Evening Update Tuesday 30 November 2021

French Health Minister Olivier Veran has said that 47,000 Covid-19 cases have been recorded in France in the past 24 hours. Speaking in the National Assembly he said that "the situation is worsening" and if the current trend of a 60% increase per week is maintained then the daily numbers could be higher than the peak of the third wave by the end of the week. He said that vaccination and also the health pass currently protect the country and make it possible to limit the number of serious cases. However, he said that the number of serious cases continues to rise, with 1,700 patients being in intensive care or critical care which is why the booster campaign needs to be intensified.

Controversial French political commentator Eric Zemmour has announced that he is running in next year's presidential election. Zemmour is a former journalist who is know for his anti-immigration views. He is scheduled to appear on TF1 television this evening.

A man in his thirties has died in a fire in La Crau in the Var. The fire broke out in the early hours of this morning. Reports say that the man lived with his partner and their child in an apartment above business premises. His partner and child suffered from smoke inhalation but their lives are not believed to be in danger.

A ceremony has taken place this afternoon in honour of the mountaineer from Nice who lost his life in an avalanche. Thomas Arfi died in the avalanche in Nepal in October. The ceremony was held at the Prefecture and was attended by his family and local elected officials.

The muncipality of Antibes Juan-les-Pins has reminded local people that those aged 18 and over, without comorbidities, who wish to receive their booster injection, can now make an appointment. Appointments can be made at the Maison des Associations, 288, chemin de Saint-Claude, by calling 0805 020 445 or online at doctolib.fr. The municipality said that booster injections can be performed no earlier than five months after the last injection or four weeks after the single injection of the Janssen vaccine.

The French government has published details of the number of people in France who have been charged with drug offences. It's the first time such data has been released. The reports said that on average, between 2016 and 2020, 208,000 people are implicated each year for offenses against narcotics legislation, which includes 44,000 for trafficking offences, 179,000 for use offences and 2,000 for other offences relating to the legislation on narcotics. 17,000 people are implicated for offences related to more than one of these categories.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has inaugurated a new geothermal power plant, which draws its energy from the Var river. It's the first of it's kind in Europe. Twelve geothermal wells draw wate