Evening Update Monday 6 September 2021

The French government has announced that the requirement to produce a health pass will be removed for entry to shopping centres of over 20,000 square metres in certain departments. As from this Wednesday, 8 September, the health pass will no longer be required at such shopping centres in departments in which the incidence rate is less than 200 per 100,000 people and has been continuously decreasing for seven days. The Prefect of the Var has issued a reminder that a Health Pass is still compulsory in the 6 shopping centres of more than 20,000 square metres in the department because the incidence rate in the Var is still greater than 250. There is also no change in the requirement to produce a health pass in the Alpes Maritimes.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced that state aid for apprentices is to be extended by another six months. The payment, which amounts to 5,000 euros for a minor and 8,000 euros for an adult, had already been extended to the end of this year and will now be available until the end of June next year.

The President of Cote d'Azur Habitat, Anthony Borre, has been justifying the decision to expel the mother of a drugs trafficker from public housing after her son's conviction. Speaking to French media this morning he said that the family has been known since 2018 for damage and drug trafficking. He said that the 20,000 tenants of Cote d'Azur Habitat "deserve a better living environment" and are are "overwhelmed" by trafficking which harms social diversity.

A man has died from stab wounds after an apparent altercation between two people in Gareoult in the Var. The man's body was reportedly discovered in a field yesterday evening and the alleged perpetrator turned himself in to police shortly afterwards.

The French Government has said that it is speeding up the digitization of the 250 procedures which it says are essential to French life. The Ministry of Transformation and Civil Service has released figures which show that at the end of 2017 only 63% of administrative procedures were available online compared with 85% today. The ministry said that these are the 212 procedures which are among the 250 most frequently carried out. The increase is partly thanks to the accelerated deployment of FranceConnect, which allows the use of a single account and a single password to log in to nearly 1,000 online government services. In 2017 only 500,000  people used FranceConnect, nearly 28 million people use it today.

The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur Region and Vinci Autoroutes have signed a "Zero Plastic Waste" Commitment Charter. The new environmental partnership aims to contribute to the fight against plastic pollution in our region. 2 million passengers a day travel on the VINCI Autoroutes network and several million stop at its rest areas every month. In signing the charter the two organizations aim to raise awareness about plastic pollution, to use plastic materials in a reasonable manner and to manage plastic waste.

Menton has once again taken first place in a survey of the best performing medium sized French towns on Instagam. Cannes was in second place followed by Saint Malo in Brittany.

 

BUSINESS

The Confederation of British Industry has warned that labour supply problems currently affecting UK businesses could last for up to two years if the government doesn't take action. The organization said that a lack of HGV drivers has dominated the headlines, but the challenge extends well beyond, to include other skilled professions. Along with resulting disruption to supply chains it has led to increasing calls for action in the run up to Christmas.

UK new car registrations had their weakest August since 2013, according to industry body the Society of Motor Manufactuers and Traders. It said that registrations were down by 7.6% against the average recorded over the last decade, due in part to constrained supply as the global shortage of semiconductors continues to undermine production.


SPORT

Cricket... Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis have stepped down from their roles. Both had a year left to run on their contracts and said that the time spent in bio-secure environments during the pandemic had led to their decisions.

Football...Tributes have been paid to former Nice and French international player Jean-Pierre Adams, who has died at the age of 73. He had been in a coma for almost 40 years. Adams was admitted to hospital for knee surgery in March 1982 but never regained consciousness after an error with his supply of anaesthetic. OGC Nice said that a tribute will be paid before the club's match against Monaco on September 19 at the Allianz Riviera stadium.

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