on be mandatory to wear a mask in all public spaces in the Principality and also in the communal areas of private spaces, except for children under five years old. The wearing of a mask won't be necessary for those practising a sport outdoors such as joggers but they must still carry a mask in their pocket for use if they interrupt their sporting activity. The government is also recommending the wearing of a mask when people from outside the household come to your home or a vulnerable person lives there. The detailed measures can be found on the Monaco government website www.go