Evening Update Monday 2 November 2020

Nice mayor Christian Estrosi has requested that a national tribute be arranged in the coming days to the three victims of the attack in Nice last Thursday. The mayor said he had made the request to President Macron after consulting the families of the victims and obtaining their agreement.

Tributes have been paid in French schools today to history and geography teacher Samuel Paty who was beheaded in a suburb of Paris on October 16th. A minute's silence was observed at 11.00 this morning followed by the reading of a text by 19th century French politician Jean Jaureès. Many elected officials across our region were present for the tributes at local schools this morning. Elswhere in France, the director of the Paris Academy said that students who refused to respect the minutes silence or made comments justyfying the murder would be referred to the prosecutor's office. Meanwhile, reports say that an 18 year old was taken into custody in Nantes in the Loire Atlantique department after projectiles were thrown at teaching staff outside a school this morning.

The Economy Ministry said today that there would be "a tolerance" until Wednesday to allow supermarkets to take "non-essential" products off their shelves. The prohibition on such goods being sold by supermarkets was put in place following complaints by small retailers compelled to close under the latest lockdown measures that such goods were continuing to be sold by supermarkets, which have been allowed to remain open. The decree which defines "essential products" is expected to be published tomorrow. The French Minister for Small and Medium sized businesses Alain Griset said in a television interview today that meetings had taken place with representatives of small retailers and that possible reopening would be worked on by the government over the coming days and the objective was to see how we are going to be able "to succeed in reopening very quickly".

Many muicipalities in our region are publishing lists of local "non-essential" retailers which are remaining open to offer take-away or delivery services. The town hall in Cogolin has a list which can be found on the Ville de Cogolin Facebook page. A similar list is currently being compiled by the Menton town hall and is expected to be available shortly.

The Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, has said that parks and gardens will be open again as from tomorrow. He said that all the personnel of parks and gardens had been deployed to the surveillance of the city's cemeteries over the weekend. The town hall will shortly announce special time slots in municipal parks and gardens for the elderly in order to help protect them against the circulation of the virus.

Vinci Autoroutes, which operates motorways including the A8,