French and Riviera News Tuesday 26th October 2021

News

Covid cases in France - According to figures published by Public Health France on Monday October 25th, the number of daily covid cases has risen for the third consecutive day above 5,000. Figures show that since October 20th the number of cases has started to rise yet the number of people being hospitalised has remained almost stable since mid-October. On Monday the number of patients hospitalised stood at 6,405 and the number people in critical care stood at 1,023 which is among one of the lowest figures since the start of the pandemic. According to the Directorate General of Health, 49,856,632 people are completed vaccinated or 73.9% of the total population.

Covid study - Meanwhile a European study has found that covid can affect blood vessels in the human brain, raising more questions about the long-term consequences of the virus. Research by French, Spanish and German scientists has revealed that, in addition to attacking the lungs, the virus can also can kill certain brain cells.

Breakfast for students in Carros - More than 400 students in Carros are to benefit from one breakfast per week upon returning to school after the half term holiday. The project has been launched by the city in partnership with the National Education board and is due to begin on November 8th in six schools in Carros. 416 pupils will benefit from it for a total of 3,744 meals.

Third and final stage of work on the Croisette in Cannes -Cannes has launched the third and final stage of the restructuration of its underground network on the Croisette. No structural development has been carried out on this legendary sea front in Cannes since the 1960s. The work launched on Monday will be completed at the end of 2023.

Traffic disrupted between Antibes and Villeneuve Loubet - A motorcyclist has been slightly injured in a road accident. The accident occurred during rush hour on Monday morning on the coast road between Antibes and Villeneuve-Loubet when a two-wheeler collided with a car. Traffic was interrupted in both directions while emergency services intervened.

Baguette is expected to increase - The price of a baguette is expected to increase in French bakeries. While the National Confederation of French bakery and pastry say it “would be logical for there to be an increase” the additional increase comes when many households are suffering from the rise in energy prices.

Grande Braderie de Saint Tropez - The Grande Braderie de Saint Tropez takes place this weekend. For three days from 29th October until Sunday 31st the streets of Saint Tropez will become a large open-air store with plenty of great offers. 

 

Business

Despite bad press over leaked documents Facebook has posted better-than-expected earnings for the third quarter. The social media giant made $9bn (£6.5bn) of profit in the three months to September, up from $7.8bn last year. However, it was hit by a new privacy update to Apple's iOS 14 operating system, which made it harder for brands to target ads at specific users. It comes amid fresh claims of unethical behaviour made by a former employee.

Electric car maker company Tesla has surpassed a market value of $1 trillion making it the fifth such firm to reach the milestone. Shares in Tesla climbed 12.6% after it struck a deal to sell 100,000 vehicles to the car rental firm Hertz. Tesla has been the world's most valuable carmaker for some time, but brands like Ford and GM make more cars. Previously only Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Google-owner Alphabet have reached a $1tn valuation.

A recent study in France has looked at household and financial gains for teenagers. The study carried out by Pixpay found that 29% of parents are ready to give money to their teenager to carry our household chores with an average 6 euros 80 per task. Cleaning, cooking or even mowing the lawn represent nearly 8 out of 10 tasks for which a financial reward is given.

 

Sport

Football - Manchester United’s Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is facing criticism after the rather embarrassing 5-0 home defeat by Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.  Many fans believe the Norwegian should be sacked immediately after the worst home defeat to their biggest rivals, a result eclipsed only by a 7-1 defeat at Liverpool in 1895, when the club was still known as Newton Heath.

Former players have said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got to go and although Gary Neville has said he would not call for the dismissal of his former team-mate and friend, the former United skipper did not hold back in his condemnation of an awful performance.

Cricket - Ben Stokes has been added to the England squad after taking a break in July to rest his injured finger and prioritise his mental wellbeing. Stokes was given the all-clear by his consultant and the England and Wales Cricket Board following a second operation on a fractured finger.

Cycling - Tour de France winner and double Olympic champion Geraint Thomas has launched a charitable trust which aims to get more young people cycling. Over 10 years, the Geraint Thomas Charitable Trust hopes to make cycling more accessible to 5,000 children and young people aged seven to 18.

 

Weather

Mainly fine some cloudy patches this morning in Nice. Highs of 21 degrees in Menton, Cannes and Antibes. 22 degrees in Saint Tropez and the Var with light winds. This evening going down to 11 degrees with clear skies.

Outlook for Wednesday and Thursday remaining fine with highs of 21-22 degrees.

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