French and Riviera News Friday 17th September 2021

Local News

Several covid restrictions to be lifted in the Var from today - Several covid restrictions are set to be lifted in the Var. As of today, Friday, September 17th, at midnight, the following three health measures are lifted in the Var, namely the obligation to present a health pass at the entrance to six Var shopping centers of more than 20,000 m², the ban on consuming alcohol on public roads and the obligation to wear a mask in 58 towns along the coast, the Pays de Fayence and the Gapeau valley. More details can be found at www.var.gouv.fr

Prefecture warns consumers of telephone sales - The prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes has called for vigilance after many residents have reportedly been victims of misleading commercial practices sold over the phone. Consumers are invited to go to a furniture store to collect a gift and participate in a lottery when in actual fact the gifts given do not correspond to the products advertised and prove to be of low value, the winnings announced as part of the lottery are automatically changed into a voucher as well as a number of misleading sales pitches.

Any consumer who may have been a victim of such practices can contact the investigators from the DDPP des Alpes-Maritimes - CADAM - 147 bd du Mercantour - BT Mont des Merveilles - 06286 Nice CEDEX 3 - tel: 04 93 72 28 00 - ddpp@alpes-maritimes.gouv.fr

Outcry following the announcement of a carbon tax for vehicles taking the ferry from Nice to Corsica - There has been outcry amongst passengers following the announcement from the mayor of Nice concerning the city’s carbon tax which would see a 60-euro charge be introduced for vehicles boarding the ferry from the port of Nice to Corsica. Estrosi made the announcement last week at the forum on the economy of the sea during the presentation of the rehabilitation project of the port of Nice.

Train disruptions - Due to work being carried out, trains will not be operating between Nice and Cagnes-sur-mer tomorrow, Saturday 18th September. Traffic will be disrupted in both directions for the whole day.

National News

Personal data stolen from Paris hospital system - Hackers have stolen the personal data of around 1.4 million people who took Covid-19 tests in the Paris region in the middle of 2020. The data stolen includes the names, social security numbers, contact information and results for those tested in mid-2020 in the Paris area, as well as the names and contact information for the health professionals treating them. The Paris hospital system says access to the compromised service has since been cut, as investigations continue to find the origin and the mode of the hack.

Health pass soon to become compulsory in the workplace in Italy - From October 15th Italian employees will be subject to having a health pass. The Italian government is to generalize the obligation of the health pass in the workplace, in both public and private sectors. According to reports failure to respect the measure could lead to a hefty fine of between of 400 and 1,000 euros.

Social media craze victimizing 1st year college students has been described as worrying - France’s education ministry has warned schools of the #Anti2010 craze which is targeting first year college students. In a letter sent to school heads on Thursday, Edouard Geffray, the director general of school education described the situation as “worrying”. The hashtag #Anti2010 targets first year students born in 2010 and entering the 6th grade this year, generating mockery and harassment towards them with posts circulating on social networks for several days. The Ministry of Education added that any student participating in the posts would be identified as a bully and “is liable to disciplinary action" asking schools to put in place a reporting and support procedure in the event of an incident. To counter the craze, the director general of school education invites school heads to encourage families to contact the emergency number 3018 to request the removal of the online video. Meanwhile in a video posted on Thursday France’s Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer launched a new hashtag #BienvenueAux2010.

TGV of the future - French President Emmanuel Macron will today unveil the TGV of the future. In the company of Jean-Pierre Farandou, the president of the SNCF, 40 years of the SNCF flagship TGV will be celebrated at the Gare de Lyon. In four decades, the high-speed train has changed many times with ten versions being put into circulation. It was on September 22nd, 1981, that the Paris-Lyon high-speed line was officially inaugurated, in the presence of the President of the Republic, François Mitterrand. The famous orange train reaching over 200 km / h would forever transform the railway landscape of France.

Business

Third quarter growth in the United States has been dented because of the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant. The US like most countries has been affected by global supply chain disruptions due to the pandemic which have also pushed up inflation. Economists think the slowdown will be temporary and have not made any major changes to a strong outlook for next year. 85% of 51 economists who were polled by Reuters said the spread of the Delta variant had a material impact on their quarterly GDP growth forecasts over the last month. Economic disruption in many parts of the country has been sharp as the delta variant spreads. There is now heightened expectation that the Federal reserve will hold off until November before announcing an impending policy shift.

A lack of detail in financial reporting will dramatically reduce firms’ chances of meeting global emissions targets. In a study of 107 global businesses working in carbon intensive sectors, researchers said there is a glaring absence of climate risks in financial reporting. More than 70% of the companies studied failed to include the climate impacts in their financial statements. The Carbon Tracker think-tank said that there is no way of knowing if money is being put into sustainable activities. It added that firms also need to be more transparent as to how they will hit sustainability targets. Carbon Tracker warned that the lack of detail in financial reporting will dramatically reduce the chances of meeting global emissions targets.

Victims of the fraudster Bernie Madoff are about to get the first government payouts since he died behind bars five months ago. The fund, set up several years ago is preparing to send out a total of $568 million in reimbursement checks. Around 31,000 investors worldwide will get payments derived from government settlements with some of Madoff’s oldest customers and his bank JP Morgan Chase&Co. The US Department of Justice which set up the fund said the disbursements will boost its total payouts to more than $3.7 billion. A spokesman said that it continues to seek justice for the victims of history’s largest Ponzi scheme.

Sport

Football – There were a stack of games in the Europa League last night with Leicester drawing 2–2 at home against Napoli in group C. West Ham had a good 2–0 away win at Dinamo Zagreb while Rangers lost 2–0 at home to Lyon and Celtic went down 4–3 at Real Betis. Monaco beat Sturm Graz 1-0 at the Stade Louis Deux in Group B.

In the English Premier League this weekend Newcastle play Leeds tonight. On Saturday Wolves played Brentford. Burnley meet Arsenal. Liverpool host Crystal Palace. Manchester City play Southampton. Norwich face Watford and Aston Villa play Everton. On Sunday Brighton play Leicester. West Ham meet Manchester United and Spurs play Chelsea.

Cricket – Virat Kohli will step down as India’s T20 captain after the men’s World Cup in November. The 32-year-old says he needs to give himself space to be fully ready to continue leading India in Test cricket and one-day internationals. Kohli has scored 3,159 runs in 90 T20 appearances for India. He will continue to play in the format.

Rugby Union – The Gallagher English Premiership season starts tonight with 13 teams in the competition. Saracens return to the top flight after a year in the wilderness of the Championship for financial irregularities. The club has retained most of its international players while blooding youngsters last season to give them experience. It’s expected to be a very competitive season with a number of clubs in with a chance of winning the title. The first game of the season is between Bristol and Saracens tonight.

Weather

Clear skies with light to moderate westerly winds. Top temperatures 26-28 degrees. Overnight lows of 18-20 degrees with clear skies.

The weekend - Mainly fine with highs of 25-27 degrees.

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