French and Riviera News Monday 29th November 2021


Two police officers injured during the filming of rap video in Nice- Two police officers have been injured after being targeted by mortar fire in the Ariane district in Nice. The incident occurred on Sunday November 28th, when police intervened during the shoot of a rap video for Marseille rapper Graya. Anthony Borré the deputy mayor of Nice, in charge of security, reacted on Twitter saying that along with the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi, they "condemned the act and gave full support to the injured officers". An investigation is currently underway.

New health protocol in France's primary schools - From today Monday 29th November, there is a new health protocol in France's primary schools in order to avoid class closures. The new measure is set to be more flexible. From today the level 2 protocol means that should a pupil test positive in a class all students are tested and those who test positive will have to self-isolate, but the class is not closed. Should your child be a contact case, they are able to return to class upon presentation of a negative test result. As the under 12s are not vaccinated the last year of primary school students are encouraged to carry out from today, two self-tests per week. The situation does not change for middle and high school students as more than 75% of students are vaccinated. All lessons are face to face, wearing a mask is mandatory for pupils and the mixing of students must be limited. Sports activities are allowed however indoor contact sports are forbidden.

Monaco covid cases - While no new cases of covid have been declared in Monaco on Sunday November 28th, twenty-three new cases were declared on Saturday 27th November. To date 3,728 people have been affected by covid since the start of the epidemic. Currently thirteen people are in hospital, two of whom are in intensive care and 146 people are being cared for by the Home Monitoring Centre.

Possible cases Omicron covid variant detected in France -Meanwhile the Directorate General of Health in France has announced on Sunday evening that eight possible cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in France with confirmation expected in the next few days. Possible cases are people who returned from southern Africa during the last 14 days and tested positive. On Sunday morning France's Health minister Olivier Veran said that "since the new variant circulates in Great Britain, Italy and Belgium, it is likely that there are already cases France".

Hunter killed by fellow hunter in wild boar hunt - An investigation has been opened in the Dordogne after a hunter was killed by another hunter during a wild boar hunt on Sunday November 28th. The incident happened at around 10am in the town of Campsegret, about fifteen kilometers north of Bergerac. The victim was "mortally wounded" by a shot from another 60-year-old participant, when the latter opened fire "twice in the direction of a wild boar".

France's Interor Minister announces "more intense fight against people smugglers"- France's Minister of the Interior has met with his European counterparts to discuss the migration crisis. The meeting on Sunday came following the sinking of a boat off Calais which killed 27 people. At the end of a crisis meeting in Calais between European partners the minister announced "an even more intense fight" against smugglers. Britain had been excluded from the meeting by France following comments made last week by the UKs Prime Minister. On the matter Gerald Darmanin said that the "meeting was not anti-English but pro-European adding that he hoped for a collaboration between EU countries and the United Kingdom". Following the meeting it was announced that the European border agency Frontex will deploy from 1st December a plane to help fight against migratory traffic in the Channel.

Tributes pour in following death of artistic director at Louis Vuitton – The world of fashion but also actors, footballers and dancers have paid tribute to Virgil Abloh artistic director at Louis Vuitton who died from cancer on Sunday at the age of 41. Described as a "visionary genius" the American had paved the way for many young creators.

Heavy snowfall sees motorists stranded in central France - Snowfall has caused vehicles to come to standstill in central France on Sunday 28th November and at 10pm last night some 1,500 motorists were still blocked on the A89 motorway. Local authorities opened a gymnasium and a community hall to accommodate motorists "while snow ploughs intervened". The motorway was cut off in both directions for part of the evening.