Lunchtime News Monday 21st March 2022


Health measures - Health measures in France change from today Monday 21st March, if you have been in contact with a covid positive person. From today you will no longer have to isolate yourself, even if you are not vaccinated. While most health measures were lifted a week ago by the government for the entire population, contact cases, vaccinated or not, still had to respect a period of isolation. From today, this is no longer the case.

Protest against fuel prices - Taxi and VTC drivers are demonstrating across France and in Marseille today in protest against the rise in petrol prices. More than a hundred drivers have met this Monday morning in Marseille to express their dissatisfaction. Many consider themselves to be largely forgotten by the economic and social resilience plan presented by the French government a few days ago to deal with the consequences of the war in Ukraine. Protests are expected to last all day. A renewable strike notice of 4 days was filed by the drivers. However, no blocking action is planned within Marseille itself.

Monaco releases emergency aid for Ukraine - Monaco has released an emergency aid of 150,000 euros for Ukraine. Following a televised speech by Prince Albert II of Monaco last week, the Minister of State Pierre Dartout gave an update on the establishment of a “coordination unit” dedicated to “welcoming and supporting refugees” from the war in Ukraine and announced the release of emergency financial assistance.

Fnac-Darty join forces with Apple brand - The Fnac-Darty group have announced that they are to join forces with Apple to become the first "authorized repairer" of iPhones and iPads. The exclusive partnership signed with the Apple brand makes the Fnac-Darty group the first "third-party repairer" of certain Apple products. The new service will be available from June and will rely on the network of WeFix smartphone repair stores, in which Fnac Darty invested in 2018. Wefix has its own shops but is also accessible in Fnac and Darty stores.

Johnny Hallyday’s Harley sells for record amount at auction - The legendary Harley Davidson of the late French singer Johnny Hallyday has sold for a record amount at auction in Paris. Estimated at between 50,000 and 250,000 euros, the bike was the subject of a ten-minute battle between bidders before being sold for nearly 480,000 euros to an anonymous buyer.

Monaco Red Cross Gala - The Monaco Red Cross gala has announced that American singer Alicia Keys will be headlining this year’s event on July 18th. The exceptional outdoor concert will take place on the Place du Casino welcoming up to 2,000 spectators. Alicia Keys has already performed twice in the Principality, including once in 2013 at the Salle des Étoiles.

Football - OGC Nice have been knocked out of Ligue 1 after losing last night at the Vélodrome stadium, against the Olympique de Marseille 2-1. Meanwhile Sunday saw AS Monaco beat an uninspiring PSG 3-0. 





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