Evening Update Wednesday 8 June 2022

The French Health Minister has announced several measures to improve the working conditions of hospital staff. Brigitte Bourgignon said that the measures would overcome what she called a "difficult summer" in the nation's hospitals. Overtime pay will be doubled for the remainder of the summer for non-medical staff and additional working time for doctors. Financial measures will be introduced to encourage retired carers to resume their activity for the summer. Student caregivers and nurses who completed their training in June and July will be able to practice immediately without waiting for the presentation of their diploma.

The family of the woman fatally shot by police in Paris last weekend will reportedly file complaints against the driver of the vehicle in which they were a passenger and against "X", the person who fired the shot. The car allegedly failed to stop at a police check.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has said that employees who receive salary increases to cover rises in inflation will not pay more taxes. In a Tweet this morning he said that it’s out of the question that the French pay more income tax because of inflation, “this is why we are going, like every year, to index the income tax scale to inflation to prevent French people from paying more taxes with unchanged real income”.

The Monaco government has released its weekly update on Covid-19 numbers in the Principality, which shows that the incidence rate has more than doubled. The report released yesterday evening showed that the incidence rate, in other words the number of positive people based on 100,000 people over the period of the past 7 days, showed a large increase at 347 compared to 148 in the previous week. In the week from 30 May to 6 June, 58 new positive cases of Covid-19 were recorded. As at yesterday evening, 10 people were hospitalized at the Princess Grace Hospital. No patients were being treated in intensive care.  88 people were being monitored by the Home Monitoring Centre.

Meanwhile the Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur Regional Health Agency has said that as at yesterday, there were 486 people hospitalized with Covid-19 in the region, which is 63 fewer than the previous week and 61 people were in intensive care, which is down 7.

Gerald Darmanin, French Minister of the Interior, and Yaël Braun-Pivet, Minister of Overseas Territories, have condemned recent violence in the French overseas department of Mayotte. Violent clashes erupted last night between rival gangs in the islands in the Indian Ocean after the fatal stabbing of a youth on Sunday. Roadblocks were erected last night by small groups who also targeted motorists and police.

A businessman from the Var is one of several people on trial in Paris for invol