French and Riviera News Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Local News

Shooting in Marseille - One person has been shot dead and two injured in Marseille. The shooting occurred on Tuesday evening shortly after 7:30 p.m. in the 14th arrondissement, in what looks like a new episode of a settlement of accounts amongst a drug trafficking network, a problem which has been plaguing the city for several weeks.

According to reports at least two men opened fire with handguns and shotguns on a group of individuals. A man in his twenties was killed. He was reportedly killed with a bullet in the head. Two other victims were seriously injured.

Shots fired in northern district of Cavaillon – Meanwhile on Tuesday, pupils in a primary school in Cavaillon in the Vaucluse were confined for safety reasons, due to a nearby shooting. The incident occurred in the northern district of the city. According to reports, shots were fired at around 11am, after which two or three individuals took refuge in a building. A large police force was deployed to the scene. This is the fifth time this year that the district has been the scene of a turf war between drug traffickers. No injuries were reported.

522 health workers take legal action against compulsory vaccination - Faced with compulsory covid vaccination 522 health workers from the Alpes Maritimes region have appealed against the obligation. Two appeals have been filed; the first requesting to suspend it and the second to cancel it. Since its introduction on September 15th hundreds of files have reportedly been submitted.

Nice at war with bedbugs - The city of Nice is at war with bedbugs, launching a plan in October to eradicate them. The PACA region is the second most affected region after the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. As part of the fight, experts in the field from the Nice University Hospital will be assigned to monitor potential outbreaks and fight against the spread. There is also a helpline number to answer any questions 0806.706.806.

Cannes Civique - The Cannes town hall is reminding residents about the Cannes Civique smartphone app which can be used to alert the municipality to a wide range of issues. These include holes in the roadway, litter, fly tipping, lack of cleanliness, defective lighting, and improper parking. The app can be used to take a photo of the problem which can then be sent to the municipality's service department.

World Teacher Prize - A teacher from Nice is amongst the finalists for the World Teachers' Prize. Gaëlle Assoune is a special needs teacher at a college in Nice. Selected from over 8,000 applications from around the world, Assoune is one of the finalists for this year’s World Teachers' Prize, "Global Teacher Prize" of the Varkey Foundation which recognises "exceptional teachers who have made a remarkable contribution to the profession and highlighted the crucial role of teachers in society".

Meanwhile a study published today by Afev has shown that a quarter of “priority education” college students in France say they don't like school. The study shows that academic demands are often sources of stress for “priority education” college students. Today Wednesday 22nd September marks “the combat against school failure” in France.

National News

Former head of state shows support for Emmanuel Macron over submarine crisis - Former head of state Nicolas Sarkozy has shown support to his successor on the submarine crisis. Sarkozy did not mince his words concerning the unexpected termination of the "contract of the century" by the Australians and the Americans giving his support to Emmanuel Macron's in this unprecedented diplomatic crisis which has shaken relations between France, Australia and America in recent days.

Meanwhile the UN General Assembly began on Tuesday against the backdrop of the submarine crisis. The surprise absence of French President Emmanuel Macron raised eyebrows and questions over how far the feud stands to erode old friendships and further divide Nato.

QR code of President leaked on social networks - Meanwhile the QR code from President Macron's health pass has been leaked on social networks. Reports say that the President's personal details including date of birth and vaccination details can be viewed on Snapchat and Twitter. The Elysee told French media that they believe the leak came about through the deliberate or negligent actions of health professionals.

European Environment Agency warns that most European countries exceed air pollution - The European Environment Agency has warned that most European countries exceed air pollution standards. The most frequent pollution beyond European standards concerns the ozone, with annual thresholds crossed in 24 European countries. Despite slight improvements, pollutants continue to poison European air often beyond limits, warned the European Environment Agency on Tuesday September 21st in its report based on final data for 2019 and preliminary data for 2020.

Business

A study conducted by Panorabanques has shown that on average, the French withdraw only 73 euros per month from a cash point, while the expenses paid with their card reached 543 euros. Since the start of the health crisis, the French are not using cash machines as often and 79% of French people use contactless payment.

US President Joe Biden has downplayed the chances of brokering a post-Brexit free trade deal with the UK, as he held talks with Boris Johnson at the White House. Downing Street said its priority was still getting a deal with the US alone.

According to the BBC, UK ministers are now considering joining an existing North American trade pact instead of pursuing a separate deal. The UK and US leaders also discussed Afghanistan, security and climate change during the 90-minute meeting.

Some 65 cargo ships have been forced to queue outside two of America's biggest ports, in the latest sign of supply chain disruption hitting the US. The ships are stuck outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, which handle 40% of all cargo containers entering the country. The backlog is linked to surging demand for imports as the US economy has reopened.

Takeaway food app Deliveroo and three of its former directors are to appear in a Paris court in March next year to answer charges of "undeclared labour". The move would open up the possibility for many couriers to claim employee status. The charges date back to 2015-2017 when the British group Deliveroo first set up shop in France. French prosecutors suspect Deliveroo of using "thousands of workers under a supposedly independent status via commercial contracts”.  Deliveroo France has issued a statement saying it operated "in a totally transparent fashion" and "in strict compliance with legal provisions".

Sport

Football - Manchester City came from behind to thrash League One Wycombe and reach the last 16 of the Carabao Cup. Meanwhile Championship side QPR upset Premier League Everton on penalties to reach the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.

Formula One - Former McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh is returning to Formula 1 with the Aston Martin team. The 63-year-old is to oversee Aston Martin's F1 project as chief executive officer of a newly established company, Aston Martin Performance Technologies.

Rugby Union - England boss Eddie Jones says he has "drawn a bit of a line in the sand" after shaking up his squad for a training camp later this month. Billy and Mako Vunipola, Jamie George and George Ford are among the big names left out of the 45-man squad.

Bristol half marathon – The Bristol half marathon winner has been disqualified after running in the wrong race. The winner was disqualified because he was only meant to run the distance of a 10k and not the 22km as per the half marathon. Omar Ahmed had originally signed up to run the 10k but ended up accidentally running - and winning - the half marathon in just 63 minutes. Mr Ahmed went the wrong way when he reached the point where the course diverged for the two distances.

Weather 

Clear skies with highs of 24 degrees in Nice, 26 in Cannes and 27 in Saint Tropez, with a light to moderate breeze. Reaching 27 degrees inland at Puget Theniers. This evening going down to 17 degrees along the coast in the Alpes Maritimes, 11 degrees inland and 15 degrees in the Var with clear skies.

The outlook for Thursday and Friday - Temperatures remaining the same with clear skies.  

And Finally

A first edition copy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has been sold amongst a string of rare books at auction. Published in 1818, it sold for a record-breaking £856,000 – the highest price ever paid for a work by a female author. Auctioneers had expected the book to go for as much as £219,000. Works by other famous writers were also under the hammer, with a first edition of James Joyce’s Dubliners and a second edition collection of Shakespeare’s plays going for £293,000 each.

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