Evening Update Tuesday 3 November 2020

Searches are continuing to locate a private plane which lost contact with Cannes Mandelieu Airport last night. The Maritime Prefecture said that small amounts of debris have been found a few kilometres south-east of the airport. Searches involving several boats and helicopters resumed early this morning. It's believed that one person was on board the aircraft.

A new decree modifying the French government decree of October 29 organizing the confinement has been published in the Official Journal today. Amongst other measures, the decree introduces new rules regarding the number of customers allowed in hypermarkets and supermarkets.  Each customer must have a minimum surface area of ​​4 m² - for example a store of 400 square metres may have a maximum of 100 customers at any one time. Until now the rule only applied in shopping centers but has been extended to "supermarkets, multi-store stores, hypermarkets and other sales stores with a surface area of ​​over 400 m²". The decree of October 29 imposed the closure of libraries and media libraries but the new decree allows mayors to provide an exception for "the withdrawal and return of reserved documents ".

Teachers at some French schools are calling for industrial action to protest at difficulties in following health protocols and questioning whether current protocols are sufficient. Reports say that strike action has already been taken today at several schools in the Paris area. Meanwhile, students have staged demonstrations at several schools this morning to protest against what they say is a lack of appropriate health measures. Reports say that demonstrations were held this morning at several schools in the Ile-de-France and in towns including Saint-Nazaire and Nantes.

The French Prime Minister's Office has denied that a curfew is about to be introduced in Paris. Speaking on French television this morning, a government spokesperson said that a curfew was about to be imposed in the capital but the Prime Minister's Office said that it was "absolutely not decided at ths stage". The spokesperson also said that 100,000 checks on confinement had been carried out since Friday resulting in 14,000 fines being issued.

The SNCF has said that it will gradually reduce TGV, Inoui and Ouigo services by 70% starting from tomorrow. The number of Intercity trains will also be reduced, starting from Thursday.

Public parks, gardens and play areas in the City of Nice have re-opened this morning. Access will be privileged for seniors on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. However, Parc Phoenix will remain closed until further notice under national measures as the facility is considered an Establishment Receiving the Public.

The Association of Mayors of France has