French and Riviera News Tuesday 23rd November 2021

News

Police launch appeal for witnesses after pedestrian is hit and killed on the A8 motorway - Police have called for witnesses to come forward, after a pedestrian was killed on the A8 motorway. The incident occurred on Sunday morning at around 6.50am near Saint-Laurent du Var. The 22-year-old victim was hit by a motorist travelling eastbound and was taken to hospital by the emergency services. He later died as a result of his injuries. Anyone who may have any information can contact the police on 04.92.19.42.20.

Mayor of Nice launches booster dose campaign – During a press conference on Monday, November 22, the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has pleaded for the generalization of a 3rd dose of the covid vaccine to all French people over 12 years of age. He also detailed his city's plan to deal with the 5th wave of covid as the situation deteriorates.

The incidence rate in the Alpes-Maritimes stands at 217, it was 60 at the beginning of November. The mayor announced that he does not want to wait any longer and wants to "open the vaccine booster to all". To do this, he announced that residents who have received their second dose at least 6 months ago, will be able to: carry out their 3rd dose in the vaccination centres without an age limit from December 1st, from 5 pm to 6 pm within the limit of the remaining doses available. In addition to mobile vaccination teams, three vaccination centres have been set at the Théâtre de Verdure, the Hancy Centre and a new one located in the centre of the port, 22 quai Lunel.

A special site is also open to make an appointment vaccincovid19.nice.fr. along with the covid telephone platform for the region on 04 97 13 56 00. The mayor of Nice also boasted of the good vaccination figures in the Alpes-Maritimes department, putting forward the figure of 94.9% of over 12 years of age who have completed their vaccination cycle.

Prime Minister tests positive for covid upon return from Belgium – Meanwhile France's Prime Minister Jean Castex has tested positive for covid. The 56-year-old head of government, who received two doses of the vaccine in the spring, had never tested positive before. The government made the announcement on Monday evening adding that he will "continue to carry out his duties while self-isolating". Castex tested positive upon his return from a visit to Belgium where he met with his counterpart Alexander De Croo. He was accompanied by the minister of the armed forces Florence Parly, the minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin, justice minister Eric Dupond-Moretti and the Secretary of state for Europe Clément Beaune.

Scientific Council recommends an increase in teleworking - Faced with the deterioration of the health situation in France the Scientific Council has recommended an increase of teleworking, as well as barrier gestures and the limitation of gatherings. The Scientific Council stresses that the impact of this wave on "the healthcare system will be marked again from December for a period whose duration is difficult to predict". To anticipate and slow down its progress, the Council makes several recommendations including "the reintroduction of wearing a mask in certain places", as well as the "limitation of gatherings" ensuring the application of the health pass, "especially in enclosed places" and a broadening of employees working from home.

Green delivery hub opens in Nice - The first ever "green delivery hub" has been inaugurated in Nice on boulevard Gambetta. The relay point is set to revolutionise deliveries and reduce the environmental impact. Present at the inauguration the mayor of Nice claimed that the brand-new hub from the group Transcan "is the first of its kind, but not the last". Customers can pick up or drop off packages with all deliveries being made thanks to a carbon-free fleet composed of cargo bikes and electric vans.

Guinness Book of Records - The Cannes Underwater Museum has entered the famous Guinness Book of Records. Sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor is mentioned for his works immersed in the waters of the islands of Lerins situated opposite Cannes in the edition to be published in 2022. The famous record guide was created in 1955.

Fishing licenses - Paris has asked the European Union to be "more active" in the dispute with London over the fishing licenses. France asked the European Commission on Monday November 22nd, to be more "active" in the settlement of the post-Brexit dispute between Paris and London over fisheries. France's secretary of State for Europe Clément Beaune, said "This is a problem of the EU and should be treated as a problem of the EU". France is demanding more fishing licences in London and the Channel Island of Jersey as part of the post-Brexit deal. It had announced sanctions from 1st November before suspending them pending the outcome of further talks.

Domestic violence increased by 10% in 2020, according to the Ministry of the Interior - About 87 percent of victims of domestic violence are women, according to the ministry's figures. The police and gendarmerie services recorded a 10% increase in domestic violence in 2020. These involved 159,400 people of all sexes. About 87% of victims of domestic violence are women, or 139,200. According to the study, 125 people were also killed by their partners in 2020 compared to 173 in 2019, or 48 fewer victims. The victims are overwhelmingly women, they were 102 in 2020 and 146 in 2019.

If you are a victim of violence, or if you are worried about a member of your entourage, there is an anonymous listening service, 3919, reachable free of charge 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Other information is also available on the government's website, where it is also possible to file a report.

Business

Jerome Powell has been nominated for a second term as chair of the US Federal Reserve by President Joe Biden. Mr Powell is set to stay in the role, which includes managing inflation and regulating the financial system, for a further four years. He was initially appointed by former President Donald Trump and started his first term in 2018. The 68-year-old Republican has been praised for his management of the economy during the pandemic.

In order to boost the electric mobility market, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday November 22nd, the introduction of the obligation to install a charging point for electric vehicles in all new constructions, starting in 2022. The government hopes that 145,000 new charging points will be created each year thanks to this new regulation, while the United Kingdom has set a 2030 ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles in the country.

Uber, announced on Monday the investment in a new sector by announcing to offer Canadians living in Ontario the opportunity to order cannabis products, a first for the company. In addition to the food or beverages that can be ordered on the Uber Eats app, customers in will now be able to purchase marijuana. They will then have to pick up their order at the stores of Tokyo Smoke, a legal cannabis dealer with 50 stores in Ontario.

The president of the Regional Fisheries Committee of Hauts-de-France has announced that French fishermen are preparing an action for the coming days to protest against the blockage on the issue of post-Brexit fishing licenses, the action "at the national level and coordinated by the national fisheries committee", is not yet defined but should "target export" to the United Kingdom, explained Olivier Leprêtre in a press conference. Eleven months after Brexit, around 150 French boats are still waiting for permits. Under the Brexit agreement signed at the end of 2020 between London and Brussels, European fishermen can continue to work in British waters provided they can prove that they fished there before. But the French and British are arguing over the nature and extent of the evidence to be provided.

Sport

Football - England manager Gareth Southgate has signed a new contract to keep him in the role until December 2024. Southgate has been manager of the national side since November 2016. He led England to the final of Euro 2020, their best men's performance in 55 years - in July.

Cricket - Thirty-six people have contacted Yorkshire's independent whistle-blower hotline in its first week of operation. The hotline was set up in the wake of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal to allow any other victims of discrimination at the club to come forward.

Cycling - Mark Cavendish said he had been "overwhelmed" by messages of support after suffering two broken ribs and a collapsed lung in a crash at the Six Days of Ghent on Sunday. After initial treatment, Cavendish was taken to hospital on a stretcher.

Tennis - Players on the ATP Tour will be limited to bathroom breaks of no more than three minutes from the start of next season. The clock will start when a player reaches the bathroom, with time violations enforced if individuals take too long. Players will be allowed one bathroom break per match, which can only be taken at the end of a set. An additional two-minute break will be allowed to change clothing.

Weather

Cloudy, improving during the day with sunny intervals by this afternoon. Highs of 13 this morning and 17 degrees by this afternoon in Nice, Cannes, Antibes and Frejus with a moderate south-westerly wind. This evening going down to 11 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for tomorrow and Thursday. Mainly fine on Wednesday with highs of 16 degrees. Rain is forecast for Thursday and a cool 10-13 degrees.

 

 

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