Evening Update Monday 22 November 2021

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has held a press conference this afternoon to launch the city's booster dose campaign. He announced that as of December 1, people over 50 will be eligible for their 3rd dose. He said that he is also asking President Macron for permission to vaccinate all those who wish to be vaccinated without age limit subject to having completed their vaccination cycle at least six months ago.

He said that a new vaccination centre will open soon at 22 quai Lunel. The vaccination centre at the Théâtre de Verdure would be used especially for ambulance cases and the Hancy Centre would especially vaccinate people with reduced mobility.

As from December 1 appointments for a third dose will be available on the website http://vaccincovid19.nice.fr For the elderly or those having difficulty, the Covid platform of the Nice Cote d'Azur Metropole remains active and can be reached on 04 97 13 56 00.

The Mayor said that while waiting for the government's approval for opening vaccination to everyone, if there are vaccine doses remaining after 5 p.m. when centres close, they will be offered to those who wish to receive them without any restriction, within the limit of available doses.

Mobile vaccination teams covering the upper and middle areas of the arriere pays will be reactivated next week.

The mayor said that testing is another way of slowing down the 5th wave and reminded people that the testing centre remains open at the Bandstand without appointment from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Meanwhile, the Cannes Town Hall has said this afternoon that it is also opening appointments for a third injection to people over 50 years old, from 29 November. A pre-registration form is available on the municipal website www.cannes.com  In order to support people who have not been vaccinated and who have comorbidities or who are isolated, the City of Cannes has a telephone information unit which has been in operation since August. To provide answers to questions, health professionals can be reached on 04 92 99 86 01 from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 2 pm.

French Minister of Labour Elisabeth Borne has said that it isn't possible to exclude the reintroduction of teleworking in the future as France faces the fifth wave of Covid-19. She said that businesses should re-mobilize on barrier gestures, paticularly the wearing of masks in order to avoid stricter measures.

President Macron has said that the nation shows solidarity with Guadeloupe as the islands face violent vaccination protests. The demonstrations began last week and are centred around opposition to the compulsory vaccination of caregivers. President Macron said that those opposed to vaccination were "in a very small minority" and there is "growing support" for vaccination in Guadeloupe.

Firefighters have been tackling a blaze in Antibes this afternoon. The fire broke out at premises in the Fontonne area and dense smoke could be seen over a wide area. The blaze has now been brought under control.

Nice Deputy mayor Anthony Borre held a meeting with traders on l’avenue Notre-Dame this morning. The main topic of discussion was the renovation of the area. The deputy mayor said that they were working to come up with a "quality project".

Mayor of Cannes David Lisnard has taken part in an inauguration ceremony to re-name part of a square in the town. The western part of Square de Verdun, located on Pointe Croisette has become Square Daniel Cordier in honour of a French resistance fighter and historian. Daniel Cordier lived in Cannes and died last year at the age of 100.

The Breguieres Sud service area on A8 motorway towards Italy is undergoing refurbishment work which means that it will be closed until the end of February. No on-site services or fuel will be available during this period. Motorway operator Vinci Autoroutes say that if you need to refuel on the motorway you should instead use the Esterel service area before Cannes or the Beausoleil service area after Nice.

 

BUSINESS

The director general of the CBI has said that climate targets provide the opportunity for what he called a "new industrial revolution" in the UK. Speaking at the organization's annual conference Tony Danker said that the headquarters of businesses were currently "too often based in London and the South East" but there's an opportunity for levelling up between the north and south "because industries like clean and renewable energy, life sciences, cyber-security "don't have to be based in the South East."

The UK's competition regulator is inviting comments on the proposed meger of British Airways and Iberea owner IAG and Air Europa. The initial deal was first announced in 2019 and has since been renegotiated in the light of the reduction in passenger numbers and losses suffered by airlines during the pandemic.


SPORT

Football.. England manager Gareth Southgate has signed a new contract which runs until December 2024. His previous contract was set to run out after the 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar. Assistant manager Steve Holland has also agreed a new deal. Southgate said "it remains an incredible privilege to lead this team. We have a great opportunity in front of us".

It's been announced Lyon will play their next home Ligue 1 game behind closed doors pending an investigation into crowd trouble at yesterday's match against Marseille. The match was abandoned after Marseille player Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle thrown from the stands five minutes into the game.

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