Evening Update Friday 7 January 2022

Several teaching unions have called for strike action in France next Thursday, 13 January, in protest at the government's health protocols for schools. One of the unions said that they wanted Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer to understand that staff can no longer keep up with what it called "impractical" protocols which change "from day to day". Another union said the Minister of Education continues to make the choice to keep schools open “whatever the cost” and said that "the situation is no longer tenable".

Several new Covid-19 measures are being introduced in Monaco. As of January 17, people whose work is essential to the business continuity of certain companies or public entities providing essential services to the Principality will have to present a health pass. As from Saturday 8 January the number of guests at restaurant tables will be reduced from 12 to 8 people and the spacing between tables is increased from 1m to 1.5m. Also from 8 January, the number of people accommodated for events will be limited to 2,000, with certain exceptions. There is also a modification of the protocol relating to  isolation periods. Full details of the new measures can be found on the Monaco govenment's website https://www.gouv.mc/A-la-Une-du-Portail/Covid-19-Amenagement-du-dispositif-sanitaire-et-extension-du-pass-sanitaire

The number of cases of Covid-19 detected in France last Monday was far higher than initial figures suggested. Revised data published by the French government today shows that just over 409,000 cases were detected on Monday, far in excess of the approximately 70,000 cases initially reported by Sante Publique France.

The French government has announced the introduction of partial activity for the entertainment and audiovisual sectors following Covid-19 measures affecting theatres and cinemas announced on 27 December. Employers in the cultural sectors suffering a drop in their turnover of at least 65% will have access to partial activity without any remaining charges.

A new vaccination centre is opening in Toulon on Monday. The centre will eventually have a capacity of 1,000 injections per day. Appointments are open for booking on the website www.doctolib.fr

A presentation ceremony took place in Nice this morning of a new memorial to the victims of the attack of 14 July 2016. "The Protective Angel" is a work by local artist and sculptor Jean-Marie Fondacaro. A model of the memorial was unveiled at the ceremony. The full size insallation will be about four metres high. The victims' associations had to choose between 15 proposals from artists. It will be unveiled on July 14 this year, on the 6th anniversary of the attack, and will be installed on the south side of the Promenade des Anglais near the Palais de la Mé