French and Riviera News Monday October 19th 2020

Teacher honoured- Rallies and vigils have been taking place across France in memory of the college teacher who was decapitated outside the school near Paris at which he taught last Friday.

The country has been left in shock at the murder of 47 year old history and geography teacher Samuel Paty who was beheaded by an 18 year old radicalised Chechen refugee after he’d shown students cartoon images of the Prophet Muhammad as part of a class centred around freedom of speech.

Police shot the murderer dead shortly after the incident . He’s been named as Abdoullakh Anzorov who was born in Moscow to Chechen parents and who was granted a French residency permit as recently as March this year.

A number of rallies in support of the dead teacher and French values of freedom of expression have been staged in cities around the country including Paris ,Lyon and Bordeaux.

The French President Emmanuel Macron has said that the country is engaged in an “existential” battle against Islamist terrorism.

10 people are in police custody being questioned in connection with the murder.

 

Covid 19- Paris and several other large French cities have entered a curfew period of at least a month as authorities attempt to reduce spiraling coronavirus infection rates with hospital admission rates steadily rising.

People in affected areas are required to be off the streets between 9pm and 6am with fines of 130 euros for offenders.

Some exceptions have been made for people working at the affected times or traveling.

France has registered an extra 32,000 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours and the country has become a hot spot for the second wave of the virus.

Locally, new cases of her virus are continuing to increase but neither the Alpes-Maritimes or the Var are yet at the level where curfew measures will have to be introduced.

However ,the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes Bernard Gonzalez and the Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi have both warned that the region could quite easily be forced to introduce a curfew unless people act more responsibly and maintain good hygiene practices.

On a national level ,the French Health Minister Olivier Veran says that the country has a total of 5,800 hospital intensive care beds available with 1,900 of them currently occupied.

The virus has so far killed 33,392 people in France with 867,197 recorded infections.

 

Post-Brexit residency portal-The Brexit withdrawal agreement residency portal for British nationals living in France goes live today and people are being advised not to delay their application.

All British nationals living in France will have to apply