French and Riviera News Tuesday 19th October 2021

News

Obligation to wear a mask extended in the Alpes Maritimes - The obligation to wear a mask has been extended until November 2nd in the Alpes-Maritimes. As the incidence rate is still above the alert threshold, the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes has decided to renew the measure for the region until November 2nd. According to data provided by Public Health France, as of October 18th, 2021, the incidence rate was 62 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and the positivity rate was 0.9%. After several consecutive weeks of decline, the incidence rate did not drop last week and remains, in the Alpes-Maritimes, above the alert threshold of 50 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Covid incidence rate on the rise in the Var region – Meanwhile the covid incidence rate in the Var has also gone up, nearly reaching the alert threshold. As schools in the region have been told students no longer need to wear a mask the latest figures have shown an incidence rate of 48.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The alert threshold for the incidence rate is set at 50 by the French government.

The figure is still far from the peak reached this summer. In August, at the height of the fourth wave, the incidence rate reached 549 in the Var. The most affected population category at the moment is that of 20-29-year olds with a rate of 78 cases per 100,000. In August young people from the Var were also the most affected with a peak in the incidence rate at 1775.

Mooring offenses off the Var and Alpes Maritimes coastline - The Maritimes prefecture has announced that there were more than 600 mooring offenses this summer off the Var and Alpes Maritimes coast. A ban on mooring on certain parts of the coast, for yachts over 24 meters, had been introduced in October of last year. Yet according to authorities more than 600 violations were noted and a dozen legal proceedings have been initiated by the maritime court from Marseille. Several illegal moorings have even been attributed to the same boat. The Marseille maritime court has taken action. Offenders theoretically face a fine of 150,000 euros and one year in prison.

Monaco - Monaco Minister of State Pierre Dartout and Interministerial Delegate responsible for Digital Transition Frédéric Genta have received French parliamentarians at the Ministry of State in Monaco on Monday. The Monegasque policies implemented in the digital area as well as the various infrastructure projects deployed in the Principality were presented at the meeting. The meeting took place as part of the Assises de la Sécurité, the annual meeting in Monaco for experts in cybersecurity. 

Rescue exercise - A rescue training excercise took place in an underground cave in the Sainte-Baume regional park over the weekend. 60 rescuers from several departments including the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var took turns to work on the simulated rescue in the Grotte de Castelette in the area between Aubagne and Saint-Maximin.

World Travel Awards - The Town Hall in Cannes is asking everyone to vote for the town in the World Travel Awards. There are twelve other finalists for what is considered the "Oscars of Tourism" including London, Durban, Singapore and Sydney. You can find out how to vote for Cannes by going to the municipality's website www.cannes.com

A8 motorway - Maintenance work is being carried out on several junctions of the A8 motorway until Friday this week. The junctions concerned are Mandelieu Est (No.41), Mougins (No.42), Cagnes-sur-Mer (No.48), Nice Est (No.55) and Menton (No.59) as well as the Carros interchange. In order to limit traffic disruption, operations are taking place at night, between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. until this Friday 22 October.

Survey shows that 49% of French people exceed their overdraft limit at least once a year - According to a recent survey carried out by Poll & Roll for Panorabanques, 49% of French people exceed their overdraft limit at least once a year. The primary concern of the French a few months ahead of the presidential election is purchasing power. The survey published today Tuesday 19th October shows that more than a third of those questioned (36%) believe that they have low purchasing power, especially those who live alone (43%) and those who have a lower income. at 1,500 euros (61%).

Business

Top US lawmakers have said that executives at Amazon, including founder Jeff Bezos, may have misled or lied to Congress about the firm's business practices. The members of the House Judiciary Committee said they were considering referring the firm "for criminal investigation". It follows an investigatio by Reuters that claimed Amazon copied products and rigged its search results in India to boost sales of its own brands. Amazon strongly denies the allegations.

Tesco is opening its first checkout-free store in central London later on Tuesday. The UK's biggest retailer said its branch in High Holborn had been converted to allow customers to shop and pay without scanning a product or using a checkout. The new format, known as GetGo, follows similar stores opened by Amazon. Customers with the Tesco.com app will be able to pick up the groceries they need and walk straight out again. Tesco said "a combination of cameras and weight sensors" would establish what customers had picked up and charge them for products directly through the app when they left the shop.

Sport

Football - Patrick Vieira said Arsenal's late equaliser was "really tough" to take as his Crystal Palace side were held to a draw in a thriller at Emirates Stadium.

Cricket - All-rounder Liam Livingstone suffered a finger injury as England were beaten by India in their opening warm-up game before the T20 World Cup. Livingstone left the field after dropping Ishan Kishan on the mid-wicket boundary in the 16th over of India's pursuit of 189 in Dubai.

Tennis - Cameron Norrie only turned professional four years ago, but can now call himself the British number one, a member of the world's top 16 and a Masters Series champion.

Weather

Mainly fine highs of 21-22 degrees in Nice, Cannes and Antibes this evening going down to 11 degrees with clear skies.

Outlook for Wednesday and Thursday - Remaining fine highs of 22-23 degrees.

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