Lunchtime News Thursday 9th December 2021


Fire - Thirty people have been evacuated after a fire broke out this morning at a chemist in a shopping centre in Cannes. Firefighters were alerted at 6.30 this morning Thursday 9th December, after thick black smoke was seen coming from the Leclerc shopping centre in the Ranguin district of Cannes. Police have since launched an investigation into the cause of the fire. No casualties were reported.

Cashier accused of scanning items for free for her friends - A hypermarket in Nice has filed a complaint against one of its cashiers. Accused of failing to scan certain items from customers who were actually her friends. The incident occurred twice, a first time on Saturday December 4th, when the customers left with goods worth 1,800 euros paying only 36 euros and a second time on Tuesday 7th December, once again with items were worth 1,800 euros but only 42 euros was paid. Three people have since been taken into custody for questioning.

Chemists to open on Sunday for vaccinations - France's minister of health Olivier Veran has announced this morning that pharmacists "who wish" will now be able to open every Sunday in December and January to vaccinate against Covid-19. This week, a decree published in the Official Journal revalued the remuneration of pharmacists who vaccinated on Sundays and that of liberal nurses vaccinating at home had also been revised upwards.

On Wednesday December 8th, more than 650,000 French people received a booster injection while a record number of 72,000 covid infections were recorded in 24 hours. According to the Minister of Health "this hadn't been experienced since the beginning of the pandemic". The minister said that the peak of contamination of the 5th wave could be reached "by the end of the month" if the French apply a "strict respect of barrier gestures" and limit gatherings.


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