Lunchtime News Friday 24th September 2021


Seasonal illnesses return - France is seeing a return of seasonal illnesses such as gastroenteritis, colds and flu. While the Covid-19 epidemic is on the decline, seasonal illnesses are making a comeback according to doctors. Winter 2020 was marked by a low presence of winter viruses with the flu, for example, circulating at an all-time low.

The flu, which affects an average of 2.5 million French people each year, only affected 1.25 million people during the last flu season. The seasonal flu vaccination campaign will begin on October 26.

Culture budget to exceed 4 billion euros - France’s Ministry of Culture has announced that for the first time, its budget will exceed 4 billion euros. For 2022, an envelope of 4.083 billion euros (excluding public broadcasting) will cover the culture component and the media, book and cultural industries sectors, compared with 3.805 billion euros in 2021. This budget will thus increase by 273 million euros, i.e. + 7.5% compared to the initial finance for 2021.

Flying taxi – Airbus has unveiled its new all-electric next-generation CityAirBus in Toulouse. The aerospace company hopes to have the futuristic looking model zipping around our skies by 2025 with test flights set to commence in 2023. The model has a range of 80 km travelling at 120 km/h and is intended to facilitate inter-city travel.

Yves Saint Laurent to stop using fur - Fashion house Yves Saint Laurent has announced that it will no longer use fur from the autumn 2022 collection. Belonging to the luxury group Kering, it was one of the last not to have made this commitment. In the group, Gucci was a pioneer by committing in October 2017 to no longer use fur from the spring-summer 2018 collections.

Grande Braderie at Juan les Pins - The big clearance sale in Juan-les-Pins starts today and is on until Sunday as shops in the town offer great deals on their latest collections. About a hundred businesses in the seaside resort are slashing prices from 10am to 7pm.






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