French and Riviera News Wednesday 28th September 2022

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Strike action - Major disruptions are expected on the rail network across France tomorrow Thursday 29th September as several unions are calling for action in defence of the purchasing power, French pensions and employee rights. Public transport is expected to be affected. The circulation of TER\ZOU! trains is likely to be disrupted until Friday morning. You can find information at local train stations, on the SNCF TER SUD website and by using the SNCF app as well as on Twitter @TERSUD_SNCF

Meanwhile, strike action by bin collectors and street cleaners in La Seyne in the Var is set to continue as staff accuse the management of an “abuse of power”. Employees have stopped working since Monday morning and say that all collection and street cleaning is suspended until further notice.

Number of covid cases on the rise in the PACA - According to the latest figures published by the regional health agency, the number of covid cases is on the rise in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region, especially among those over 45. The number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants has increased by almost 50% in two weeks in the region. This incidence rate is highest for people in their 40s and 50s. At the same time, new hospital admissions, “for or with Covid-19, are on the rise” with 231 patients registered last week, compared to 192 the week before.

Drinking water - Drinking water in Antibes has once again been contaminated with lead. Last summer, the presence of lead and nickel had been detected and at the time Sophia Antipolis urban community (Casa), the ARS and Veolia had recommended letting the water run before using it. Today, even if the analysis of September 9th reveals an overrun of the authorized rate of lead, the instruction to let the water run is not appropriate according to Veolia Water.

AS Monaco launches recyclable ball - AS Monaco is launching a unique eco-designed and recyclable ball featuring its logo on the occasion of European Sustainable Development Week. The club is participating alongside 19 French professional clubs, in the Rebond project. The club said that it's the very first recyclable football made from vegetable and recycled materials. Profits made by AS Monaco from sales of the new ball will be donated to the Oceanographic Institute – Foundation Albert 1er, Prince de Monaco.

Post-Brexit border checks - According to the boss of Eurostar post-Brexit border checks have slowed the speed at which passengers pass through London St Pancras on their way to Paris, reducing the terminal’s capacity by one-third. He said the additional border checks now required, with UK nationals having to have their