Lunchtime News Friday 10th December 2021

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Parking in Nice - This Friday 10th December, the local council in Nice is to vote on new parking rules in the city which should come into force in early January. The main change being voted on is the charge of a fine increasing from 16 to 25 euros with at the same time a reduction in the hourly rate by 8%, or 10 cents less per hour. While maintaining the daily 30 minutes free and an hour on Saturday.

Minimum service during strike action from bin collectors in Marseille – Local officials of Aix-Marseille have asked for a minimum service to be maintained following strike action from the city's bin collectors. In a press conference on Thursday officials threatened the intervention of police officers should the situation "not improve with at least a minimum service during negotiations".

Tunnel reopen completely - From this morning Friday 10th December, the Liautaud tunnel in Nice is to reopen. Closed following an incident during works being carried out some sections had been reopened with the tunnel completely reopened from 6am today. The closure had caused major traffic jams during rush hour.

Chemists to open on Sunday for vaccinations - France's minister of health Olivier Veran has announced that pharmacists "who wish" will now be able to open every Sunday in December and January to vaccinate against Covid-19.

France has said that it will not join a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Speaking on Thursday French President Emmanuel Macron called such a move "insignificant". Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, meanwhile, said Paris was still seeking a common EU stance on the issue. The US, Australia and Britain are among several Western nations that have said they will not send officials to the 2022 Winter Olympics in order to send China a message over its human rights record.

A French woman has been fined €1,200 for causing a huge crash at the Tour de France by waving a cardboard sign in the riders' path. The woman, 31, was also ordered to pay a symbolic one euro fine to France's professional cyclist association. The identity of the woman was withheld after she was targeted by a torrent of online abuse. Video footage of the incident, which took place in June, has been shared widely online.