Lunchtime News Friday 1st October 2021


Wearing a mask remains mandatory in the Alpes Maritimes at least until October 18th - In the Alpes-Maritimes, wearing a mask remains mandatory at least until October 18th.  In a decree published this Friday, October 1, the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes, Bernard Gonzalez, extended until October 18 the obligation to wear a mask for people aged eleven and over in all the municipalities of the Alpes Maritimes. This measure applies in certain public spaces, those which do not allow social distancing: markets, flea markets, shopping malls, around schools and in establishments to which access is subject to the health pass. The mask remains compulsory in schools. However, the mask is still not necessary for those who are engaged in physical activity.

Most recent figures have shown that the incidence rate is 89 per 100,000 inhabitants in the Alpes-Maritimes. As of September 30, there were 216 people hospitalized and 42 in intensive care and more than 82% of the population is vaccinated.

Climate change - A year after the bad weather that plagued the Nice hinterland, how does the Côte d'Azur defend itself against flooding? As global warming increases the temperature of the sea, Mediterranean episodes become more intense and more frequent. So much so that the Côte d'Azur has no other solution than to adapt.

On October 2, 2020, storm Alex hit the hinterland of Nice. In several villages in the Vésubie, Roya and Tinée valleys, torrential rains washed away roads and homes, killing ten and missing eight. The previous year, in November and then in December 2019, Cannes and its surroundings were partly in the water. Four years earlier, on the night of October 3 to 4, 2015, a Mediterranean episode hit an area stretching from Mandelieu to Antibes, causing the death of 20 people.

Agreement reached with unions over strike from bin collectors in Marseille - The president of the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis Martine Vassal has announced this morning that an agreement has been reached with unions, concerning the strike action from bin collectors in Marseille.

Between 90 and 100% of bin collectors had started the strike last week opposed to a reform which would result in an increase in working hours.

Serial killer found dead - A former military police officer is said to have confessed to being the murderer known as Le Grêlé before his death. The 59-year-old man was found dead in a rented flat in Grau-du-Roi in the Gard, along with a suicide note. Prosecutors says his DNA matched evidence found at several crime scenes.

Named locally as François Verove, he had been a gendarme before becoming a police officer and later retiring. He was summoned by police on 24 September to give a DNA sample five days later. His wife reported him missing on 27 September. His murders and rapes shocked Paris between 1986 and 1994 but until now were never solved. Among the shocking crimes attributed to him was the murder of 11-year-old Cécile Bloch. She was reported missing after failing to show up to school in Paris in 1986.

Poll show that Macron would win second round of 2022 presidential election - According to the results of an opinion poll published by Opinionway French President Emmanuel Macron would win the second round of the 2022 presidential election against Marine Le Pen, with 58% of the vote. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen remain largely in the lead in voting intentions in the first round of the presidential election, regardless of the assumptions of competition on the right. According to this survey, the current head of state would win between 24 and 28% of the vote if the first round took place on Sunday. And he would win a second round against Marine Le Pen, with 58% of the vote. The leader of the National Rally would obtain between 20 and 26% in the first round.

Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival - The Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival has unveiled this year’s programme. From November 23rd to December 4th a flagship cultural event of the Principality, it will bring together major artist from the international jazz scene. This year’s festival will see the likes of Jamie Cullum and Gregory Porter performing. Each performance will be organized in accordance with government health measures issued by the Prince's Palace.

Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival

Tuesday 23rd November- Avishai Cohen Trio

Wednesday, November 24th - Jamie Cullum

Thursday, November 25th - Steve Hackett

Monday, November 29th - Gregory Porter

Tuesday November 30th - Chucho Valdés Featuring Yilian Cañizare

Friday December 3rd - Paul Person

Saturday December 4th - David Hallyday

Repair café - The repair café will open its doors tomorrow Saturday October 3rd in Villeneuve-Loubet. Customers will now be able to give their objects a second life, thanks to the repair café. A service made available every first Saturday of the month which encourages people to repair rather than throw away. Repair cafes can now be found everywhere in France and are proving to be popular with customers.

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