Lunchtime News Monday 8th November 2021


Police officer attacked in Cannes - A police officer has been violently attacked with a knife in Cannes. The incident occurred at 6.35am this morning Monday 8th November, when a man with a knife, reportedly acting in the "name of the prophet", attacked a police officer at the wheel of his vehicle in front of the police station in Cannes. In a tweet by France's Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin following the attack, he confirmed that the aggressor had been quickly "neutralised" by three bullets which were fired by another officer in the car at the time of the attack and is in a critical condition in hospital. The victim meanwhile is believed to have been saved by his bullet proof vest. The minister of the interior announced that he would be visiting Cannes immediately following the attack. 

The bodies of the three missing French mountaineers have been found - Local police have announced that the bodies of the three missing French mountaineers have been found. Louis Pachoud, Gabriel Miloche and Thomas Arfi from Nice had disappeared on October 26th, in the Everest region. Local police announced today Monday November 8th, that they had identified them as those of the three climbers who disappeared after an avalanche in the Everest region on October 26. The bodies were discovered "in about the same area where the search was conducted".

Wearing a mask in Primary schools - Wearing a mask is once again mandatory in primary schools in 40 additional departments. In total 61 departments in France are to date concerned by the obligation. Since October 10th, infections have been on the rise in France with 61 departments making it mandatory on October 30th. A large majority of the departments of the South-East and Pays de la Loire have exceeded the alert threshold set by the Ministry of National Education.

Princess Charlene of Monaco returns to the Principality this morning - Princess Charlene has returned to Monaco this morning after a ten-hour night flight from South Africa, the princess arrived at dawn at Nice airport, before returning to the Principality. After eight months away from the Principality Princess Charlene is back and was given a warm welcome from her husband and children with a gigantic bouquet of flowers at Monaco's heliport. A reunion full of emotion as the couple and their children had not been reunited, all four, since August. The return of Princess Charlene of Monaco closes a harrowing episode of health for the sovereign's wife. Last March, the princess left for a trip of a few days to South Africa when an infection, forced her to remain in the country and undergo several procedures under general anaesthetic over the past eight months, before making a recovery to be able to travel.

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