Lunchtime News Monday 11th October 2021


Man and woman found dead in apartment hotel near Marseille - A man and a woman have been found dead in an apartment hotel in the town of Allauch in the Bouches-du-Rhone about fifteen kilometers from Marseille. The two bodies were found lifeless in the night from Sunday to Monday by the daughter of one of the two victims, according to information from La Provence. The couple, a man and a woman in their forties, were discovered under a sheet, "in a pool of blood", according to the daily. The investigation has been entrusted to the Marseille judicial police.

Man uses French Presidents health pass for hospital appointment in Marseille - A 19-year-old man has been arrested in Marseille after using the QR code health pass of French President Emmanuel Macron for a hospital appointment. The individual presented the pass at the reception of the Salvator hospital and was later arrested after security agents realized he was using the pass of the President, which in September had been leaked on social networks. The man was later fined for presenting a health document belonging to a third party and was released. The QR code of Emmanuel Macron's health pass was made accessible by caregivers who distributed it on social networks after having access to his vaccination record. The suspects have been identified and a referral to their professional orders "is in progress”.

Covid vaccine study - According to recent French study the covid vaccines are 90% effective against severe forms of the illness. The study compared data from 11 million vaccinated people over the age of 50 with data from 11 million unvaccinated people in the same age group over a seven-month period. According to study published Monday, October 11, vaccination reduces the risk of hospitalization and death by 90% in people over 50. This is true for the vaccines from Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna and AstraZeneca. The fourth authorized in France, that of Janssen, was later authorized, was used in smaller proportions and is therefore not included in the study.

Monaco donates 3 million as promised to the valleys ravaged by Storm Alex last year - Monaco has donated 3 million euros as promised, to the valleys ravaged by storm Alex last October. The money from the Principality will be managed by the Heritage Foundation, responsible for identifying needs. HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and the French Ambassador to Monaco Laurent Stefanini, alongside Monaco’s Minister of State Pierre Dartout met with Guillaume Poitrinal, President of the Heritage Foundation to mark the gesture of solidarity.

In the aftermath of Storm Alex which ravaged the valleys of the Nice hinterland on October 2nd, 2020, the Principality had announced to donate three million euros to help the reconstruction of the French villages of Tinée, Vésubie and Roya. As a French local authority cannot enter into a financial contractual agreement with a foreign state, it took a year to find the appropriate legal route so that France could receive the money promised by the Principality.

Briançon - Briançon in the Hautes-Alpes has been selected as a training venue for the climbing event of the Olympic Games 2024. The city will integrate preparation centers for the Paris-2024 Olympic Games. Each year, the Mondial de l'escalade in Briançon brings together hundreds of spectators and will now join the list of sites which have received the "Terres de Jeux 2024" label. These training venues, chosen by the Paris 2024 Olympic Committee, are recognized as being of high quality and must accommodate the athletes with a view to their preparation for the event.


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