French and Riviera News Thursday 9th December 2021


Limit gatherings  - The president of the Scientific Council in France Jean-François Delfraissy has advised people in France to continue to "respect social distancing measures" and recommends "testing" ahead of family gatherings at Christmas. Delfraissy on Wednesday suggested people to "limit the number of guests around the dinner table and to pay particular attention to "those at risk" such as the elderly.

On Tuesday 7th December a record 687,000 booster injections were performed in one day in France. In total, 15 million French people should receive a booster dose by the beginning of January.

Favourable opinion of covid vaccine - According to a survey published by Ipsos on Wednesday, December 8th, and despite ongoing resistance to covid vaccines, 71% of the general public in France has a "favourable opinion" of the vaccine of which 18% say they have "complete confidence" in the covid vaccine.

No more dancing – Meanwhile, from tomorrow Friday 10th December until January 6th inclusive, night clubs will be closed in France following a decree published on Wednesday December 8th, as part of the fight against the spread of covid. In addition, the decree also adds that as part of the new anti-covid measures any "dancing will also be banned in bars and restaurants". The decision taken by the French government is based on a study from the Institut Pasteur published in November which concludes that nightclubs were "places at high risk of transmission due to poor ventilation". Nightclubs had reopened on July 9th in France after sixteen months of closure. Nightclub bosses will again be compensated for loss of business.

Body of last person missing found in the building which collapsed in the Var - The body of the last person missing in the building which collapsed in Sanary-sur-Mer in the Var has been recovered from the rubble on Wednesday afternoon. He is a 58-year-old disabled man, and son of the elderly woman found dead on Tuesday night. The collapse also claimed the life of a 30-year-old man who was found on Tuesday morning. The city council of Sanary-sur-Mer has cancelled all festive activities until the end of this week, as a mark of respect.

Record year of arrests at Italian border - 2021 has seen a record year of migrants being arrested at the Italian border with the Alpes Maritimes with 25,998 people arrested in the first ten months of 2021. 467 smugglers have been arrested in the last ten months compared to 333 in 2020 and 191 in 2019. Despite reinforc