Evening Update Monday 6 December 2021

A meeting of the French Health Council is underway in Paris right now to assess what measures will be taken before Christmas to combat the rise in the Delta and Omicron variants of Coronavirus. No major new measures or restrictions are expected, as the government plans to concentrate on the vaccination campaign for the 3rd booster jab, as well as the possible vaccination of 5 to 11-year-olds. The French Prime Minister Jean Castex will give a press briefing after the meeting at 7pm this evening.

In the Alpes-Maritimes, 40 people are in intensive care this week as a result of Coronavirus. That’s twice as many as in November but about half of the peak of the fourth wave during the summer.

The death has been announced of the former mayor of Mouans-Sartoux André Aschieri who passed away at the age of 84 yesterday evening. His political career spanned more than 40 years, from when he was first elected in 1974, until 2015 when he retired for health reasons. He was succeeded in a landslide vote by his son Pierre. Glowing tributes have been paid all day today by senior local politicians including David Lisnard the Mayor of Cannes, and the Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi. In addition to serving as Mayor in Mouans Sartoux, Monsieur Aschieri also served as vice-president of the Regional Council of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

A 36-year-old man who injured two police officers with a sabre at Cherbourg last Thursday has been indicted for attempted murder. While the two injured officers have left hospital, the investigation continues into the incident and damage to the victims.

The Republican Party started their presidential election campaign in the Alpes-Maritimes today. Their official nominee Valérie Pécresse has lunch with local MP Eric Ciotti who she beat to become the Republican Party nominee. Afterwards, Monsieur Ciotti said he remained committed to the party campaign and that his goal is to beat Emmanuel Macron. For her part Madame Pécresse said Ciotti will have a very special place in her campaign as he has a very unique voice to be heard across the country.

Two associations for the victims of the Nice July 14th attack have put up a Christmas tree on the Promenade in front of the Palais de la Méditerranée. Considered as the "tree of angels" the installation is a reminder of those who lost their lives in the attack and is placed, where a more permanent memorial will be eventually installed.

In Monaco, Prince Albert with children Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, have opened the new Christmas village on Port Herclule. Sheltered by a forest of 800 natural firs, the village will offer visitors the chance to meet one of Canada’s most adorable sea birds, the puffin. The village also features many familiar