Lunchtime News Monday 25th May 2020

Missing person - Police in Fayence have appealed following the disappearance of a teenager. 16-year-old Maene left her home in the evening of Tuesday 12th May and has not been seen since. Of slim build, with straight dark brown hair, she was at the time dressed in a grey hooded jacket, blue jeans, and black trainers.

Investigators believe that she may have run away from home for a second time. Anyone likely to have any information to assist the police in their investigation is asked to contact 04 94 39 16 40.

Real Estate - The National Real Estate Federation in the Var has said that despite fears of a drop in business due to the lockdown and the current health crisis. Requests for property in the region have been pouring in along with visits.

During the confinement, thanks to the electronic signature, many agencies were able to continue signing contracts already in place.  

Since the easing of lockdown on May 11th there’s been "an influx of requests", in the real estate sector, including long term rentals.

Former President of the Republic acknowledges his share of responsibility - Former French President François Hollande has acknowledged his "share of responsibility in the situation in French hospitals ", with in particular a lack of the "renewal" of masks, while criticizing the lack of regular stock checks since 2017 .

Speaking on France Inter Hollande said “I too have my responsibility during the coronavirus crisis, for years hospitals have been under pressure and I played my part in that”.

The former socialist president detailed the situation of the hospitals by saying: "We put too much administration in place with too much time taken up by filling in papers, rather than treating patients.

French health workers and caregivers publish open letter to President Emmanuel Macron - Meanwhile, in an open letter to French President Emmanuel Macron French health workers and caregivers have said that "The President’s words are no longer enough" adding that Macron needs to show them that they can count on him”.

The letter comes as the government launches "Ségur de la Santé" which plans to bring together union and collective caregivers today in a videoconference. The meeting aims to improve the working conditions of caregivers, their pay and the care of patients.

France’s minister of economy in favour of postponing summer sales - France’s minister of the economy Bruno Le Maire, has said that he is in favour of the summer sales being postponed.

The summer sales in France were due to start on June 24th but will no doubt be postpon