Lunchtime News Friday 17th April 2020


Two aggressive dogs escape from their master - Two Belgian Shepherd Malinois dogs have managed to escape from their master early this Friday morning, and have bitten passers-by in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and Monaco.

Two victims were taken to hospital for minor injuries.

The two very aggressive dogs managed to escape from Roquebrune Cap Martin heading towards Beausoleil.

At 7.15 a.m., the two dogs bit a first person in Roquebrune. The victim, slightly injured, was taken to hospital by firefighters. The victim has since been discharged from hospital.

The two dogs pursued their journey and then threw themselves on a person in Beausoleil.

Another victim was attacked in Monaco at the level of the Sainte-Cécile staircase.

While police have managed to capture one of the dogs the other has still not been located. Police have warned the public not to attempt to approach the animal.

Travel document now available  to download  - The travel document required in France can now be obtained online and downloaded onto smartphones.

Travel authorizations from abroad to mainland France may now be valid in digital format at the following link

Construction sites in the region to resume - French state services have given the green light to the gradual and conditional reopening of construction sites, which will see some projects in the Alpes Maritimes resume.

Since March 16th, due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the majority of construction and public works (BTP) sites have been stopped.

After weeks of tension, state services and construction professionals have found common ground. The activity of construction companies is essential to meet the vital needs of the population (sanitation, drinking water network, roads, elevators and green spaces).

The construction industry also brings major challenges for the development and economy of the region.

300 sites have been identified with public order in the region.

Work sites will have to comply to strict health and safety guidelines in order to resume.

Distancing, wearing a mask, washing hands and cleaning tools, and prohibiting construction sites from people with symptoms will be applied. If there is a health problem on a site, the company manager but also the client will be responsible.

Other projects will be able to restart by mid-May.

For any private work sites there has been no ban, but some workmen and craftsmen have preferred to suspend their activity. Again, work can go ahead but they too will be obliged to respect health measures in place.

Mayor of Nice wants testing for all - Meanwhile the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has sent a letter to France's  Minister of Health Olivier Véran, saying that the City of Nice wishes to acquire blood tests "for all of Nice" to detect Covid-19 .  Estrosi wishes to know if the tests which the city would like to acquire will be approved.  The mayor went on to say that "He is convinced that we will only succeed in the end of a lockdown, by putting in place a global strategy including, in particular, the compulsory wearing of a masks and a massive screening campaign,"

"After having decided to supply masks for all the people of Nice, we now want to put ourselves in a position to be operational at the start of the end of confinement. All of the suppliers for the tests are currently tell us that they are in the process of being approved by the High Authority of Health". 

Blood tests for nursing home staff, police, but also staff for waste collection and CCAS are in the pipeline but the mayor of Nice would like a screening to also be made available to the people of Nice.

Postal service in the region - The postal service in the region has announced that from Monday 20th April, the public group will open ten additional offices in the Alpes-Maritimes and that the distribution frequency will also be increased to a minimum of four days.

At the start of confinement, the number of post offices operating was restricted in order to protect employees. Today, 37 out of 108 offices are open in the Alpes-Maritimes to provide essential services." Namely: banking, withdrawal of proceedings (registered letters, parcels) and mail delivery".

Pending the full return to a normal of its activity, La Poste advises clients to check opening hours on the website which is updated daily to find the nearest contact point.

French singer Christophe dies - The French singer Christophe has died. The interpreter of "Mots bleus" and "Aline", was 74 years old, and was suffering from a lung disease according to his family. French newspapers had previously reported that the singer had tested positive for Covid-19, and had been hospitalized since March 26th, reports which the singer’s agent has not confirmed.


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