Evening Update Wednesday 25 May 2022

The French High Authority of Health has recommended a fourth Covid-19 vaccination for the most vulnerable people. The Authority said that it has developed a vaccine strategy to fight Covid-19 based on a scenario of periodic reappearance of the virus, which it considers the most likely. It therefore recommends anticipating vaccination in the autumn of people at risk of developing serious forms of Covid-19.

The overall number of jobseekers in France in April remained virtually unchanged from the previous month. The number of category A, B and C unemployed fell by only about 40,000 people, meaning that there are still just over 5.4 million people unemployed.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi and a host of sports stars have been at the Allianz Riviera stadium today to announce The Match of Legends, which will take place at the stadium on September 26. Those present included Pascal Olmeta and French football legend Didier Deschamps. The match will be played in a particular format.  A team of footballers will play a team of rugby players with celebrities in each team.  The match will take place with a first football half and a second rugby half. The Mayor said that the ticket office will open on Wednesday, June 8 at 10 a.m. at the Allianz Riviera Stadium, then at the usual distributors.

The Prefect of the Var has reminded residents who are going away for the holiday weekend that they should pay attention to the security of their home while they are away. The prefecture particularly drew attention to the need to be discreet on social networks.

A meeting of Prefects from departments throughout France has been taking place in Paris. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said that prefects are the "face, voice and arms" of the state in its territories.

 

BUSINESS

Marks & Spencer has announced that it will pull out of the Russian market. It had previously said that complex franchise deals prevented it from withdrawing completely. It also announced plans to close 32 stores in the UK, mostly in town centres.However, it plans to open 15 new UK stores and 40 food stores over the next three years. The company today reported pre-tax profits of £391.7million for the year to 2 April. It made a loss of £209.4 million the previous year. However, it also said that it expected sales growth to slow due to rising costs and consumer uncertainty. International online retail sales were over £250m against £100m in the 2019/20 year.

Volkswagen is to pay a total of £193m to more than 90,000 UK drivers after it settled a High Court claim over the installation of emissions cheating devices in its vehicles. The so-called "dieselgate" scandal dates back to 2015. The group has already paid out more than €3