French and Riviera News Monday 16th May 2022


Obligation to wear a mask lifted from today - From today Monday 16th May, wearing a mask on public transport will no longer be an obligation in France. The obligation will also be lifted at airports and onboard planes throughout the European Union. However, be careful of different health instructions in other countries if you are traveling outside of the EU. Latest figures show that the number of daily covid cases on average stands at 32,000 and that there are 20,000 patients currently hospitalised with covid in France. The mask will still be an obligation in places of healthcare, as specified on the government site such as hospitals, laboratories and at a doctor’s surgery.

Monaco two new cases of covid - Meanwhile it was on Friday that Monaco lifted the obligation to wear a mask indoors with it no longer being compulsory, both for staff and for visitors, in shops and other closed places open to the public in the Principality. On Sunday two new cases of covid were identified in Monaco bringing the total number f residents affected to 12,006. Seven people are in hospital and 48 are being followed by the home monitoring Centre.

Prefect announces that he will challenge the authorisation of the burkini in public swimming pools - The prefect of Isère has announced that he is ready to challenge the authorization of the burkini in swimming pools. Today the municipal council of Grenoble could modify the regulations of its swimming pools in order to authorize swimming in a Burkini. However, Laurent Prevost announced on Sunday evening in a press release that plans to ask the administrative court to cancel the authorization. The Grenoble city council is preparing to modify the swimming pool regulations on Monday to lift the current restrictive dress requirements. For the ecologist mayor Éric Piolle, it is a question of "ensuring equal access to public services and the freedom to dress or undress, while respecting hygiene and safety". In Rennes, the city changed its regulations in 2018 and the burkini has since been authorized in swimming pools.

Road accident - Three people have been injured one seriously, following a road accident in the Var on Sunday. The accident occurred shortly before midday in Cotignac on the RD13 when two cars collided head on. Police have opened an investigation and called for any witnesses to come forward in order to determine the exact cause of the collision.

Left in the dark in Saint-Tropez - Several restaurants and shops have been left in the dark in Saint-Tropez following a power cut on Sunday evening. The incident occurred on the Quai de L&rsqu