French and Riviera News Wednesday 5th October 2022


France’s Health Minister indicates possible return of masks on public transport due to rise in covid cases - France’s Health Minister François Braun has indicated that compulsory mask wearing could possibility return to public transport in France due to the rise in covid cases. The announcement comes as figures from the covid tracker show, an average of 44,536 positive cases every day, that’s up 34% from last week. Critical care admissions are also on the rise, up 45% in one week.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 incidence rate has risen in Monaco. Numbers have also risen significantly recently in the surrounding Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region. In its weekly update on Covid numbers the Monaco government said that the incidence rate per 100,000 people in the week to last Sunday evening was 197, up from 138 the previous week. The positive rate of tests performed on residents and non-residents was 13.2%. In the week ending the 2nd of October, 77 new positive cases of Covid-19 were detected in the Principality. As at that date 4 people, including 1 resident, were hospitalized at the Princess Grace Hospital but nobody was being treated in intensive care. 39 people were being followed by the Home Monitoring Centre.

Passengers evacuated after fire breaks out on barge - Nearly a hundred people have been evacuated after a fire broke out on a barge on the river Rhône in Arles. The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported. The fire started in the engine room on the starboard side and about forty firefighters were on site. For the time being the cause of the fire remains unknown.

Disaster-stricken campsites in Biot and Antibes say they have been abandoned – Campsites in Biot and Antibes which were hit by the 2015 floods on October 3rd, resulting in the death of twenty people on the Côte d’Azur, say they have still not received any compensation. Seven years later and most of the campsites flooded by a “Mediterranean episode” on October 3rd, 2015, no longer exist. However, several campsite owners which remain, have since taken legal action and asked for compensation, but the administrative court and the Marseilles court of appeal rejected everything, on the grounds that they were working in the red zone. Now the three of the four rejected campsites will pursue the case before the Council of State. Before seizing the European Court of Human Rights, if they are not heard.

Energy consumption - Faced with the risk of the overconsumption of energy, French provider Enedis is to temporarily deactivate the hot water tanks between midday and 2pm of households in France which have a peak hours and off-peak hours con