Lunchtime News Monday May 31st 2021


Scientific council advises a close eye to be kept on travellers from the UK - The French government’s scientific council has advised France to “keep a close eye on travellers arriving from the UK due to the Indian covid variant”. From today Monday May 31st travellers from the UK must self-isolate but, experts warn that “this may not be enough” adding that “the spread of the variant could lead to another rise of the epidemic”.

Meanwhile today marks the opening of vaccination against covid to all adults in France. You can book by phoning vaccination centres - details can be found on - or online through various booking websites such as Doctolib You can also use the online tool Vite Ma Dose to rapidly find the next available appointment in your area. Only people aged over 55 are eligible for the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. These vaccines are available in pharmacies, and at your GP.

In other news

Increase in attacks on regions rail network - According to internal documents at the SNCF there has been an increase in the number of attacks on both property and people in the PACA region in trains and stations. Unions say that the deterioration is no surprise and is indeed, a result of “removing half of controllers on the rail work in 2019”.

Association hopes for an improvement of the Promenade des Anglais - The committee for the Promenade des Anglais in Nice is to hold a videoconference tomorrow Tuesday 1st June at 7 p.m. to discuss the rehabilitation of the Promenade. The president of the association refers to the promenade as an “urban motorway” and wishes to discuss the problem of pollution, noise pollution and the increasing number of accidents which occur on a daily basis.

International “no tobacco” day - As today marks international no tobacco day, a recent survey has shown that in France the number of daily smokers has increased  amongst the lowest income bracket in 2020. There were 33% of daily smokers last year compared to 30% in 2019 among the third of the population with the lowest incomes.

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