Evening Update Monday 14 November 2022

The UK and France have announced a new agreement aimed at reducing the number of migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats. The UK will pay France an extra 8 million pounds per year to pay for increased surveillance of French beaches, whilst UK police officers will also be able to observe patrols within France. The number of French officers patrolling the coast to try to stop people setting off will rise from 200 to 300 over five months.

Medical laboratories across France have gone on an indefinite strike starting today. They are protesting at government cuts of 250 million euros per year and proposals that would see less being received from health insurers.

The Var is on a Meteo France yellow alert for storms and heavy rain and flooding from 8pm this evening until 6am tomorrow. Meanwhile the Gard and l'Herault departments have been placed on an orange level alert. Reports say that there has been torrential rain and some flooding around Montpellier this afternoon.

President Macron and the Italian President Sergio Matterella have issued a joint statement emphasising the importance of relations between France and Italy. In the statement the two heads of state said that they recognise the need for full cooperation in all areas, both between the two states and within the European Union. The statement follows a recent row between the two governments over the migrant rescue ship Ocean Viking, to which Italy refused to grant permission to dock in its ports. The ship eventually was taken in by the French government.

The SNCF have said that there will be no trains between Nice and Ventimiglia for much of the weekend after next. Work on the tracks means that all trains along that section of line will be cancelled from Friday 25 November at 8pm until Sunday 27 November at 9am.

Nice is amongst the safest big cities in France for crimes such as assault, theft and burglaries according to a ranking compiled by Le Parisien. The list is based on data from the government's Ministerial Statistical Service. Nice mayor Christian Estrosi said that the results were encouraging, coming a few weeks after data suggesting that Nice was amongst the cities where acts of violence have dropped significantly on transport.

Various water restrictions in the Var have been extended into December. The prefecture said that 96 communes in the department are still in water crisis. Details can be found on the prefecture's website https://www.var.gouv.fr/les-mesures-d-interdiction-et-de-restriction-de-l-a10958.html



A new survey has pointed to a weak level of confidence among UK firms in October, as business expect