Evening Update Wednesday 1 June

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera have been answering questions before the French Senate this evening about events at the Stade de France at last Saturday's Champions League final. The Interior Minister said that "it's obvious that things could have been better organised". He said that he is going to propose that from Monday "Spanish or British Citizens" who allege they have been the victim of offenses on Saturday can "file a complaint in their country". Discussing the events around the stadium, he said that half of the people who were arrested and jumped over the gates were British citizens, adding that there were also numerous arrests for theft. French government spokesperson Olivia Gregoire earlier apologized on behalf of the government to football supporters who were unable to enter the stadium. Speaking this lunchtime she said that the situation "could have been managed better". The French Football Federation said this afternoon that 35,000 supporters had turned up at the stadium with fake tickets or no tickets. Olivia Gregoire also said that President Macron continues to have full confidence in Gerald Darmanin, despite reports in French media that he had criticized the minister over the situation. 

The PACA Regional Health Agency has released its weekly update on Covid-19 numbers, as at yesterday. It said that all indicators continue to decline compared to the previous week. The incidence rate in the region stood at 171 per 100,000 people compared to 263 the previous week. In the Alpes-Maritimes there were 135 patients in conventional hospitalization, which is down 78 from the previous week. There were eight people in intensive care, which is down three. In the Var, the Agency said that there were 98 people in conventional hospitalization, which is sixteen fewer than the previous week.

There were 300 fewer deaths on French roads in 2021 than in 2019. According to the National Inter-ministerial Road Safety Observatory