Lunchtime News Monday 20th September 2021

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Weather warning - Météo France has placed the Alpes-Maritimes department on a yellow weather alert with thunderstorms and the risk of flooding forecast inland. The valleys of Roya, Vésubie, Tinée and the Haut-Var are expected to be particularly affected.

France’s health minister suggests that there is hope that the worst of the health crisis is over – In an interview published at the weekend France’s health minister Olivier Véran has suggested “that for France there is hope that the worst of the health crisis is over”. Hospital admissions in France have been decreasing for several weeks, both in standard stays and in intensive care. New daily cases are also decreasing by nearly 30% per week to the point of being recently passed below the symbolic bar of 10,000 daily contaminations.

The milestone of 50 million vaccinated has just been reached, in part thanks to the implementation of the health pass. With 9 out of 10 French people having received at least one dose of the vaccine. On Sunday, government spokesman Gabriel Attal evoked for the first time the possibility of a "local health pass", the application of which would depend on the health situation in each region justifying the need to “adapt things”. The “local health pass” is to be discussed at the Defense Council which is planned for this Wednesday 22nd September.

Extension of health pass - Meanwhile a bill to extend the health pass will be presented on October 13th. Prime Minister Jean Castex is currently working on the  bill to extend the health pass beyond November 15th. It will be presented on October 13th in the Council of Ministers before being examined by MPs and senators.

French mayor recognized as best mayor in the world - A mayor from the Paris region has been named best mayor in the world for fight on poverty. Philippe Rio, a member of the Parti communiste français, was described by the London based think tank (the city mayors foundation) as a “social visionary and pragmatist”, and also a “determined fighter against poverty and social exclusion”. Phillippe Rio is the mayor of Grigny one of the poorest towns in France.

Real estate industry in France - Real estate studies in France have shown that the industry is set to hit a record 1.2 million property transactions by the end of this year. House prices in suburbs and rural communities are overtaking those in city centres with prices on the rise in cities including Brest, Angers, Reims and Orléans. Several studies have suggested that the covid pandemic along with lockdown continue to make an impact on the market with people buying more homes away from the city centres.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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