French and Riviera News Monday 13th September 2021


Helicopter crash kills one and leaves four others injured - One person has died, and four others have been seriously injured after a civil security helicopter crashed in the Isère region on Sunday. France’s Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin expressed his condolences to the family and colleagues of the civil protection mechanic who died in the crash and will visit the region today, Monday 13th September. The prosecutor’s office of Grenoble has since opened an investigation into the crash.

Meanwhile shortly after the helicopter crash on Sunday afternoon a second crash involving a private passenger plane killed both occupants when it crashed while taking off near the village of Autouillet north of Paris.

Mountaineer dies after fatal fall – Meanwhilea mountaineer has died while climbing Malinvern north of Saint Martin Vesubie in the hinterland behind Nice. The 67-year-old Italian national suffered a fatal fall while climbing with two other friends on Saturday. An investigation is underway to determine the causes of death.

Bird flu alert raised - France has raised its bird flu alert level after a severe form of the virus was found among backyard poultry in the northeast, on top of cases in neighbouring Belgium and Luxembourg. The highly contagious H5N8 strain of bird flu was found among ducks, hens, turkeys and pigeons belonging to a household in the Ardennes region, with all the animals slaughtered as a precaution.

Number of covid cases falls below symbolic 10,000 mark - For the first time since July 19th, the number of new confirmed cases of covid per day on average, has fallen below the symbolic bar of 10,000, according to figures released by Public Health France on Sunday, September 12th, 2021.

There were 7,679 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. In addition, the number of hospitalized covid patients remains almost stable. Hospitals registered 10,012 covid patients, six fewer than the day before. In the last 24 hours, hospitals have admitted 187 new patients. Critical care services report 2,129 patients, including 34 who arrived between Saturday and Sunday.

Vaccination - Regarding vaccination, 49,637,966 people have received at least one injection that’s 73.6% of the total population and 46,668,941 people are fully vaccinated or 69.2% of the total population.

Travel restrictions - Certain travellers entering France from the United States and Israel will be subject to additional coronavirus measures introduced on Sunday September 12th. The two countries are being moved from the Green to the Orange list. The change means that arrivals who have not been fully vaccinated will have to show a compelling reason to visit France and will have to provide evidence of a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours or a negative antigen test of less than 48 hours. They may also be subject to random antigen tests after arrival and will be asked to observe a seven-day isolation period.

SNCF says that health pass controls will represent an additional cost to company - Health pass controls carried out on passengers by the SNCF represent an additional cost of "several million euros". The CEO Jean-Pierre Farandou announced on Sunday that the service provided by an external company is currently being evaluated and will represent "several million euros”.

Since August 9th, passengers must be able to present a health pass to take a TGV (Inoui and Ouigo), an Intercités or an international long-distance train departing from France.

Former Prime Minister announces support for Emmanuel Macron - Former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced on national television on Sunday evening that he will support Emmanuel Macron in the presidential election. Phillippe plans to launch a political party next month.

French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity recently saw a small boost. Seven months from the presidential elections, Ipsos said Macron remained in a “much better position” than his two predecessors at the same stage of their five-year terms.

Mayor of Paris presidential candidacy - Meanwhile as expected, the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo announced her presidential candidacy on Sunday. An Ipsos poll this month gave Hidalgo a popularity rating of 9 percent, which put her in fifth position compared to other presidential hopefuls.

Assessments for students in 6eme from today - Students in France who have just entered college will be assessed from today Monday 13th September in French and mathematics. From today until October 1st those in 6th Grade will be assessed in mathematics, with the evaluation relating to; "numbers and calculations", "quantities and measures" and "space and geometry". In French, the comprehension of long written texts and an individual fluency test will be carried out by teachers.

The Ministry of National Education explains that the evaluations will allow teachers to position their sixth grade students, as some will have experienced significant learning difficulties due to lockdown with the aim being to acquire a precise knowledge of pupils skills to help them learn better".

Child escorted home for unpaid school lunches - A 7-year-old child has been escorted home by local police officers due to unpaid school lunches. In total, 800 euros of meals have not been paid to the municipality, which represents several hundred canteen lunches since 2019. The town hall in the Gironde region, specifies that several reminders were sent to the family. The mother meanwhile does not dispute the facts, but objects to the method used.

Brother of Duchess of Cambridge marries in Bormes les Mimosas - The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger brother has tied the knot in Bormes les Mimosas in the Var. Kate Middleton's younger  brother James Middleton announced his marriage to French analyst Alizée Thevenet, after twice having to postpone the wedding due to Covid.

The 34-year-old entrepreneur revealed he had tied the knot on Saturday 'surrounded by family and friends'. The secret ceremony took place in the village of Bormes-les-Mimosas here on the d'Azur. Prince William and Kate both attended the event. The couple, who met in 2018 and who announced their engagement in 2019, had originally planned to get married in May last year.


Greece has confirmed its intention to buy six additional fighter jets from Dassault in addition to the 18 already ordered last January. France’s Ministry of the Armed Forces welcomed the decision. Tweeting on Sunday that “together, we are moving forward to build a real European autonomy”.

The consumption of pork and lamb, which are usually found on barbecues in France, is down this summer. Figures show that one in four French people light their barbecue at least once a week during the summer. But the cool and gloomy summer of 2021 has probably disappointed more than one barbecue fan and was enough to reduce the consumption of certain meats. According to data published by FranceAgriMer, purchases of pork were down (-16.2%) and lamb down (-19%) by French households for home consumption in July. Fresh sausages to such as merguez and chipolatas plunged by 14.7% compared to July 2020. Meat remains for 87% of people the main dish cooked on barbecues and only 4% favour fish-based dishes.

A law firm in the UK which represents travellers is taking the government to court over the quarantine hotel policy. Passengers must spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel on returning from red list countries, even if fully vaccinated and testing negative for Covid. The London-based firm PGMBM said it had called for a judicial review into the policy, but the government had refused.

Meanwhile the boss of budget airline Ryanair has warned holiday prices are likely to rise sharply next year as consumer demand for travel rebounds. Michael O'Leary has told The Sunday Times that fewer flights, inflation and more taxes would drive airfares up.


Tennis – Novak Djokovic's hopes of completing a calendar sweep of the majors in a one-sided US Open final have been shattered after Russia’s Dannii Medvedev beat him, winning his first Grand Slam title.

The coach who guided Emma Raducanu to her astonishing US Open triumph says her mental strength is "truly special". The 18-year-old became the first qualifier, and first British woman for 44 years, to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Football - Liverpool beat Leeds 3-0 on Sunday in the Premier League however the match was marked by a visibly upset Jurgen Klopp after 18-year-old Harvey Elliott was in "massive pain" after suffering a serious ankle injury. There is one match tonight Everton play Burnley kick off is at 9pm French time.

Formula One - Lewis Hamilton has said Formula 1's 'halo' safety device saved his life in his crash at the Italian Grand Prix. The 36-year-old seven-time world champion was hit by Red Bull's Max Verstappen, with the Dutchman's car driving over Hamilton's Mercedes. The 'halo', a curved, reinforced bar in front of the driver's head, protected Hamilton from a more severe impact. McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo won the Italian Grand Prix following the crash between title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.


Highs of 27 degrees and sunny with a gentle breeze in Nice, Antibes, Cannes and Saint Tropez. This evening going down to 18 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday - Becoming increasingly cloudy with sunny intervals and highs of 27-28 degrees.

And Finally 

According to a new study into only child syndrome, children that grow up without a sibling are no more selfish than those who have brothers and sisters. 

Researchers found no difference in levels of altruistic behaviour between children with brothers and sisters and those without. The researchers said the negative stereotypes are often based on the idea that 'inflated parental attention' can result in self-centred behaviour. 

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