Evening Update Wednesday 22 April 2020

The administrative court in Nice has ruled in favour of the City of Nice in a case regarding the curfew. The League for Human Rights had brought the case, alleging that the mayor's extension of the curfew to begin at 8pm in nine districts of Nice was an attack on fundamental freedoms. The League said that it plans to appeal against the court's decision.

The President of the Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur Region, Renaud Muselier, has said that a first batch of 5 million masks delivered from China will be distributed to health workers and security personnel. One million of the masks will be given to small municipalities of less than 20,000 residents in the PACA region. He said that by the end of May, he expected 25 million masks to have been delivered to the region.

The Elysee has announced that President Macron will hold a video conference tomorrow morning with 15 mayors from across France. Although not confirmed by the Elysee, local reports suggest that the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, and the Mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, will participate. The meeting is part of President Macron's fact finding mission in preparation for the gradual deconfinement in France from the 11 May. President Macron will also hold a separate video conference on Friday which will concentrate on plans for the tourism, leisure, hotel and restaurant sectors.

Distribution of food baskets to the over 65's has officially begun in Nice today. The baskets contain good to the value of 25 euros including fresh produce and dry foods such as pasta as well as hygeine products. They will be distributed by a network of people, including volunteers. Christian Estrosi said today that 1,500 people had expressed an interest in receiving the baskets since Saturday.

Religious leaders have said that places of worship will not reopen on the 11 May. Leaders held a tele-conference with President Macron yesterday. An assessment is being planned to evaluate the possibility of re-openings sometime in June but the president reportedly said that there would be no large gatherings until the end of the summer.


BUSINESS


A widely watched survey has shown steep falls in the retail sector in Scotland. The SRC-KPMG retail sales monitor showed a total drop in sales of 13% in March compared with the same month last year. It's the lowest figure recorded since the survey began in 1999.  Scotland's chief economist has warned that GDP could decline by as much as 33% due to the impact of the virus.

Delta Airlines has reported a net loss of 534 million dollars in the first quarter of this year. The airline also reported total operating revenues down by 18 per cent and was buring through cash at the rate of 100 million dollars per day at the end of March.