Evening Update Thursday 6 January 2022

Travellers arriving in France from South Africa will no longer have to isolate for ten days, providing they are fully vaccinated. The change is a result of the government moving South Africa from the "scarlet red" to the "red" classification. However, those whose vaccination schedule is not complete will still have to undergo ten days mandatory quarantine.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex has said that a fourth vaccine dose will be offered in France as soon as the health authorities give their approval. Speaking to French media this morning he also said that the government aims to provide surgical masks, at a minimum, for all teachers by the end of this month.

Meanwhile, the Cannes town hall has announced this evening that it will equip all teachers of its municipal schools with FFP2 masks with immediate effect. Until now, the masks provided to teachers by the Ministry of National Education were simple cloth masks.

The SNCF have said that due to COVID-19 constraints, the circulation of TER\ZOU trains is disrupted until February 20 on weekdays and weekends. It reminded travellers that in accordance with French government measures, the wearing of masks is mandatory at stations and on board trains for all passengers from 6 years old. It can only be removed briefly to drink or eat. Details of the next day's schedules are available after 5pm daily on the the"SNCF Assistant" App and on the TER SUD Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur website as well as at local train stations.

The French government has adopted a decree to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new heating equipment. From July 1, new equipment installed for heating or domestic hot water production in residential or professional buildings  will have to comply with a specific greenhouse gas emission cap.

Fourteen people were arested in an anti-drugs operation by National Police forces in Nice yesterday. Mayor Christian Estrosi said that 21.5 kg of resin and cannabis herb, almost 100,000 euros in cash and weapons were seized in the operation in the Pasteur quarter.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has forecast that the country's economy will grow by 4% in 2022. He said that the rapid spread of the Omicron variant will have an impact on the economy in the first quarter of the year, in particular because of the risks of disorganization of economic activity and the uncertainty weighing on global growth. However, he added that "the structural capacities of the French economy will allow a strong recovery in economic activities".

 

BUSINESS

Clothing retailer Next has said that sales for the three months to 25 December were up 20% compared with pre-pandemic 2019. It said that sales in the final quarter of 2021 had been boo