French and Riviera News 10th December 2021

News 

Minimum service during strike action from bin collectors in Marseille – Local officials of Aix-Marseille have asked for a minimum service to be maintained following strike action from the city's bin collectors. In a press conference on Thursday officials threatened the intervention of police officers should the situation "not improve with at least a minimum service during negotiations".

Tunnel reopen completely - From this morning Friday 10th December, the Liautaud tunnel in Nice is to reopen. Closed following an incident during works being carried out some sections had been reopened with the tunnel completely reopened from 6am today. The closure had caused major traffic jams during rush hour.

Chemists to open on Sunday for vaccinations - France's minister of health Olivier Veran has announced that pharmacists "who wish" will now be able to open every Sunday in December and January to vaccinate against Covid-19.

IKEA - IKEA have announced the official opening date of their new store in Nice saying that the 24,000 square metre facility will open on the 11th of May next year. And Megarama, one of France's largest cinema chains, has announced it will open its brand-new multiplex, just north of Riquier, this Saturday December 11th. Located on Avenue François Mitterrand the cinema will show the latest movies, including House of Gucci and Stephen Spielberg's newly released version of West Side Story in French and 'original version' English.

Relations between France and Britain strained - During a press conference at the Elysée, in which France was presenting its plans for its presidency of the council of the European Union, French President Emmanuel Macron has said that relations between France and Britain are strained because the UK government does not honour its word. Macron accused London of failing to keep its word on Brexit and fishing licenses, but said France was willing to re-engage in good faith and called for "British re-engagement" over the "humanitarian question" of dangerous Channel crossings. The head of State added "I love Great Britain; I love its people. I have an overwhelming desire to have a government that wants to work with us in good faith".

New 1/2 euro coins – Meanwhile France's Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune has announced that a new €2 coin would soon be minted by France and put into circulation, to mark France's Presidency