French and Riviera News Wednesday 2nd November 2022


Dramatic situation for paediatric care in France - France’s Health Minister has announced that since the beginning of October “thirty-one children have been transported out of the Ile-de-France" due to the saturation of paediatric services in hospitals in Paris. According to the regional health agency the Ile-de-France region has been in hit by an epidemic of bronchiolitis since October 3rd which has just made the situation worse.

A meeting is scheduled today Wednesday 2nd November, between the health minister François Braun and paediatric professionals. It was last week that more than 4,000 caregivers signed an open letter to the President of the Republic to denounce the saturation of hospital paediatric services. The letter denounced above all structural difficulties, due to "irresponsible political inaction". Warning that “hospitalization services are overflowing”.  

Covid incidence rate falling in Monaco - The Covid-19 incidence rate has decreased in Monaco. In its weekly update on Covid numbers the government said that the incidence rate per 100,000 people in the week to last Sunday was 161, down from 222 the previous week. In the week to Sunday, 63 new positive cases of Covid-19 were detected. As of Sunday evening, 11 people, including 4 residents, were hospitalized at the Princesse Grace Hospital. Two people, both of them non-residents, were being treated in intensive care. 36 people were being followed by the Home Monitoring Centre.

Power cuts - More than 2,600 homes in Beausoleil and La Turbie have been without electricity following an incident on the network in Beausoleil. The incident occurred on Tuesday morning affecting 2,600 customers in Beausoleil, as well as in La Turbie. According to the operator Enedis, technicians were quick to intervene, and everything was back to normal by the afternoon. Meanwhile on Facebook, the city of La Turbie attributed the incident "to lightning which had hit the Beausoleil transformer following the bad weather on Tuesday morning".

Train traffic disrupted - Meanwhile, another power cut caused by bad weather on Tuesday saw train traffic interrupted between Nice and Ventimiglia. Major repair work has since been carried out however, only two out of three trains will be maintained this morning, Wednesday November 2. To know which trains will be running passengers are advised to check on the SNCF TER SUD website.

Storm Claudio – On Tuesday Storm Claudio caused disruption on the region’s roads with parts of both the Promenade des Anglais and the A8 motorwa