Evening Update Tuesday 12 May 2020

The mayor of Mougins, Richard Galy, has signed a municipal decree  making it compulsory to wear a mask in areas with a high population density and a high number of visitors, near sensitive establishments and municipal buildings. The town hall in Mougins also reiterated that the wearing of a mask on public transport is compulsory. The town hall produced a map of the sectors concerned by the new measure, which can be found here https://mougins.fr/port-du-masque-obligatoire-dans-les-secteurs-tres-frequentes-a-mougins/

Two people are being sought by police in connection with an attack on a bus in Antibes this morning. The two attempted to board a bus on the Boulevard du Cap but were barred by the driver because they weren't wearing a mask. They then proceeded to throw an object at a window of the bus causing injury to a passanger. The passanger was taken to hospital but their injuries are not thought to be serious.

The town of Lorgues in the Var is distributing masks to residents at several points from tomorrow, Wednesday May 13, to Friday May 15 from 9:30 am to 6 pm without appointment. You can find further details on the website www.lorgues.fr

According to data released today by the Banque de France, economic activity in France fell by 27% in April compared to the level expected before the confinement. The use of industrial production capacity, at 46%, was at the lowest level ever recorded in the Bank's survey.

French Secretary of State for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, has said that reservations on TGV trains have been limited to 60% of capacity. He said that the 60% level had been chosen because it was a balance between not losing "too much money" and achieving health security. As regards air travel, he said that the French government had asked Air France to pay strict attention to limiting occupancy to 45 to 50% of capacity and said that only 2% of Air France planes are flying at the moment compared to normal.

The mayor of Cagnes-sur-Mer has said that free parking will be continued until further notice.  The council has also voted in favour of creating a yellow zone of 250 parking places at 1 euro per half day.

As at early this evening, Meteo France have a yellow weather warning for high winds in the Var and the Alpes Maritimes starting at 5am tomorow (Wednesday) morning and going through until at least 3pm tomorrow.

Today would have been the opening day of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival and to mark the occasion a giant banner supporting carers has been unfurled on the Palais des Festivals on the Croisette. The Mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, said that by installing the banner he wanted "to put caregivers at the top of the bill". He said his thoughts were also with all the artists as well as the employees of the host establishme