French and Riviera News Thursday 7th October 2021

News 

Gastroenteritis - The Alpes-Maritimes is currently experiencing an epidemic of gastroenteritis. Doctors have warned that due to people forgetting barrier gestures it is making a comeback in the Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur region. There are currently 300 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the Alpes-Maritimes making it one of the most affected departments in France. The first symptoms are severe diarrhea and vomiting.

Court rejects request to lift obligation to wear mask outdoors in the Alpes Maritimes - Meanwhile the Nice Administrative Court has rejected a request to cancel the obligation to wear a mask outdoors in the Alpes Maritimes, which accused the measure of being “illegal to fundamental freedoms”. The court on the contrary considered the measure “necessary and appropriate in the objective of safeguarding public health”. The measure remains in place at least until October 18th. The judge stated that the decision made by the prefect was due to the fact that the incidence rate stands at 89 per 100,000 inhabitants while the alert threshold is set at 50 per 100,000.

Police to carry out full scale exercise “anti- terror attack” in Cannes today - A full-scale "anti-terror attack" exercise will take place today Thursday, October 7, in the Laubeuf car park in Cannes. As part of a police exercise in the fight against terror attacks, 400 law enforcement and security officers will take part in life-size training. The pier sector for the Lérins Islands and its surroundings will be cordoned off.

This exercise, co-organized by the prefecture and the City of Cannes, will bring together the national and municipal police of Cannes, the gendarmerie, the RAID, the firefighters, the SAMU as well as emergency service staff. The public is urged to avoid the area so as not to interfere with the operation. Traffic diversions will be put in place.

- From 6 to 12 noon, traffic will be prohibited on Boulevard Jean-Hibert and Quai Saint-Pierre.

- Diversions will be put in place on rue Georges-Clemenceau to travel from east to west for the duration of the exercise.

- From 6 to 12 noon, vehicle parking will be prohibited on the entire section between rue Jean-Dolfus and n° 2 of Quai Saint-Pierre. Any vehicle found in violation may be driven to the inter-municipal pound at the expense, risk and peril of its owner.

- The beach in front of the Radisson Blu will be closed.

Throughout the exercise, residents of the area will be able to hear detonations and witness unusual movements such as large groups of law enforcement agencies. They are told to not call the police and it is forbidden to take photos or make videos of the exercise.

Mayor of Nice stands by decision to transform the TNN and Acropolis area of Nice - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi is standing by his decision to remove both the Theatre National de Nice (TNN) and the convention centre the Acropolis in order to extend the green space of the la Coulee Verte and the Promenade du Paillon. Speaking on Wednesday, Estrosi said that culture activities and conferences would continue during the transformation at different sites in the city.  

National News

Treatment for aggressive forms of breast cancer - France has authorized the use of an antibody treatment Trodelvy to treat aggressive forms of breast cancer. From November 1st the treatment made by an American laboratory will be authorized in France.

Bill to ban conversion therapies for gay people - French MPs in the National Assembly have unanimously approved a bill proposed to ban conversion therapies for gay people, a practice that has existed in France since at least the 1990s. The law is now to be approved by the Senate. The much-awaited bill, which victims say is needed at the very least as symbolic recognition of their trauma, includes punishment for those who continue to carry out the dangerous therapies.

Cyber harassment - A recent poll in France carried out by Audirep for the Caisse d’Epargne and e-Enfance association has revealed that 20 percent of young people aged between 8 and 18 have been a victim of cyber harassment - 51 percent of them are young girls. The poll has been published as France’s education minister recently urged teachers to be vigilant as the new school year gets under way.

Business

"Economically illiterate" is how business leaders and think tanks have described Boris Johnson's party conference speech. The prime minister's speech to the Conservative Party Conference on Wednesday came as many businesses are struggling with supply chain issues and a lack of workers.

Meanwhile in the UK the maker of Quality Street and Lion bars has said it is experiencing some supply chain problems ahead of the Christmas period. A number of sectors have had problems with their supply chains due to a chronic HGV driver shortage. Factors including global bottlenecks with shipping have also played a part.

The American giant General Motors is trying to convince investors that valued at $78 billion on the stock market, the company can be considered a company of the future just like Tesla, valued ten times more on Wall Street. General Motors unveiled an ambitious goal on Wednesday: to double its annual turnover by 2030 not only by selling many more electric vehicles but also by offering new services and software, including an advanced driver assistance system.

The boss of Intel says the US chipmaker is no longer considering building a factory in the UK because of Brexit. Intel wants to boost its output amid a global chip shortage that has hit the supply of cars and other goods.

In France Insee has forecast a falling unemployment rate to 7.6% in the third quarter compared to 8% in the second quarter.

Sport 

Formula One – Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz will start this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix from the back of the grid as a result of an engine-related penalty. His car will be fitted with a new power-unit - taking him over his permitted number of engines for the year. The same happened to team-mate Charles Leclerc at the last race in Russia.

Boxing - After a furious row erupted between the heavyweight rivals at the final press conference, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have been denied a pre-fight face-off. Fury and Wilder became embroiled in a heated dispute, just days before their third WBC title fight, and the feuding duo were prevented from going head-to-head in front of the cameras.

Football - The Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle United could be back on after the Saudi state resolved its issues with beIN Sports over illegal streaming of Premier League football. The deal that would see an end to Mike Ashley's 14-year ownership of the club still needs Premier League approval, but significant progress has been made according to reports.

Tennis - Britain's Heather Watson lost 6-7 7-5 6-1 against Sloane Stephens of the United States in the first round of the Indian Wells Masters. Watson, 29, took an early lead with a first-set tie-break and held her own in the second before Stephen took command.

Cricket - England have held positive talks with Cricket Australia (CA) as they seek to move a step closer to confirming the Ashes can go ahead as planned. Discussions between CA, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the Professional Cricketers' Association and players took place on Tuesday. The ECB will meet on Friday to decide whether or not the series, due to begin on 8 December, will take place.

Weather 

Clear skies with highs of 22 degrees in Monaco, Nice, Cannes and Antibes with a gentle breeze. This evening going down to 13 degrees along the coast and 11 degrees inland with clear skies.

Outlook for Friday and the weekend - Remaining fine at least until Sunday with highs of 23-24 degrees.

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