French and Riviera News Thursday 27th October 2022


Laboratories to no longer transmit covid test results - From today October 27th laboratories in France will no longer transmit Covid test results. The monitoring of the covid epidemic is over, at least for the time being. In a statement biologists announced on Wednesday that they would cease transmitting the results of Covid-19 tests on the SI-DEP platform (Covid-19 screening information system). The reason is that their prices need to be revised downwards within the framework of the Social Security financing bill. A saving that the French government estimates at 250 million euros between now and 2026.

Epidemic of bronchiolitis in the PACA region - According to Public Health France, the Provence Alpes-Côte d'Azur region has entered the epidemic phase of bronchiolitis, which affects babies. While paediatric emergencies have been warning about the situations for several weeks, the epidemic is spreading in France, say health authorities. Common and highly contagious, bronchiolitis causes babies to cough and have difficult, rapid, wheezy breathing. Even if it is distressing for young parents, it is most of the time benign. In some cases, it may require a visit to A&E or even hospitalization. The epidemic has hit paediatric emergency services which are more widely plunged into a crisis linked to unsatisfactory working conditions and a lack of staff.

Doctolib to stop referencing wellness practitioners – Meanwhile, Doctolib, the platform for medical appointments in France, has announced plans to "refocus" on health and close its door to "wellness practitioners". The move comes two months after the controversy over naturopaths being referenced by Doctolib. Consequently, 5,700 well-being practitioners will no longer be able to use the service and have been notified of the termination of their contracts, with a period of "six months to find another solution".

French President televised address - In a televised address on Wednesday evening French President Emmanuel Macron spoke of the pension reform, which should be introduced to the National Assembly next January, inflation which is at its highest since 1987, the ongoing problem in finding a doctor in France saying that he wishes to encourage retired doctors to combine employment and a full pension. The Head of State also reminded us that there will be a 15% increase in electricity and gas prices from January 2023, due to the capping of prices by the French State, adding that there would be a similar measure for companies. Finally, following that Lola affair, in which the alleged murderer is a woman in an irregular situation on French territory and accusations of the right and the far right on immigration and insecurity Macron concluded "I will never make an existential link between immigration and insecurity”.

Transformation of Le Provençal Hotel in Juan-les-Pin on time - The promoter of the long-awaited project of the transformation of the former “Provençal Hotel” into luxury apartments in Juan-les-Pins, says the delivery will be in 2024. The Caudwell group remains optimistic about its delivery date. Currently, more than 180 workers are on site and 60% of suppliers are from the French Riviera and the Var. The rehabilitation of this building in the heart of the Pinède Gould district, a remarkable heritage site, is eagerly awaited by the people of Juan as it’s been several decades that the site was abandoned.

Promenade Aznavour - An alley of the Croisette in Cannes has been renamed Promenade Aznavour. The ceremony in hour of the late singer and actor took place on Wednesday afternoon in the presence of his son. Charles Aznavour died at the age of 94 back in 2018.

La Grande Braderie of Saint-Tropez - The Grande Braderie of Saint-Tropez kicks off tomorrow Friday 28th October for three days of compulsive shopping. In total, more than 200 stores are taking part this year as shop owners say “elegance” is the key word to this year’s edition of the Grande Braderie.

Radio remains most trusted medium in Europe - New research has found that radio remains the most trusted medium in Europe, having come out top for the 12th year in a row in the annual Eurobarometer survey from the European Commission. The survey found that radio was trusted by 56% of the population on average, compared to 49% for both TV and press.

Citizens in 26 out of 37 European countries trust radio the most, with the Netherlands and Albania joining the ranks this time. By contrast, the internet and social media are trusted the least across most of Europe, with less than one quarter of EU citizens trusting social media (20%) and 35% trusting the internet. “Radio is a platform which can be relied on for companionship, entertainment, updates on what’s going on in the world and also as a safe space for brands to place their ads.” Download the full report and EBU analysis is here.


Elon Musk has posted a video of himself walking into Twitter's headquarters carrying a sink, raising speculation about the fate of his planned takeover. The billionaire faces a Friday deadline to complete the $44bn (£38bn) purchase, which he announced months ago but then tried to abandon. He agreed to move forward earlier this month, just weeks before a court trial was due to start.

The Universal Resort theme park in Beijing has temporarily closed due to Covid-19 prevention measures. Cases have been rising in the city despite having some of the world's toughest anti-coronavirus restrictions. China's zero-Covid policy has seen cities and attractions locked down over relatively small numbers of infections.

Mercedes has become the latest Western company to pull out of Russia, following the invasion of Ukraine in February. The German-based firm stopped manufacturing in and exporting to the country in early March. But now it says it will withdraw from the Russian market and sell shares in its subsidiaries to a local investor. Meanwhile, Ford confirmed on Wednesday that it had finalised a deal to exit the Russian market as well.


Cycling - Cycling legend Brian Robinson, who was the first Briton to win a stage of the Tour de France, has died aged 91. Robinson, from Mirfield, West Yorkshire, won stages in 1958 and 1959, and was also the first British cyclist to finish the Tour in 1955.  He competed for Britain at the 1952 Olympics before turning professional, riding the Tour de France for the first time in 1955 when he finished 29th overall.

Football - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says qualifying for the Champions League knockout phase should "never be taken for granted" after his side sealed their spot in the last 16 with a 3-0-win last night.

Meanwhile, Tottenham will need at least a draw in Marseille in their final Champions’ League group game to secure a place in the knockout phase after being denied victory in a dramatic finale against Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday evening.

Rugby Union - Former England fly-half Danny Cipriani is set to make his return to rugby for the Barbarians against Northampton next month.

Tennis - British number two Dan Evans has reached the quarterfinals of the Vienna Open by beating Karen Khachanov in straight sets.

Golf - Phil Mickelson has said the LIV Golf series is a "force in the game that is not going away". The inaugural season concludes this weekend at the Trump National club near Miami, with a team championship featuring $50m (£43m) in prize money. Mickelson said LIV Golf had defied expectations and was here to stay.


Sunny with highs of 23 degrees in Nice and Antibes. 24 degrees in Cannes and Saint-Tropez. 27 degrees inland in the Alpes Maritimes in Puget-Theniers. 26 degrees in Bandol and 27 in Marseille. Light winds. This evening going down to 13 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for tomorrow and heading into the weekend, remaining fine and sunny with highs of 23-24 degrees.

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