Lunchtime News Monday 6th September 2021


Weather warning - Meteo France has placed the  Alpes-Maritimes on a yellow weather warning with "thunderstorms" forecast. The warning is in place from midday to 9pm this evening.

Number of shopping centres affected by the health pass to decrease - Speaking to French media this morning France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has announced that the number of shopping centers in France currently affected by the health pass would drop from 178 to 64 from Wednesday 8th September.

Le maire said that “the health pass requirement in large shopping centres will be removed if the incidence rate drops below 200”. Nine departments of France will still be affected by the measure including the Var, Vaucluse, Alpes-Maritimes, and the Bouches-du-Rhône.

The health pass obligation will be lifted in shopping centers in the Isère, Loire and Haute-Savoie, Bas-Rhin, Paris, Yvelines, Essonne, Val-de-Marne. , the Val d'Oise, the Hauts-de-Seine and the Seine-et-Marne, the Charente-Maritime, the Gironde, the Landes and the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, the Haute-Garonne, the Hautes-Pyrénées and the Pyrénées- Oriental.

Drop in number of covid cases - France's Director of General Health Jérome Salomon has claimed that the number of covid cases in France has “dropped by 20% in one week”. For several days, the number of cases and hospitalized patients has been falling, possibly signaling the end of the fourth wave.

Health situation in the Var - Meanwhile in the Var the situation  is also on a downward trend. Figres published on Sunday 5th September, showed that there were 236 patients in hospitals in the region and hospital admissions over the last week have fallen by 30%. The number of patients in critical care in the Var has stabilized above 50, a number that had not been reached since May.

Since the start of the health crisis, Covid-19 has killed at least 2,062 Var residents (1,595 in hospitals, 467 in nursing homes).

As of September 2, 70.2% of the Var population had received at least one dose of the vaccine against covid, and 64.9% are completely vaccinated. This is two points lower than the national average.

Crit’Air pollution car stickers - Meanwhile Nice and Cannes are amongst six communes in the Alpes Maritimes which have introduced Crit'Air pollution car stickers. The Nice-Côte d’Azur area joins a list of low emission zones in France where entry will be limited to vehicles rated Crit’Air 4 or over. The Crit’Air rating is a mark out of five indicating how much pollution a vehicle produces. Motorists need to apply for a Crit’Air certificate which must be displayed on the vehicle’s windscreen.

Michel Platini wants to make football a part of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity - Former UEFA president Michel Platini has said he is working on making football a part of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Platini says he is ready to promote the idea around the world adding that the recognition would protect "the spirit of football" and "keep it a game, that it is not managed by an institution. He went on to say "football is a flame, it is a game, it is a passion. And I want it to be recognized like that by the Unesco".

And Finally

The world record for the longest rillette sandwich has been beaten in north western France. The giant snack, made on Sunday afternoon in Laval, measures over 81 meters.

It took almost 200 baguettes and a lot of organization to meet the challenge. At the initiative of the region’s federation of bakers the giant snack, made by dozens of bakers, pork butchers and volunteers finally reached the size of 81.20 meters long making it a world record.




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