French and Riviera News Friday 15th May 2020

Schools reopening - At least 150,000 schoolchildren are expected to return to school next week in France in those areas classified as green. 4,000 colleges will reopen for 6eme and 5eme students.

In France, there are 1.6 million middle school students in grades 6 and 5, red and green areas combined.

The reopening for students of 4eme and 3eme in colleges located in the red zones and of the lycées in France, are to wait until the end of May for a decision to be confirmed.

In Corsica, where only 1.6% of schoolchildren returned on Tuesday, no secondary school or high school will reopen before the start of the school year in September.

Beaches reopening - Finistère, Côtes-d'Armor, Vendée and Loire-Atlantique have already reopened some of their beaches this week with the north and the Atlantic Pyrenees following on Saturday.

In Gironde, where  many mayors have submitted files, no official decision has yet been taken. But according to the regional prefecture, we are moving towards a reopening on Saturday "unless there is a last-minute problem".

For the Var, the Alpes-Maritimes and Corsica, no official decision has been announced after it was suggested that it would be at the weekend.

Prefect of the PACA region to replace Serge Telle as Minister of State in Monaco - It’s been reported that Pierre Dartout will be the next head of government in Monaco. The prefect of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region will replace Serge Telle, who has been in office since 2016, in early September.

The prefect Dartout should take office in early September, as reports say that the Elysee wished him to remain at the head of the prefecture of the PACA Region and of the Bouches-du-Rhône during the critical period of deconfinement.

Pierre Dartout is a graduate of IEP Paris and a former student of Ena. He was prefect of several departments and also director of cabinet to the President of the National Assembly.

Coronavirus - Nine people have died of coronavirus in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in the last 24 hours. The number of deaths from the virus for the PACA region stands at 824 since the start of the crisis.

143 people are still in intensive care. 46 new cases were identified within 24 hours. 16,107 people have been infected with coronavirus in the PACA since February 28.

Monte-Carlo Ballet - The international dance company has announced today that all the dancers and staff at the Monte Carlo Ballet have been tested for Covid-19
The screening, carried out on Wednesday by the Monaco Red Cross, will "allow to put back in place, in the best