Lunchtime News Monday 29th March 2021


Finance Minister says “all options are on the table” - France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, has said this morning that “all options are on the table” concerning the current health situation in France. While the number of Covid-19 contaminations continues to increase in France. Some doctors are calling for a stricter lockdown. Speaking to French media this morning the Minister recognizes that France "is heading towards a worsening of the health situation, adding that if additional measures must be taken, they will be”.

Macron visits Créteil this afternoon - Meanwhile French President Emmanuel Macron is to visit Créteil in the southeastern suburbs of Paris this afternoon, as part of the "acceleration of the vaccine campaign" against Covid-19 launched last week by the French government. The Head of State, accompanied by the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, is expected at the prefecture of Val-de-Marne to “meet with the operators of the call platform" who are " responsible for contacting people aged 75 and over who have not yet benefited from the vaccine and to facilitate online appointments”.

French politician calls for closure of schools - French politician and president of the UDI Jean-Christophe Lagarde, has called for the "immediate closure" of schools in the Seine-Saint-Denis. Lagarde wrote to French President Emmanuel Macron today requesting "the immediate closure of schools, colleges and high schools" in his department. Lagarde went on to say that “saliva tests and the multiplication of cases of Covid demonstrate a very active circulation of the virus in schools” adding that “today everything suggests that schools have become an accelerator of spreading the virus”.

In Seine-Saint-Denis, a department where the incidence rate of the coronavirus is the highest in France, some teachers exercised their right of withdrawal at the end of last week, in particular at the Eugène-Delacroix high school in Drancy where 22 classes are closed today due to the health situation.

Covid - Hospitals in the Alpes Maritimes are saying that 9 out of 10 intensive care beds are occupied due to Covid. In total the number of patients treated in intensive care is reaching levels not yet reached since the start of the epidemic.

The British variant is now responsible for 9 out of 10 cases of Covid in the department. In total 1,724 patients have died from Covid-19 in the Alpes-Maritimes since the start of the health crisis, according to figures from the National Health Agency. This weekend, four new deaths were recorded in hospitals.

April 1st - Every first of the month marks certain changes in France. So from Thursday 1st April gas prices, which have risen in recent months, are expected to decrease, the “winter truce” will be extended until June 1st however, there will be an end to the government aid of  50 euros to repair your bicycle, which was put in place intended to encourage people to use their bicycles. And from Thursday April 1, regulations concerning the use of cookies in targeted advertising will change, according to the recommendations of the CNIL. Cookies that are not essential for the proper functioning of a website can no longer be used by advertisers to deliver targeted advertising without explicit consent.





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