French and Riviera News Thursday 30th September 2021

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Health pass - From today Thursday, September 30th, teenagers aged at least 12 years and two months must have a health pass in France. The QR code will be required to access places and events where it is already required for adults. It is not however required to go to school. Since June 5th, more than three million adolescents have already been vaccinated. 71% of them received at least one dose and 63% both injections.

Meanwhile French government spokesperson Gabriel Attal has said that the government wishes to keep the possibility of using the health pass beyond its current end date of November 15th. Speaking after a Council of Ministers meeting on Wednesday, Attal said that a parliamentary bill will be proposed with the aim of maintaining the possibility of using the health pass "for several more months until the summer". Gabrial Attal also confirmed that a new health protocol for schools will be tested in ten departments.

14-year-old dies in hospital after fire in apartment - The 14-year-old girl found by firefighters after a fire broke out in an apartment in Marseille on Monday morning has since died in hospital. The teenager was in a critical condition and was urgently rushed to hospital. The cause of the fire is believed to have been due to an electrical fault. The blaze completely destroyed the 150m² apartment.

Speed camera on Promenade - Nice city council is to install a new speed camera on the Promenade des Anglais due to the number of fatal accidents caused by excessive speed. The most recent was in the early hours of Wednesday morning when a pedestrian in his thirties was hit by a car around circumstances that are still to be determine. Over the past twelve months, this is the third fatal accident on the Promenade.

Villars-sur-Var recognised as state of natural disaster - The town of Villars-sur-Var in the Alpes-Maritimes has been recognised as a beneficiary of a state of natural disaster for the floods and mudslides of July 26. The interministerial decree was published in the official journal on September 28.  The victims have 10 days from publication of the decree to submit an estimated statement of their losses with their insurance companies in order to benefit from the compensation scheme.

Antibes hospital steps up security - Management at the Antibes Hospital have taken measures to strengthen security following a bout of uncivil behaviour towards caregivers, which has dramatically increased since this summer. In just one month six reports and four complaints have been filed for verbal and physical violence.

Finance Minister to visit the region today - France’s Finance minister Bruno Le Maire is to visit the Alpes Maritimes today Thursday 30th September. The minister is to participate in a round table in Saint-Laurent-du-Var with local businesses, to discuss the economic recovery followed by a speech to be given at the Transition Forum in Nice, on the theme of ecological transition.

France takes steps to close six mosques - France has taken steps to close six mosques and disband a number of associations suspected of promoting radical Islamist propaganda. Speaking to Le Figaro France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said that a third of the 89 places of worship "suspected of being radical" had been investigated since November 2020. The six to be shut down are spread over five departments across France.

Algeria summons French ambassador - The Algerian foreign ministry has summoned the French ambassador to Algeria to protest against Paris' decision to reduce the number of visas granted to Algerian nationals. Paris announced on Tuesday the reduction in the number of visas granted to nationals of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia due to the "refusal" of these countries to issue the consular passes necessary for the return of immigrants from France. 

Business

France’s Minister of the Sea, Annick Girardin, has denounced the "bad will" of the British, whom she accuses of not respecting the Brexit agreement in the area of ​​fisheries, calling on Wednesday for European countries to oppose a united front against the United Kingdom to demand "retaliatory measures" in accordance with the post-Brexit agreement, after the latest British decisions on licenses fishing.

After a two hour meeting with representatives of French fishermen Girardin said "I am counting on other European countries to ask for the same as France, because what France is going through today, others will also experience it" before adding that "this unwillingness on the part of the British, it will not express itself only on this issue”.  The post-Brexit agreement, reached at the end of last year between London and Brussels, provides that European fishermen can continue to work in certain British waters on condition that they obtain a license, granted if they can prove that they fished there before. But the French and the British argue over the nature and extent of the supporting documents to be provided.

Researchers have claimed that large unauthorised contactless payments can be made on locked iPhones by exploiting how an Apple Pay feature designed to help commuters pay quickly at ticket barriers works with Visa. In a video the researchers demonstrated making a contactless Visa payment of £1,000 from a locked iPhone. Apple said the matter was "a concern with a Visa system". Visa said payments were secure and attacks of this type were impractical outside of a lab. The problem, researchers say, applies to Visa cards set up in 'Express Transit' mode in an iPhone's wallet.

The Collectivité de Corse has been ordered to pay 86.3 million to Corsica Ferries in compensation for damage related to the "illegal subsidy" of its competitor, the former SNCM between 2007 and 2013. France’s highest administrative court the Council of State announced the decision on Wednesday. The two companies had provided sea service between the port of Marseille and Corsica between July 2007 and December 2013. The company with yellow ships, a leader in passenger transport between Corsica and the mainland, considered itself a victim of damage and said it was experiencing irregular competition during peak periods, with SNCM receiving so-called "complementary service" aid for the operation of two of its vessels during peak periods.

JouéClub has announced its intention to recruit 1,000 seasonal workers to strengthen its teams during the Christmas period. The toy shop says that during this busy period the brand see ten times more customers than usual. The group confirmed on Wednesday that to guarantee the right level of service in stores and on the e-commerce platform, seasonal workers will be recruited to strengthen the permanent teams.

The United Airlines company, which asked all its employees in the United States in early August to be vaccinated against Covid-19, has announced that it was preparing to lay off 593 people who did not provide proof of vaccination. Of the approximately 67,000 employees of the company, less than 3%, or about 2,000, requested a medical or religious exemption. Employees who refuse to be vaccinated for religious reasons will not be dismissed but will mostly be forced to take unpaid leave. Among the rest of the employees, over 99% chose to be vaccinated.

Sport 

Football - In an action-packed Champions League Group F contest Manchester United came from behind to beat Villarreal 2-1 as Cristiano Ronaldo scored an injury-time winner.

Tennis - British number one Dan Evans has beaten Kevin Anderson. Evans battled through a 77-minute opening set to beat the former world number five 7-6 (13-11) 7-5.

Boxing - One of the most scandalous results in Olympic boxing history, which saw British fighter Joe Joyce denied gold at Rio 2016, is likely to be overturned after sport’s top criminal investigator delivers a report today into whether the competition was rigged.

Formula One – Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he will 'never know exactly why' he has never raced for Ferrari as he conceded that it is 'everyone's dream'. Hamilton has spent his 14-year F1 career with two teams - McLaren and Mercedes - but came close to switching to Ferrari in 2019 after holding talks with their chairman. However, a move never happened, and Hamilton's immediate future is with Mercedes, having recently signed a new two-year deal with the team.

Weather 

Clear skies highs of 25 in Nice, Cannes and Antibes. 26 degrees in Marseille with a moderate breeze. This evening going down to 18 degrees along the coast and 14 degrees inland with clear skies.

Outlook for tomorrow - starting off fine, clouding over by late afternoon in Alpes Maritimes with a possibility scattered showers in the Var by early evening. Highs of 25-26 degrees. Saturday cloudy to start clearing by the afternoon with clear skies and highs of 23-25 degrees.

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