French and Riviera News Friday 7th May 2021


Vaccination campaign in France - French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that the vaccination campaign against Covid in France is now open to 16 and 17-year-olds suffering from certain serious illnesses and that from Monday 10th May it will be open to over 50s. In addition, from next Wednesday 12th May, nonpriority adults of all ages and over 18 will be able to take advantage of non-reserved slots in order to get vaccinated and use vaccines which would otherwise go to waste.

Meanwhile Professor Alain Fischer, who is responsible for the vaccine strategy in France, has suggested a hope of an almost return to normal "by the end of the summer" adding that the objective is to put an end to having to wear a mask by then”. Fischer has expressed his optimism on achieving this goal adding that "If everyone does their part it should be possible”. In the Alpes-Maritimes the measure has already been relaxed for wearing a mask in certain areas outdoors such as beaches and parks.

In other news 

Clashes with police in Cannes - There have been violent clashes between local police and a group of youths in Cannes. Tensions rose after police seized part of a drug trafficking ring in the Frayère district of the city on Thursday afternoon. The situation escalated and by 9pm clashes were reported as bins were set alight and a police patrol car attacked. By midnight the national police were deployed to the area along with the intervention of the mayor of Cannes David Lisnard.

Citizens march – Meanwhile police unions have organised a tribute to the officer shot dead in Avignon. Officers have called for a “citizens march” to take place on Sunday May 9th in Paris as a tribute as well as to show support for the police. The investigation into the shooting continues as the perpetrator is still at large. And France’s Interior Ministry has ordered 30,000 body cameras to equip police forces. The cameras which will be available from July are part of a 15 million euros contract.

Fishing rights - French fishing boats have withdrawn from the British island of Jersey after a protest over post-Brexit fishing rights that led to a brief standoff between British navy and French coastal patrol boats. In the latest cross-Channel standoff, angry French fishermen protested as fears of a blockade prompted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to send two royal navy vessels to the area.

Mayor of Nice leaves the Republican party - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has announced his departure from the Republican party. Estrosi announced his decision during an interview on Thursday May 6th in which he criticized the intention of the party “to derail at a regional level, the alliance between the Republicans and the Republique en Marche”. The mayor of Nice also indicated that it was "time to create a large modern political party to bring together the right and the centre right around a real project".

Ever Monaco - An event dedicated to ecological vehicles and renewable energies has got underway in Monaco. Ever Monaco opened on Thursday at the Espace Fontvieille and continues today. There's an exhibition of vehicles and round table discussions are taking place. Some 20 green vehicles from different manufacturers can be tested throughout the event. Entrance is free and you can get more details at

Monapass app - Meanwhile the Monaco government has launched a new all-in-one mobility app. The Monapass app features maps, subscriptions and means of payment for bus, electric bicycles and parking on public roads. Real-time traffic information and route suggestions are also included. The development of the app is part of Monaco's digital transition initiative.

George Clooney and his wife buy estate in Brignoles - According to local media, American actor George Clooney has acquired the Canadel estate, located in Brignoles. The actor and his wife Amal are reported to be the new - happy - owners of this vast property of 170 hectares, located on the outskirts of the town. The sale is thought to have cost close to eight million euros.


Global stocks are heading for their first weekly gain in three amid a surge in commodity prices as investors wait for the latest US non-farm payroll numbers. Aluminium prices approached levels last seen in 2018 while copper flirted with ten year highs as investors bet on a rapid global recovery from the pandemic led by the United states. US shares rallied, led by financials and industrials after a report showed that the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment fell below 500,000 last week for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic started. The data suggests that the US labour market