Evening Update Thursday 14 October 2021

A court in Paris has given the French state until the end of next year to repair shortcomings in its actions on global warming. The court had previously found in favour of four organizations which had brought an action against the French state claiming it was in breach of its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including those made in the Paris agreement. The court said today that the state has until 31 December 2022 to "repair the ecological damage" that has resulted from not respecting its commitments.

President Macron will be visiting Marseille tomorrow and Saturday. It's his second time in the city in six weeks. On his last visit he presented his "Marseille en Grand Plan" which aims to bring about improvements in many areas of life in France's second largest city. His schedule for the visit includes a working dinner at the Prefecture and attending the National Congress of Firefighters.

The route of the 109th Tour de France, scheduled for the 1st to the 24th July next year, has been unveiled in Paris today. The Grand Depart will be in Copenhagen and the nearest next year's Tour will get to us on the Riviera is the area around Briancon in the Hautes-Alpes. The route has 21 stages and covers over 3,300 kilometres. A women's Tour will also be held and is set to feature eight stages through eastern France after the start at the Eiffel tower on 24 July.

Most free Covid-19 tests will end in France tomorrow, October 15. As of that date, RT-PCR tests and antigenic tests will no longer be systematically covered by Health Insurance as has been the case since the start of the health crisis. Certain tests such as those for medical reasons and for minors will continue to be reimbursed.

210 kg of products unfit for human consumption have been seized at a shop in Nice and destroyed. Nice Deputy Mayor Anthony Borre said that the manager of the shop on Boulevard du Mercantour was placed in police custody. The store had previously been subject to an administrative closure measure for breach of hygiene rules but had reopened.

The City of Cannes will shortly have it's name on a new Air France Airbus A350 plane. A ceremony will be held at the town hall on Monday where David Lisnard, Mayor of Cannes, and Hugues Heddebault, Deputy Director of Territorial Affairs for Air France, will formalize the partnership between the two brands.

France Services offices in the Var are holidng open days this week, finishing tomorrow. The objective is to raise awareness of the diversity of government services offered in France Service spaces such health, family, retirement, law, housing, tax, job searches and digital support. There are workshops, initiations, guided tours and discussions offered in the France Services premises in Bandol, Barjols, Draguignan, Le Muy and Salernes. Several France Services offices in the Alpes-Maritimes are also holding open days tomorrow, 15 October.

 

BUSINESS

The US Labor Department has said that initial jobless claims fell by 36,000 to 293,000 for the week ending 9 October. It's the lowest level of claims since mid-March 2020.

Factory gate prices in China have risen by the largest amount since comparable records began in 1995. Official Chinese government figures showed that the producer price index rose by 10.7% in September from a year earlier. Some businesses in China have recently experienced power cuts and increases in commodity prices.

Domino's Pizza is planning to recruit over 8,000 drivers in the UK and Ireland.  The company said that most of the jobs on offer were permanent and not just temporary jobs to meet an expected surge in demand around Christmas. Domino's has already recruited several thousand workers in the UK in the past year.

 

SPORT

Cricket...Australia player Will Pucovski is experiencing concussion symptoms after taking a hit to the head while training with Victoria. He is managing his recovery with the Victoria medical staff. Pucovski is 22 years old and his latest injury is reportedly the tenth time he has suffered from concussion.

Rugby Union... Ross Moriarty is returning from injury to captain Dragons in their United Rugby Championship match against Stormers tomorrow evening. Former Dragons prop Brok Harris is named in the Stormers front row for the match.

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