Lunchtime News Friday 19th November 2021


Alpes Maritimes covid figures - According to Public Health France, figures published on Thursday November 18th, show that the incidence rate stands at 153 in the Alpes-Maritimes, a level that had not been reached since September.

The incidence rate has seen a 50% increase in the last 7 days. Since the beginning of November, it has been almost multiplied by 3 with an increase of nearly 160%. For the past two weeks, the number of infections has also increased very rapidly, in the order of 40 to 50% per week.

The incidence rate is now over 120 throughout the country. As French government spokesman Gabriel Attal warned that "It is particularly high in Corsica, Provence Alpes Côte-d'Azur and the Pays de la Loire region".

Monaco – Meanwhile twenty new cases of covid have been identified in Monaco on Thursday 18th November. The number of people affected by covid since the beginning of the pandemic now stands at 3,536. Thirteen people are currently in hospital and two are in intensive care. Fifty-five people are being followed by the home monitoring centre.

French President says that a lockdown for the unvaccinated will not be necessary in France - French President Emmanuel Macron has assured that " a lockdown of theunvaccinated in France is not necessary". In an interview with "La Voix du Nord" on Thursday November 18th Macron explains that the "countries which confine the unvaccinated are those that have not implemented the health pass and that this measure is therefore not necessary in France."

Republican MP presents his programme for the presidential elections - Republican MP for the Alpes-Maritimes Eric Ciotti has presented his programme. A few weeks ahead of the Republican party choosing their candidate for the presidential election Ciotti, who is candidate, presented his programme on Wednesday November 17th, focusing on preserving what he considers to be the values of France.

New law ends practice of wild animals being used in live circus shows - French actress and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot welcomed a vote by lawmakers on Thursday to end the practice of wild animals such as tigers, lions or bears being used in live circus shows. Lawmakers in the Senate voted overwhelmingly in favour. This means performances of wild animals in circuses will be prohibited in two years and owning them outlawed in seven years, an issue that has been under debate since 2020. The law, once signed by President Emmanuel Macron, will also ban live dolphin shows in the next five years and immediately end mink farming, meaning the country's last operator will close. Macron's centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) party called the legislation "a historic step in the animal rights combat".



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