Lunchtime News Friday 28th January 2022


Child hit by car in Nice this morning - An 8-year-old child has been hit by a car near a school in Nice this morning. The incident occurred on Boulevard de Cessole opposite the Saint Barthélémy school shortly before 8am, as the boy was crossing the road. The victim was taken to hospital and police have opened an investigation to determine the exact circumstances of the accident.

Fire at the Forum Lingostière in Nice - 300 people have been evacuated from the Forum Lingostière in Nice on Thursday evening after a fire broke out. The blaze broke out in the kitchen of a restaurant on the ground floor of the complex shortly before 9pm. Twenty-four firefighters were dispatched to the scene and were quick to control the flames. No one was injured.

Pharmacists warn of distorted covid test due to the cold weather - Pharmacists in France have warned of the risk of distorted covid test results due to the cold. Many pharmacists have set up test sites in tents in front of their chemist however, with the winter temperatures the tests are being exposed to a temperature too low and can generate a series of false positives.

French growth reaches 7% in 2021 a record for more than 50 years - According to INSEE French growth reached 7% in 2021 a record for more than 50 years, after the recession of 2020. The National Institute of Statistics underlines that the French economy "now clearly exceeds" its pre-health crisis level. The figure is better than expected. In its latest forecast dating from mid-December, the National Institute of Statistics anticipated growth of 6.7% in 2021, a figure similar to the forecast of the Banque de France. Many indicators are indeed green, with an employment rate not seen since 1975, a record drop in unemployment, or even business investment which has exceeded its pre-crisis level, the result in particular of massive public aid (unemployment partial, solidarity fund, etc.) put in place to deal with the epidemic. According to figures recently given by the Minister of Public Accounts Olivier Dussopt, in total, the State will have spent a little more than 60 billion euros last year, at the cost of a public deficit which should be around 7% and a public debt of around 113%.

French television show looking for candidates in Toulon - The famous starred French chef Philippe Etchebest is looking for new candidates in Toulon for the television show "nightmare in the kitchen" broadcast on M6. If you are the owner or employee of a restaurant that is having problems in Toulon or the surrounding area, and you no longer know how to cope? Or, simply, you know of an establishment in great difficulty? Philippe Etchebest and his team can help you, via the show Nightmare in the kitchen. You can contact them by email


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