Lunchtime News Friday 4th September 2020


Coronavirus - According to the latest figures from Public Health France since the start of health crisis 241 people have died in the Var from Covid-19, of which two were in recent hours.

Out of the 241 deaths 108 were in nursing homes. As of September 3, 52 patients with Covid-19 are still hospitalized in the Var, including three in intensive care.

Monaco - Meanwhile one new case of Covid-19 was reported in Monaco on Thursday with the number of residents affected in the Principality standing at 143.

43 people are followed by the Home Monitoring Centre which medically supports patients, with few symptoms, invited to confine themselves at home.

Covid-19 cases at a Lycee in Nice - Several secondary school students from the Lycee Apollinaire in Nice have not returned to class after testing positive for Covid-19, others started the school year unaware that they were sick.

Parents have been informed of the situation by email from the head of the establishment and both the rectorate in Nice and the Regional Health Agency have taken the necessary action, with those students affected remaining confined at home for fourteen days.

Sass Café to reopen - After closing its doors on August 22nd due to several members of staff testing positive for Covid-19 the Sass Café in Monaco is ready to reopen and welcome its customers from 8 p.m this evening Friday 4th September.

During the closure all staff have been tested and retested and the premises have been fully disinfected.

Documentary “Her name is Grace Kelly” - An exclusive documentary on Grace Kelly is to be aired this evening on France 3. The documentary entitled “Her name is Grace Kelly” features unseen footage filmed by the princess herself, taken from the archives of the Prince’s Palace.

As expressed by the presenter Stéphane Bern "the Princess remains an icon" and Bern in the documentary explores the work with the Prince and his memories of the Princess.

From the Monaco Palace and in the presence of Prince Albert II, Stéphane Bern offers an exceptional evening dedicated to Grace Kelly. The documentary combines photos and private films never seen before.


22 schools and hundred classes closed due to Covid -19 - Three days after students returned to school the Minister of National Education has today announced that 22 schools and a hundred classes have been closed in France due to cases of Covid-19.

There are ten closures in mainland France and twelve in the Reunion, out of a total of 60,000 establishments. In addition, "a hundred classes" are closed". 

French journalist - A French journalist who infiltrated the police force has described a culture of racism and violence in which officers act with impunity.

In his book, “Flic” published today Valentin Gendrot reveals that he was given a uniform and a gun after just three months’ training, and later sent out on patrol. Gendrot also claims that violence was so frequent and describes one incident where he was forced to help falsify evidence against an adolescent who had been beaten by an officer. Gendrot also says he was shocked to discover how badly trained and paid police recruits are and how the constant stress and daily hostility and violence they face drives officers to depression and suicide.

The journalist spent almost six months in a police station in one of Paris’s tough northern neighbourhoods where relations between the law and locals are strained.

150th anniversary of the Republic - To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron has given a speech at the Pantheon.

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Third Republic, Emmanuel Macron stressed this morning that the Republic was "always to be protected" because it is "fragile" and "precarious".

"There will never be a place in France for those who, often in the name of a God, sometimes with the help of foreign powers, intend to impose the law of a group", declared the head of state during this commemoration of September 4, 1870, date of creation of the Third Republic following the defeat of Napoleon III. Emmanuel Macron specified that "a bill to fight against separatism will be presented this autumn.


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