French and Riviera News Thursday 16th December 2021

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Strike action to affect train passengers - 40,000 train passengers are to be reimbursed their tickets following cancellations due to strike action from tomorrow Friday 17th December. Due to failed negotiations between the management of the SNCF and unions one TGV out of two will be running on the South-East rail network on Friday December 17th, which marks the beginning of the Christmas holidays. It is not yet known how the strike action will affect Saturday and Sunday.

Strike action today from municipal police in Paris – Meanwhile several police unions are calling for strike action amongst officers of the municipal police of Paris today Thursday 16th December. The action comes as unions demand a reorganization of their working hours on a voluntary basis.

Health defense council meeting to be held tomorrow afternoon - French government spokesman Gabriel Attal has said that new measures concerning the health situation in France are expected to be announced by the end of this week, as the government holds an exceptional health defense council meeting on Friday afternoon. It's thought that the government will advise on precautions to be taken during the Christmas holidays to reduce the spread of the new Covid variant and the intention to make PCR tests mandatory for all travellers entering France from the UK. To date in France, 2,792 patients are in intensive care with Covid, a number which according to Attal will, in the coming days, reach 3,000 and can expect to hit 4,000 by Christmas.

Janssen vaccine approved for use as a booster jab – Meanwhile the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has said that the Janssen vaccine, from Johnson & Johnson, can be used for booster doses at least two months after the first dose in over 18-year-olds. The EMA Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has also concluded that a booster dose with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be given after two doses of any of the RNA messenger vaccines authorized in the EU, such as Pfizer or Moderna.

According to the European health authorities the administration of a booster dose of a vaccine against covid different from that received during the first injections in some cases, elicits a stronger immune response.

First case of Omicron detected in the Var - A first case of the Omicron covid variant has been detected in the Var region. The patient has since been placed in isolation. According to the European Commission the new variant could become dominant among covid infections in Europe by mid-January.

63 new cases of covid in Monaco