Lunchtime News Friday 21st May 2021


Alpes Maritimes classified as green - For the first time since June last year the Alpes Maritimes has fallen below 50 in the covid incidence rate. The region is currently classified as “green” and is amongst six other regions of France which also have an incidence rate of less than 50.

Allianz Riviera - The company managing the Allianz Riviera stadium, inaugurated in 2013, has been placed in safeguard proceedings, due to the economic blight caused by the health crisis. Closed since the first lockdown, the stadium is a 36,178-seat multi-purpose stadium with a commercial capacity of 35,624 seats for football. Apart from sporting events, the stadium can host other events such as concerts or shows. Nice city council has made no comment following the reports. The Allianz Riviera was built on the basis of a public private partnership (PPP) and was one of the venues for Euro-2016 football.

Electric bikes launch in Marseille - After electric scooters, self-service electric bikes will make their debut this Sunday May 23rd in Marseille. The new service will launch on the first edition of the "Voie est libre", a car-free day on the Corniche and Estaque-Plage. The service costs 1 euro to rent and 20 centimes per minute".

Blue Flag label - Several beaches in the Var and one in the Alpes Maritimes have been awarded the Blue Flag label while seven beaches on the Riviera and two in the Var, have had it withdrawn. The Blue Flag label, created by the Teragir association, has been awarded every year since 1985 to environmentally friendly beaches and ports.

Lancôme - The famous cosmetics and luxury goods brand Lancôme has just harvested its first roses for May, which will be used for their perfumes. Lancôme had acquired the Domaine de la Rose, chemin de Saint-Jean in Grasse last October planting seeds which have this week given the first harvest of the famous May rose.

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