Lunchtime News.Monday July 5th 2021

Delta variant-Regional health authorities say that two out of three new cases of coronavirus in the Alpes-Maritimes are of the Delta variant.

While hospital numbers remain low ,infection rates are growing and authorities are urging members of the public to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

The French government has said that anyone on holiday in the region will be able to be vaccinated and discussions are also underway to decide whether a health pass will be introduced for shops ,bars and restaurants.

 

Marseilles shooting- A man has been shot dead and a woman injured in Marseilles.

Police say that the incident happened in the 13th arrondissement of the city in the early hours of this morning.Reports say that the incident is drug related.

5 people have been shot dead in drug related murders in the city since the start of the year.

 

Tramway-Line 2 of the Nice tramway has been out of action this morning owing to an accident.

There have been no services on the line to the Port or the CADAM with passengers having to disembark at Magnan.

Reports say that services are now returning to normal.

 

Cannes-The opening ceremony for the 73rd Cannes Film Festival is taking place tomorrow evening with the festivities delayed this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Spike Lee is the president of the jury this year.

The festival didn’t take place last year and was moved to July this year instead of its normal slot in May.

 

Travellers- A group of travellers has set up an illegal camp on land on the avenue de Saint-Exupery in Mandelieu la Napoule.

Some 150 caravans and mobile homes are in the group.

On Sunday they caused a huge traffic jam on the A8 at the La Bocca exit causing a 6 kilometre tailback between 6pm and 8pm.

Meanwhile ,a group of 60 caravans has been set up on land near the municipal stadium at Pierrefeu in the Var.

The group arrived on Sunday and say they expect to stay for “around 10 days”.The landowner has started legal action to have them removed.

 

Wind turbines-Discussions are taking place as to whether wind turbines to create clean energy should be erected off the French Mediterranean coast.

French authorities estimate that if the plan goes ahead ,the turbines could provide clean energy to around 3 million people.

An area in the Gulf of Lion from Perpignan to Fos sur Mer is reported to be the ideal location for the project which has attracted widespread local opposition.

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