French and Riviera News Thursday 2nd December 2021

News 

Covid incidence rate increasing but not as high as the summer - The covid incidence rate is clearly increasing in all the departments of the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region but is still far from figures reached in mid-August. In just one week it has indeed doubled in the Bouches-du-Rhône, reaching nearly 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the latest Regional Health Agency figures. This is higher than the Alpes de Haute Provence which stands at 419 and the Alpes Maritimes at 379.

Covid testing and travelling - Meanwhile French government spokesperson Gabriel Attal has said that a negative Covid-19 test of less than 48 hours will be required for all travellers arriving in France from outside the European Union, irrespective of their vaccination status. As regards to travellers arriving from other EU countries, he said people who have not been vaccinated must produce a negative test of less than 24 hours. Attal added that thirteen suspected cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in France, which are in the process of being investigated.

France extends suspension of flights from seven southern African countries - France's Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune has announced the extension on the suspension of flights from seven southern African countries until Saturday 5th December.

Local MP defends increase from 12 to 14 weeks for an abortion - France's National Assembly has voted a second time to extend the time limit for an abortion from 12 to 14 weeks. Passed by 79 votes in favour, 36 against and eight abstentions on Tuesday 30th November, it must now proceed to the Senate. In 2019, 217,291 abortions (voluntary termination of pregnancy) were performed in France. Speaking in favour of the bill elected representative Cécile Muschotti, MP for the Var, defended the move by saying that "Should France extend the legal period to 14 weeks, "it will be within the European average". 14 weeks is the same as in Spain. Some countries go further with 18 weeks for Sweden, 22 for the Netherlands and 24 for the United Kingdom.

Commemorative plaque for World AIDS day - A commemorative plaque has been inaugurated for World AIDS day on Wednesday December 1st, in Nice. The inauguration took place at the Sosno Garden in the presence of the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi and former French Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe. The Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region is the second region in France most affected by AIDS, after the île-de-France. Between them,