French and Riviera News Tuesday 30th November 2021


Changes in France from 1st December - As with the first of every month in France changes will be introduced from tomorrow Wednesday December 1st. The last month of 2021 will see; tougher rules introduced for unemployment benefits making it necessary to have worked six months instead of four in the last 24 to be able to claim.

Energy voucher to be distributed to 5.8 million households - In order to cope with rising energy prices, the 100-euro energy voucher will be distributed to 5.8 million households in France between 16th – 22nd December. Meanwhile the 38 million people who earn less than 2,000 euros a month will receive in December the tax-free inflation allowance, announced at the end of October by Prime Minister Jean Castex to cope with the soaring fuel prices. Amounting to 100 euros, it will be automatically paid at the end of December by employers to employees. Civil servants, job seekers and scholarship students will have to wait until January.

Health pass deactivated - On December 15th the covid health pass of those over 65 will be deactivated if you have not had the booster jab, seven months since your last injection. For adults over 18 years of age, the deadline for carrying out their booster dose is on 15 January in order to keep their health pass within seven months after the last dose.

President of PACA asks for free covid tests - President of the PACA region, Renaud Muselier has asked the government to provide free Covid-19 testing to those who are in the process of getting fully vaccinated. In a letter to health minister Olivier Veran, he asked that free daily testing be offered to people who have had their first injection and are awaiting their second. He drew attention in particular to seasonal workers in ski resorts who he said would not be able to afford such testing between their first and second dose.

Nice vaccination campaign - The city of Nice is increasing its vaccination campaign. Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi visited the Palais des Expositions which is almost ready to open to carry out booster doses. He said that as of this week, 4,000 people will be able to be vaccinated daily and as of next week the number will rise to 5,000 vaccinations per day. The mayor said that on Saturday morning, eligible residents of Nice received an SMS or an email informing them that they can get their booster and that priority is being given to those over 75 years of age.

Christian Estrosi has criticised anti-vaccination and anti-health pass protesters who he said had once again tried to approach his home and family on Saturday afternoon. The mayor s