French and Riviera News Thursday 23rd June 2022

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French President Emmanuel Macron speaks about parliamentary crisis - French president Emmanuel Macron has spoken for the first time about the parliamentary crisis following the election results. In a televised address on Wednesday evening Macron suggested that opposition groups are willing to work with him but admitted that he cannot 'ignore the political gridlock and divisions in France”.

His address came three days after losing his majority in the National Assembly when his coalition “Ensemble” was 44 seats under the necessary 289 for a majority. The Head of State went on to say that “unfortunately not everyone went out to vote and that the fractures in France’s inner city and rural areas are very clear” he added that “France has 577 seats in its parliament and must now make a choice about how we are going to form a majority”. He went on to say that opposition party leaders were open to “advancing on major topics” such as cost of living, the creation of jobs, energy, climate change and public health, but he ruled out any attempt to create a 'government of national unity'.

The President also talked of his 'ambitious project' for France which he said would seek to strengthen the country’s industry, agriculture and security, but insisted this would not be financed by higher taxes or national debt. Rather, he declared that he would consolidate the nation's wealth by creating more jobs and fostering innovation.

Macron concluded his speech by telling the nation: 'I have faith because we've overcome so many crises and difficulties together in recent years, and it is together that we will find the path to a collective success. 'Thank you - long live the Republic, long live France.' 

Sharp increase in covid contaminations in the Alpes Maritimes - Latest figures from the Regional Health Agency have shown that there has been a sharp increase in covid contaminations in the Alpes Maritimes. At a regional level the positivity rate rose in the space of seven days from 14.2% to 18.9%. Admittedly, this rate remains below the national average (+24%) and at the same time there is more testing. The screening rate is up 21%. The incidence rate is higher than the national average in the Alpes-Maritimes at 478 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, far ahead of Bouches-du-Rhône which stands at 422 and Var at 386. The rate is also higher than the national average, at 475 cases.

Comedian cancels show in Nice after testing positive for covid - Meanwhile French comedian Florence Foresti has cancelled her performances schedul