Evening Update Wednesday 6 October 2021

A major security exercise will be taking place in Cannes tomorrow involving a simulated attack in the city. On Thursday October 7 the Prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes and the city of Cannes are jointly organizing an exercise to prepare the security, rescue and health services by simulating an attack in Cannes. The Alpes-Maritimes Prefecture said the time of the excercise will be from 6 a.m. to 10am. Certain restrictions will be in place until 12 noon. The exercise will take place near the Laubeuf car park on the Lérins Islands pier side in Cannes and will involve about 400 people. The Quai Laubeuf and car park will be made inaccessible as well as their surroundings in order to completely secure the exercise. Throughout the exercise, residents of the area will be able to hear detonations and see unusual movements such as large groups of law enforcement personnel. The Prefecture and town hall have issued instructions to the local population, saying that before and during the exercise people should avoid the area as much as possible so as not to interfere with its progress, should not encumber the emergency service numbers such as 17, 15, 18 and 112 or the telephone lines of the prefecture and town hall. They should also not relay false rumors or false information on social networks and must not take photos or videos of the exercise. Various traffic diversions and road closures will be in effect from 6am to midday. Further information is available on the Prefecture's website https://www.alpes-maritimes.gouv.fr/

The French High Authority of Health has recommended extending a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine to caregivers. The body said today that following the favorable opinion of the European Medicines Agency for the use of the Pfizer vaccine as a booster, it recommends extending this booster to all professionals who take charge of or support  vulnerable people, such as caregivers, medical transport and professionals in the medico-social sector. The organization also said that it recommends offering a booster dose to those who are around people who are immunocompromised.

Customs coastguards have seized 1.1 tonnes of cocaine in an operation in the north-west of France. The delegate minister of public accounts Olivier Dussopt said that the seizure off Dunkirque is a record since 2018 in the territorial waters of France. The minister said that the vessel had originated in Brazil and had stopped in Spain on it's way to Antwerp in Belgium.

A ceremony has been held in Paris for the French businessman Bernard Tapie who died last Sunday. The ceremony at the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church was attended by many leading figures from the world of entertainment, sports and politics. His body will now be moved to a funeral chapel at the Velodrome in Marseille where people will be able to pay their respects tomorrow from 4pm to 8pm. He will be buried in Marseille on Friday after a ceremony at the cathedral.


Supermarket operator Tesco has said that sales and profits have grown ahead of expectations in the six months to August. Chief Executive Ken Murphy said that the retail sector is undergoing significant change and customers are faced with an increasing range of choices as to where, how and when to shop, with the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating a number of "profound shifts" in consumer behaviour.

Industrial orders in Germany fell by 7.7% in August from the previous month according to provisional figures from federal statistics office Destatis. The automotive sector was particularly affected, with orders for motor vehicles and parts falling by 12%. It said that manufacturers are complaining of delivery bottlenecks.

Lord Wolfson, the chief executive of clothing retailer Next, has said UK labour shortages could be solved by companies hiring overseas workers and paying a "visa tax". Speaking to the BBC's Today programme he said that staff were not available in the places needed and seasonal workers were difficult to recruit. He said that a system is needed which delivers the skills needed but at the same time makes sure UK workers are not deprived of opportunities.



Cricket... England and Australia cricket bodies have held further discussions regarding the Ashes. Discussions involving Cricket Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Professional Cricketers' Association and players took place yesterday. Reports say that the talks have been positive.The ECB is expected to meet on Friday to decide whether or not the series will go ahead.

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