French and Riviera News Tuesday 12th October 2021

News 

Obligation to wear a mask lifted in Monaco - From today Tuesday 12th October it is no longer compulsory to wear a mask in the Principality. Monaco announced an end to the obligation in view of the changing health situation, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco decided on Monday October 12th, to lighten the health measures with regard to wearing masks in the Principality. He also announced the opening of the 3rd dose of a covid vaccine for the over 65s.

For several weeks, the health situation has improved in the Principality compared to the peak recorded in July, the incidence rate has been divided by more than five. In terms of hospital activity, the figures have been improving for several weeks.

Lifted in the Var under certain conditions - Meanwhile the obligation to wear a mask has also been lifted in the Var from today Tuesday, October 12, but under certain conditions. According to the prefecture of Var, the obligation to wear a mask in places receiving the public subject to the health pass is lifted from today October 12, 2021, unless the managers of these places require it. If for example, you go to the cinema, with a valid health pass, you will no longer have to wear the mask.

Wearing a mask, however, remains compulsory, for all people over 11 years old in public transport, during gatherings such as outdoor food markets.

Covid vaccines - According to a recent French study, the covid vaccines are 90% effective against severe forms of the illness. The study compared data from 11 million vaccinated people over the age of 50 with data from 11 million unvaccinated people in the same age group over a seven-month period. According to a study published on Monday, October 11, vaccination reduces the risk of hospitalization and death by 90% in people over 50. This is true for the vaccines from Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna and AstraZeneca. The fourth authorized in France, that of Janssen, was authorized later and used in smaller proportions, and is therefore not included in the study.

Arrests made in the Var in connection with a drug trafficking ring - Five people have been arrested, including a footballer from FC Hyères after a drug trafficking ring was dismantled in La Seyne-sur-Mer, in the Var. As part of an investigation that began at the end of 2020 five people were arrested in Toulon and La Seyne-sur-Mer suspected of being involved in drug trafficking where nearly 4 kg of cocaine were seized. During a search of the home of one of the suspects, investigators discovered 5kg of cannabis resin, 200g of cocaine, two handguns and 52,000 euros in cash. They also seized 3.8 kg of cocaine - estimated at 280,000 for resale.

Catholic Church - Three French figures have launched an appeal for all of France’s bishops to resign in the wake of a report last week which found 'systemic' child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. It follows a damning report published last week by the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church (Ciase) which estimated that about 330,000 children in France have been sexually abused over the past seven decades within France’s Catholic Church.

Fishing rights - 11 countries, including France, have signed a joint declaration to "push the UK to respect the Brexit agreement". In the still disputed fishing areas, London and Jersey have granted just over 200 definitive licenses, while Paris is still asking for 244. Eleven countries, including France, on Monday 11 October signed a joint declaration criticizing British decisions on post-Brexit fishing licenses. In a press release French Minister of the sea said that "the response given by the United Kingdom to requests for a fishing license is incomplete and inappropriate". In addition to France, Germany, Belgium, Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden have signed this declaration, according to the press release.

Number of school children drops - As Parisians move out of the capital, latest figures have shown that the French capital has 6,000 fewer school children compared to last year. Due to the health situation, many families decided to leave Paris. The drop of students in public primary schools has seen 63 classes close. All districts of the capital are affected.

France 2030 - French President Emmanuel Macron is to present this morning “France 2030” detailing the priority sectors from hydrogen, semiconductors to even electric batteries. Macron will announce the government’s goal at 10am this morning with the intention of “bringing the champions of tomorrow” in the face of Chinese and American competition and criticism of the “decline” of France. Around 30 billion euros are expected to be on the table.

Business

The price of coal used in China's power plants has surged to a new record high as another of the country's key mining regions is hit by flooding. Thermal coal on the Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange rose as much as 8% on Tuesday. The floods further complicate China's efforts to increase fuel supplies to ease its deepening energy crisis.

A deal to avert another carbon dioxide crisis in the food and drink industry has been extended until early 2022. US firm CF Industries, a key CO2 producer in the UK, has agreed to continue supplies of the gas. It said that should give the government and firms time to find other sources of CO2, used in fizzy drinks and for keeping food fresh, as well as to stun pigs and chickens before slaughter. Firms will now have to pay more for their CO2, but it is unclear how much.

In the UK the Department for Business expects to get Prime Minister Boris Johnson's backing for a package to help energy-intensive industries as gas prices soar. On Monday, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng asked the Treasury to support firms hit by rising energy costs. The proposals could involve loans worth hundreds of millions of pounds. The Treasury is said to be still analysing the proposal, while Number 10 has declined to comment. Businesses have said they hope for a "swift response" from the Treasury.

Sport 

Football – Wales have scraped past Estonia 1-0 with an unconvincing win on Monday night to keep hopes of finishing second in their World Cup qualifying group in their own hands.

Formula One - Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has expressed his "surprise" at gains he says Mercedes have made with their engine performance. Under Formula 1's rules, the title rivals are not allowed to improve the power of their engines in-season. Horner said Mercedes' straight-line speed "has taken a significant step recently".

Tennis - Diego Schwartzman has beaten Britain's Dan Evans in the third round of the Indian Wells Masters in California. Evans, the 18th seed, then failed to win a game in the deciding set.

Weather 

Fine with highs of 21 degrees in Cannes, Antibes and Nice. 22 degrees in Saint Tropez and Toulon. This evening going down to 14 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and 10 degrees in the Var with clear skies.

Outlook for Wednesday and Thursday - Remaining mainly fine with some cloudy patches tomorrow morning. Clearing by the afternoon highs of 21-22 degrees.

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