French and Riviera News Monday 6th December 2021


Health Defense Council Meeting to be held this morning - The French government will this morning Monday 6th December, hold a Health Defense Council meeting. The meeting comes as, according to figures published on Sunday by Public Health France, 42,000 new cases of covid have been detected in the last 24 hours and more than 2,000 people are in intensive care. The average of new daily cases of covid now stands at 42,500 compared to 28,000 a week ago.

No speech is planned by the Head of State following the meeting. However as usual the government spokesman Gabriel Attal is expected to give a recap. No major new measures or restrictions are expected as the government plans to concentrate on the vaccination campaign for the 3rd booster jab against covid as well as the possible vaccination of 5–11-year-olds.

Missing - Police in Marseille have launched an appeal following the worrying disappearance of 23-year-old Sarah Ndela who has not been seen since December 2nd. A chemistry student at the university of Aix-Marseille, Sarah left her family home in Vitrolles at 6.45am on December 2nd and has not been seen since. Sarah was wearing a "beige coat and burgundy scarf" when she left and is described as having brown eyes and dark brown braided hair. Anyone who may have any information is asked to call 17.

"Tree of Angels" in memory of the Nice attack victims - Two associations for the victims of the Nice July 14th attack have put up a Christmas tree on the Promenade in front of the Palais de la Méditerranée. Considered as the "tree of angels" the installation is a reminder of those who lost their lives in the attack and is placed where eventually the memorial will be installed. The trial of the Nice attack is to take place in 2022.

Pécresse leader of the Republican party in the Alpes Maritimes today - The recently elected head of the Republican party Valérie Pécresse will start her presidential campaign today Monday 6th December, in the Alpes Maritimes. In an attempt to bring her political party together she will be accompanied by local MP Eric Ciotti, who lost against Précresse in the run for the leadership. After a private lunch in Nice, the two will travel to Saint-Martin-Vésubie where they will lay a wreath in memory of the victims of storm Alex at the end of 2020, before a joint public meeting.

Violent clashes at Zemmour's first campaign rally - Meanwhile presidential candidate Eric Zemmour has been physically attacked at his first campaign rally in Paris on Sunday. Zemmour was placed in a headlock as he walked through the crowd at