Lunchtime News Monday 1st November 2021


30-year-old man shot dead in Marseille - A 30-year-old man has been shot dead in Marseille. The shooting took place on Sunday evening on the Rue de Lyon, in the 15th arrondissement shortly after 7.30pm. The victim was hit by several bullets. The gunman reportedly fled on a scooter. Police believe that the shooting is related to drug trafficking.

Dead body found in apartment in Cannes - Meanwhile the body of a man has been discovered in Cannes. Police made the discovery on Sunday October 31st in an apartment in the district of the Lycée Carnot in Cannes. The advanced state of decomposition of the corpse suggests that the death of the victim, a 66-year-old man, dates back more than a month. An investigation has been opened to determine the circumstances of the death, still unknown at this stage.

Covid screening of unvaccinated travellers from the UK at Gare du Nord Paris - A screening system has been set up on the arrival platform at the Gare du Nord in Paris from today Monday 1st November, to direct unvaccinated travellers from the UK to a screening centre in the lobby. If the test is positive, they will have to observe a quarantine of ten days.

In recent weeks, the United Kingdom has been experiencing a resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic. More than 40,000 new daily cases are detected. The French government has established a classification of countries according to their level of health risk. Britain has gone from green to orange. In this context, France is taking precautions. From Monday 1 November, a screening system will be set up at the Gare du Nord for unvaccinated travellers from Great Britain. The checks will start at St Pancras station in London — home to the Eurostar. Passengers wishing to travel to France will have to present a vaccination certificate or a PCR or antigenic test less than 24 hours old before boarding the train. Otherwise, they will be able to travel but will have to, upon arrival at the Gare du Nord, undergo a screening test in a center set up in the hall. A screening system will be set up on the arrival platform to direct unvaccinated travellers to the centre. If the test is positive, they will have to observe a ten-day quarantine. In a statement published on social networks, the police prefecture indicates that this device at the Gare du Nord will be set up"with the support of the Central Directorate of border police (PAF) and the French Federation of Rescue and First Aid (FFSS)". However, the police headquarters did not indicate the duration of such a measure.

Breast cancer treatment - A new breast cancer treatment, an antibody treatment combined with chemotherapy, is now authorized in France giving hope to patients with a very aggressive form of breast cancer. France's Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, had announced recently the introduction of Trodelvy, a promising new treatment for an aggressive form of breast cancer now available from today Monday, November 1, for patients who need it most. This new therapy does not yet have a European marketing authorization. Only nominative temporary authorizations of use (ATU) had been granted in France, benefiting only a few dozen women. This new therapy, manufactured by the American laboratory Gilead, consists of an antibody treatment combined with chemotherapy. It is aimed at women with a particularly aggressive breast cancer, called "triple negative".

Triple-negative cancer affects about 15% of patients, or 9,000 new cases per year, and treatments are "rare and often ineffective",reports the High Authority of Health. According to reports Trodelvy makes it possible to extend the short-term survival of patients, as scientific research shows.

All Saint's Day - Celebrated every year on November 1st All Saints' Day, is an opportunity for the French to visit cemeteries to pay tribute to their missing loved ones. Speaking to French media this morning the chief curator of the Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris said that they expect between "15,000 and 20,000 people," today. All Saints' Day is an opportunity for many families to come and gather and flower the graves.

Champagne! - After a long period of absence due to covid French and foreign tourists have returned this bank holiday weekend to Reims to visit the champagne houses, breaking the attendance records. During the two three-day weekends of November, All Saints' Day and 11 November wine producers in the region expect a boom in visitors.

Footgolf - A mixture of football and golf, played with a round ball but on a green, footgolf is making its place in France and the region. Several clubs have even emerged in Normandy and some golf courses now dedicate a course to it. The sport, which came straight from the Netherlands, combines the two disciplines. The rules are the same as in golf: send the ball into the hole in a minimum of shots, but the football replaces the golf ball, and the legs replace the club. 

Today, footgolf is booming in the world and seems to be gaining more and more followers. 17 nations created their federations and participated in the 2012 World Championships. In France, the French Footgolf Association was even created in 2013 and now has 5,000 members. 48 golf courses are now affiliated in France. At the beginning of October, the French even finished 2nd in the Euro FootGolf. The next World Cup will take place in 2023 in the United States.


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