French and Riviera News Friday 19th June 2020

Road accident - A young woman in her twenties has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after being hit by a car while on her scooter. The accident occurred around 5pm in Nice near the Park Phoenix on the Promenade des Anglais.

Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

Bioethanol lamp explodes - A 37-year-old mother and her 8-year-old son have suffered serious burns to their faces after a bioethanol lamp exploded on a market stall on the Quai de Gaulle in Bandol.

The incident occurred shortly after 8.30pm on Thursday while the family were visiting the market. The 31-year-old father and 5-year-old daughter were also slightly injured.

Professor warns of a new wave of coronavirus - Professor Didier Raoult has warned of the risk of a new wave of coronavirus in France next winter.

The director general of Marseille hospital, who was widely solicited following his views on the controversial treatment of hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19 says that being “unable to predict the future there is a possibility of a second wave” and “France needs to watch very closely, this eventuality”.

Five players test positive at AS Saint-Etienne - Meanwhile France’s premier League football team AS Saint-Etienne announced on Thursday that five footballers have tested positive for Covid-19.

Testing was carried out before returning to the pitch on Wednesday. Thirty-three players and 21 management staff were tested and according to the ASSE, this screening campaign "demonstrates that the people who tested positive had contracted the virus during the lockdown period when they were not in contact with each other".

The players are now confined to their homes and are subject to support by the club's medical staff. They will undergo additional examinations within 24 hours.

In England, where the championship resumed on Wednesday, only one positive case was detected during the last series of tests on players and members of management of the clubs of the Premier League, on 1.213 people tested.

Swimming ban - A swimming area in La Seyne-sur-Mer has been temporarily closed due to "micropollution of biological origin", according to the municipality. The closure affects an area of Mar-Vivo beach. Tests are being carried out, the results of which should be known by Saturday.

Fete de la Musique - The prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes has announced that spontaneous street concerts will be prohibited on the Côte d'Azur on Sunday.

As France prepares to celebrate this year’s Fête de la Musique. The usual gathering of crowds in the streets and outsi