Lunchtime News Monday 31st January 2022


Weather warning increased by Meteo France - The weather warning issued for the Var region due to high winds has been increased to an orange alert by Meteo France. According to the latest forecast, gusts are expected to reach 90 to 110 km an hour, with peaks of up to 130 km hour. The warning is in place from this afternoon and is not expected to be lifted before this evening.  The sectors most expected to be affected are around Sainte-Baume, the Monts Toulonnais, the Maures, in the Haut-Var and in the Fayence region. The coastal area from Saint-Cyr to Sainte-Maxime could temporarily experience gusts from 100 to 120 km an hour, specifies the prefecture.

Woman rescued by firefighters in the Var - A woman has been rescued by firefighters after a fire broke out in her apartment in Carcès in the Var, in the early hours of this morning. The blaze broke out in an apartment located on the first floor of a three storey building. The cause of the fire is still to be determined.

Low emission zone comes into force in Nice today - Controls are to be carried out in Nice today on polluting vehicles. In an attempt to reduce pollution the measure will concern a specific area of the city centre and to begin with, heavy goods vehicles. A low emission zone will come into force in the city centre with the most polluting trucks no longer able to access the city centre.

Motorway tolls - Vinci Autoroutes has announced a freeze on motorway tolls for most journeys of less than 50 kilometres on its motorway network. According to information from French media it will be mainly concern home-to-work return journeys while, long journeys are set to increase by 2% from February 1st. This increase comes after an increase of 0.44% at the start of 2021.

Pink Ribbon Walk - Online registration is now open for the 10th edition of the Pink Ribbon Walk here in the Principality on February 13th. The 5km walk is a fun way to raise awareness on breast cancer. The event was launched in 2011 by Natasha Frost-Savio. There is a 30 euros registration fee with all proceeds going to support breast cancer awareness. This year's event is in partnership with SBM offshore and the Monegasque Athletics Federation. The walk starts at 10am at the Port Hercule.

Hot Air Balloon project - Thanks to a private donor a project for several years, from the Aeronauts Club of Monaco, of a hot air balloon in the Monaco colours gracing the skies of the Côte d'Azur, looks set to soon see the light of day. Local media has reported that the balloon is now being designed in Spain and that the ecological balloon is planned to be delivered this summer. For years the club has been working on a planet-friendly approach in the practice of aeronautical activity. Thanks to the support of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the project to create a national ecological hot-air balloon is set to see the light of day this year. Speaking about the project the club's president said "the ecological balloon will convey a simple and applicable message in many areas of daily life: saving energy by insulating and thus limiting heat loss, a simple principle but so effective".

Generous donation to small town in the Var - An individual has made a generous donation to a small town in the Var. It was during the last local council of La Motte that local officials voted unanimously to accept a donation of 50,000 euros. The individual wishes to remain anonymous.

British Prime Minister announces new Brexit Freedom Bill - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a bill which he says will save British businesses 1.2 billion euros by reducing the "red tape" inherited from the European Union. Johnson announced the bill to quickly turn the page on legislation inherited from the European Union, two years after Brexit was introduced. The new Brexit Freedoms Bill aims to facilitate the process already underway to modify or abandon and replace laws inherited from the European Union. According to the UK government, these reforms will save British companies a billion pounds (1.2 billion euros) in "red tape". But many companies complain about the obstacles created by Brexit. According to a survey of the British manufacturing sector published recently, two-thirds of companies surveyed believe that Brexit has hampered their business to varying degrees. Half of them fear that they will face new difficulties this year, with the full entry into force of customs controls.



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