Lunchtime News Thursday 30th September 2021



Government announces lifting of obligation to wear a mask in primary schools for certain regions - The French government has announced the 47 departments where the mask will no longer be compulsory in primary schools from Monday 4th October. The health protocol is to be eased in departments where the incidence rate is less than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, over five consecutive days. For 54 departments the health measures will remain unchanged including in the Ile-de-France and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Former French President found guilty - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been found guilty of "illegal financing of an electoral campaign". Guillaume Lambert, the director of the campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy, Philippe Briand and Philippe Blanchetier, members of the campaign financing association, Pierre Godet and Marc Leblanc, the party's accountants, have all been found guilty of fraud.

British rugby player is returning to the UK following five months hospitalization in Nice - British rugby player James Lasis, who suffered a life-threatening injury playing for his Nice rugby team back in April, is returning to the UK for intensive rehabilitation. It was at the stadium in Nice that James suffered a neck injury resulting in five months of hospitalization. The player has now been offered treatment at the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre in Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital in the UK. Speaking to reporters James said that while he is eager to move forward with the high-intensity programme for injured sportsmen and women in the UK, he’ll be returning to France as soon as he can.

Rare gold coins - 239 rare gold coins dug out of the walls of a mansion in western Brittany have gone under the hammer for more than 1 million euros. Stonemasons discovered the pieces of gold, minted before the French Revolution, in a metal box when they began renovating a property in 2019. The family kept four coins as souvenirs and put the rest up for auction in the western town of Angers, with an estimated value of between 250,000 and 300,000 euros.



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