Evening Update Thursday 16 April 2020

The French Navy has confirmed that 668 people on board the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle have tested positive for coronavirus. In total, 31 crew members are in hospital, including one in intensive care. The figure for those infected is likely to rise as 30% of the test results have yet to be announced. The ship is currently in Toulon, having returned early from excercises in the Atlantic because of the coronavirus oubreak.

The Town Hall in Cannes has announced that 3 traditional markets will reopen this Saturday, the 18th of April. They are the Forville, Gambetta and La Bocca food markets. The markets will be accessible to the public every day from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will feature a limited number of stands. The town hall has published a list of measures which have been put in place to protect merchants and shoppers. They include a barrier around the edge of the market to leave only one entrance and one exit, a minimum spacing between stands of two meters, a marking on the ground in front of each stand delimiting the distance to be respected between the stalls and clients and also between the clients themselves, the taking of the temperature of each customer by means of an infrared thermometer at the entrance and the installation of a table provided with hydro-alcoholic gel with systematic hand disinfection in the presence of a municipal official.

More staff at the police station in Cannes have tested positive for the coronavirus. Eleven new cases were announced today after recent screening tests. The central commisssioner was one of the people who tested positive for the virus. The new cases, all of which were asymptomatic, bring the total number of positive tests at the police station to 34. Unions are calling for the station to be closed for 14 days to limit the spread of the virus.

A man is in police custody after allegedly trying to push his wife off a fourth floor balcony. According to authorities, the incident took place in Nice on Wednesday evening. The man, in his forties, was taken into police custody whilst his wife was taken to the Pasteur 2 hospital along with their child  just one month old. Authorities said that 3 other children were present in the apartment at the time.

Local deputy Alexandra Valetta-Ardisson has written to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to ask that tourist sites be reopened from 11 May. The Cote d'Azur tourism sector has been badly affected by the pandemic. She said that it was imerative such sites reopen and restauranteurs, hoteliers and tourism professionals should be trusted to  "apply the necessary sanitary precautions".

The Mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard has launched a new scheme to help local traders whilst also helping carers and those in need. The program, details of which can be found on the VilleCannes Twitte