French and Riviera News Wednesday 29th December 2021


Avalanches - A 44-year-old man and his 17-year-old daughter have been slightly injured after being swept away by an avalanche on a ski slope at the Foux d'Allos in the Alpes de Haute Provence. The avalanche occurred shortly before 3pm on Tuesday December 28th. Both father and daughter were rescued by helicopter and taken to the hospital of Digne-les-Bains. Meanwhile a 46-year-old woman was injured in an avalanche at the Col du Lautaret in the Haute Alpes again on Tuesday afternoon. She was rescued by three other skiers who witnessed the incident. Météo France has reported an avalanche risk level of 4-5 in the Hautes-Alpes with the prefecture issuing advice to "avoid outings in the high mountains outside of the marked areas".

Motorist flees road check - A motorist has been arrested in Cannes after fleeing a police road check. The incident occurred in the early hours of Monday morning when the individual fled the road check but was later forced to stop when his vehicle caught fire. Under the influence of alcohol, the man was arrested by police. He is to appear in court on February 22nd.

Man dies at train station in Strasbourg after fatal fall - A 43-year-old man has died after a fatal fall down a flight of stairs at the train station of Strasbourg. The accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon. Witnesses raised the alarm and emergency services intervened but were unable to save the victim.

10-year-old given adult dose of covid vaccine - Parents of a 10-year-old child have filed a complaint after she mistakenly received an adult dose of the covid vaccine. The young child was injected with half a dose of the Moderna vaccine intended for adults at the Ponts vaccination centre in Normandy. The nurse noticed the error a few seconds after the injection and immediately reported it. Increased monitoring was then recommended by the centre's doctor.

New record in number of covid cases in France - On Tuesday France's Public Health agency revealed that 179,807 people had been infected with covid during the last 24 hours in France. A new record for the number of infections reported in the space of a day. The previous peak was identified on Saturday at 104,611. Intensive care units admitted 417 new patients on Tuesday compared to 328 the day before, for a total of 3,416. Nearly 700,000 people also received an injection of the Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday. In total, 51,676,653 people have had a complete vaccination schedule (76.6% of the total population) since the start of the vaccination campaign in France.

According to the latest official figures, 5.3 million people aged 12 and over have not yet received any doses of t