Lunchtime News Monday 7th December 2020


March of solidarity for British ex-pat shot accidentally - British ex-pat Morgan Keane was accidentally shot and killed by a hunter last week and more than 900 people in southwest France have taken part in a march of solidarity in honour of the 25 year old man.

Keane was shot and killed by a stray bullet fired by a hunter. The death shocked the community and beyond.

Nightclub owners target speed radars - Tired of "not being listened to" by the French government, nightclub owners in the Var and the Bouches du Rhone have stuck messages on the region's speed radars.

Nightclub owners say that after nine months of “no income” and “no prospect” of opening they are “desperate”. 

Radars from Toulon, to Aix-en-Provence, via Marseille saw messages posted on them. One representative for the region’s collective of nightclub owners said that some in the industry have "even tried to take their own lives and that the rate of depression in the profession is unprecedented".

Study - A study from the Institut Pasteur has shown that 10% of people in France have already been infected with Covid-19.

The Ile-de-France the Grand-Est, and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes showed the highest percentage of infections while in Brittany, only 3.6% of the population have contracted the virus.

One of the authors of the study and a member of government’s Scientific Council said “In all regions there is a risk of a significant third wave. We must stay vigilant, everywhere.”

Menton Lemon Festival - It’s been announced that the Menton Lemon Festival is to be postponed due to Covid-19. The event was scheduled from February 13th to 28th. The news comes after it was announced that the Nice Carnival is also postponed.

And Finally

The hills are alive with optimism. According to new research mountains can leave you feeling optimistic and help boost your inspiration.

The study which looked at how different natural environments affect your mood found water to be the most effective at increasing positive emotions such as happiness and inspiration.

Waterfalls were the most effective at boosting creativity and determination while meadows and fields were most likely to enhance energy and trigger excitement.

Woodland helped to forget worries and give clearer thoughts.

Researchers say that the study is a step towards understanding the link between nature and specific mood states.




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