Lunchtime News Monday 7th June


Weather alert – Météo France has placed the Alpes Maritimes on a yellow weather alert today with thunderstorms forecast inland. The warning is in place from 1pm until 10pm this evening.

Travel - In line with new rules published by the French government fully vaccinated travellers from EU countries will be able to enter France without taking a covid test from this Wednesday June 9th. Fully vaccinated visitors from the United Kingdom and the United States will still be required to produce a negative test result. But they will no longer have to quarantine, and non-essential travel will now be allowed.

The UK and the US are classed as orange under the traffic light travel system France is introducing. Non-vaccinated visitors will need to provide a vital reason for entry, a negative test, and they will have to quarantine for seven days.

“Air Cocaine” appeal trial - The "Air Cocaine" appeal trial opens this Monday morning in Aix-en-Provence. The verdict is expected to be delivered after five weeks of debate on Friday July 9th.The case concerns a series of three suspicious transatlantic flights, scheduled between December 5th, 2012 and March 19, 2013. The last trip departed from Saint-Tropez and was interrupted by a police operation in the Dominican Republic. Local authorities at the time announced the seizure of 700kg of cocaine.

Police officers are at breaking point - A study carried out in France has shown that a quarter of police officers are faced with suicidal thoughts. Over the past 25 years more than 1,100 police officers have committed suicide or on average, 44 suicides per year. According to the study "40% of police officers are in psychological distress," 24% have even considered suicide or have heard colleagues wanting to do so in the past 12 months. It is above all working conditions that constitute a tipping point, with a bad atmosphere amongst colleagues or when the hierarchy is not listening.

To help the police on issues related to mental health, the president of the Mutual Security Forces, Benoît Briatte, says he wants to encourage and make access easier to "psychological consultations" as well as preventive measures.



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