French and Riviera News Thursday 6th January 2022

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Vaccine pass gets the green light from the National Assembly in France - After three turbulent days fuelled by controversial remarks from French President Emmanuel Macron, the National Assembly has this morning adopted the bill transforming the health pass into a vaccine pass.

Announced in mid-December by the Head of State in the face of the health crisis, the text was approved at 5:25 am this Thursday morning with 214 votes in favour, 93 against and twenty-seven abstained.

The bill must now be examined by the Senate early next week and is planned to be introduced by the government on January 15th but could be postponed by a few days. From this date it will be necessary for those over 12 years of age to be able to justify a vaccination status to access leisure activities, restaurants and bars, fairs or public transport. A negative test will no longer be enough, except to access health facilities and services. Among its amendment MP have changed the vaccination pass required for school trips and extracurricular activities which will now be from 16 years of age instead of 12.

Tense situation in the PACA region concerning covid according to French government spokesman - Government spokesman Gabriel Attal has evoked a "particularly tense situation" in the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region concerning the number of covid cases, with the latest incidence rate reaching a record 1,642 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. According to the latest figures provided by the Regional Health Agency, 1,554 covid patients are hospitalized in the PACA region and 516 patients have been admitted to intensive care units.

French government to ease restrictions on travel between France and UK from next week – Meanwhile Attal also said on Wednesday that the government is going to expand the list of "compelling reasons", "in particular professional" for travel between France and the UK. The government spokesman said that the restrictions between the two countries could also be eased further next week, saying that the Omicron variant is now affecting both countries in a similar way.

Compulsory vaccination for all over 50s in Italy – And the Italian government has decided to introduce compulsory vaccination for all people over the age of 50. Faced with a rise in covid cases the government decided on Wednesday January 5th, to introduce the vaccination obligation for all people over the age of 50.  Italy has 59 million inhabitants, including 28 million over the age of 50, according to the National Institute of