Evening Update Wednesday 5 October 2022

French government spokesperson Olivier Veran has said that there is "no shortage of fuel" at French service stations. Speaking after a Council of Ministers meeting this morning, he said that 12% of services stations are encountering difficulties with at least one type of fuel but in the Hauts-de-France almost 30% of stations are experiencing difficulties. He said that there are "tensions" but they are temporary and "we believe that everything is on the table to ensure that they are resolved". Explaining the situation, he said that some service stations had been victims of their own success with the recent fall in fuel prices boosting demand and secondly, there is a strike which is affecting a certain number of refineries.

The Monaco government has announced that the Pfizer-BioNTech bi-valent vaccine, adapted to the variants currently in circulation will be available next week in the Principality. This vaccine is accessible to people with a complete vaccination schedule including at least two vaccine injections or one injection and a documented infection. The Comir-naty mono-valent vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech remains available for the primary vaccination of people aged 12 and over. People wishing to receive the bi-valent booster dose are invited to contact the Covid19 Call Centre on Monaco 92.05.55.00, reachable 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or on https://vaccination-covid19.gouv.mc or to make an appointment directly online on the Monaco Santé website https://patient.monacosante.mc/fr/vaccination-covid-19/monaco .

Five people have been arrested in connection with the violence at the Allianz Riviera stadium on 8 September before the Nice against Cologne match. The arrests were made by police in Germany. In total the German police searched the homes of sixteen suspects during which items including mobile phones were seized.

The route of the marathon in the Paris Olympics has been unveiled. The race will pass in front of many of the iconic landmarks in Paris including the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Chateau de Versailles and the Opera Garnier. The Paris Olymics are scheduled to start on 26 July 2024.

The mayor of a town in the Vaucluse department has launched a campaign to encourage residents to write to President Macron. Under the campaign, called "Operation I write to the President", the town hall has duplicated 30,000 letters ready for locals to sign which outline the town hall's request to obtain more funding and personnel for the police, gendarmerie and justice department.

 

BUSINESS

Supermarket operator Tesco has announced a fall in profits for the first h