Lunchtime News Thursday 10th June 2021

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Tiger mosquitoes - The Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region has been placed on high vigilance concerning the tiger mosquito with specialized services increasing their monitoring of the invasive and harmful species. The tiger mosquito has been identified in France since 2004 and as of May 1st last year, was present in 58 departments. It represents a danger in terms of its ability to transmit serious diseases.

Police are investigation Eze city council - Police are investigating Eze city council concerning several real estate transactions and public contracts. The Nice Prosecutor's Office opened a preliminary investigation for influence peddling, embezzlement of public funds and favoritism.

On Wednesday June 9th police officers from the Central Office for the fight against corruption and financial and fiscal offenses and the Nice judicial police went to the town hall of Eze-sur-Mer. Investigators also targeted the home of Stéphane Cherki, the mayor of Eze, as well as the premises of companies, hotels and restaurants. The police are interested in "several real estate transactions and public contracts granted by the city council since 2014”.

French President calls for more illegal foreigners to be expelled - French President Emmanuel Macron has called for more illegal foreigners to be expelled. Macron met with the Prime Minister, and several other ministers Wednesday, June 9th to demand a more efficient system in the expulsion of foreigners who are in an irregular situation.

Figures show that in France out of approximately 120,000 asylum seekers per year, 20,000 obtain refugee status, 20,000 return and 80,000 remain in the country illegally.

"Dieselgate" - Three car manufacturers have, following an investigation, been accused of fraud in the antipollution controls of older generations of diesel engines. After Renault and Volkswagen, it's French car manufacturer Peugeot which has been added to the “Dieselgate” affair which has led to legal action being taken in many countries and has already cost Volkswagen 30 billion euros, mainly in the United States where the German group pleaded guilty to fraud in 2017.

Insurance group Axa to pay 300 million euros to 15,000 restaurant owners - The insurance group Axa France is to pay 300 million euros to 15,000 restaurant owners to put an end to legal disputes. The group made the announcement this morning. The payment is to absorb part of the losses which have occurred due to covid.

Speaking to Europe 1 this morning Thomas Buberl, CEO of the Axa group said that "It is not a compensation, it is a transaction" in order to "put behind us difficulties and legal vagueness”. Nearly 1,500 restaurant owners, holders of an insurance contract with a guarantee of operating losses without damage, had taken the insurer to court to obtain compensation.

Andorra abandons airport project - The Principality of Andorra has announced that it has abandoned its project for an international airport built in the mountains. The country which wishes to develop its luxury tourism said that the airport did not offer all the security guarantees due to the configuration of the site. The project was to be one of the highest airports in Europe, 2,000 meters above sea level, near Pas de la Casa, in the Pyrenees.

The announcement in March of the project had led to opposition from many associations. They felt that an airport in Andorra was "really not a priority" and highlighted the threats to the natural environment.

Feeling hot - Temperatures are set to exceed 30 degrees this weekend in the north of France and up to 35 degrees in the south west, with some departments being placed on an “orange heatwave warning”. While some showers are expected to break out in the south of the French Alps and Corsica, elsewhere the weather will remain hot with Meteo France predicting that the high temperatures are expected to last until the middle of next week.

 

 

 

 

 

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