Lunchtime News Tuesday 18th August 2020

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15-year-old girl killed by a motorcyclist on the Promenade des Anglais - A 15-year-old girl has been killed after being hit by a motorcycle on the Promenade des Anglais. The accident occurred on Monday evening shortly after 9pm just outside the McDonald’s.  According to reports the young girl carelessly crossed the road to join her friends and died on the spot.

The group of six friends were treated for shock and the motorcyclist suffered slight injuries.

It’s the second fatal accident on the Promenade in the last two days. In the early hours of Sunday morning a 33-year-old woman under the influence of alcohol was hit at the level crossing of the Rue des Congrès.

Both accidents are being investigated to determine the exact circumstances.

63-year-old man dies in diving accident - A 63-year-old man has died in a diving accident in the Gulf of Fos-sur-mer in the Bouches-de-Rhone. The incident occurred at around 3pm on Monday afternoon.

Cross Med were immediately alerted as sea rescue services were deployed. The man’s lifeless body was discovered shortly after 4.30pm.

Some restaurants and bars in Nice face closure - More than 620 fines have been issued to bars and restaurants in Nice at the weekend for failure to comply health measure in place due to Covid-19, five of them could face closure.

After a series of police checks this weekend several fines and final warnings have been issued.

Fire risk - There is a high fire risk alert in place for today in the Calanques of Marseille with access to 15 forest areas in the department forbidden.

Firefighters are on standby and any outbreak of fire or apparent smoke is to be immediately reported to the fire services of the department by dialing 112.

Private jets continue to land on the Riviera - Private jets are still landing on the Riviera despite travel restrictions due to the current health crisis. Since the beginning of the summer, the rotation of private aircrafts has reportedly doubled compared to a normal summer, many of them arriving from Moscow.

Bol d’Or 2020 cancelled - Organiser’s of this year’s Bol d'Or 2020 in the Var have confirmed that the event has been cancelled due to the health crisis. The Bol d'Or is a motorcycle competition which takes place in the Var and this year’s 84th edition was due to be held from September 18 to 20.

National

Emmanuel Macron calls for unity and fraternity - French President Emmanuel Macron has called for the French to show unity and fraternity in the face of the coronavirus crisis and its consequences. Macron said that "At a time when France, like many other countries, is going through an unprecedented crisis, the health crisis requires that we all protect each other, that we are each responsible for all". The Head of States comments were made as he attended the anniversary ceremony of the liberation of Bormes-les-Mimosas in the Var, the town in which the fort of Brégançon is located, the Presidential holiday home.

During his speech, Emmanuel Macron briefly returned to the memorial controversy that erupted at the beginning of the summer after the death of George Floyd, a black man, during a violent police arrest in the United States. Anti-racist activists then attacked monuments and statues linked to colonial history or to the slave trade. Macron said that "We are still learning, as historians continue to reveal the truth, to better understand. But let’s not try to destroy statues and erase names”.

Paris city council rejects suggestion that Voltaire statue has been permanently removed - Meanwhile Paris city council has denied reports that a statue of Voltaire targeted by vandalism has been permanently removed.

The sculpture has disappeared, but according to the authorities this is a “temporary measure in order to clean and restore” the statue. Following an outcry from local elected officials who believed it to be a “response to pressure from anti-racist activists” the city council has assured that this is “not the case” and that the statue of Voltaire in rue de Seine in the 6th arrondissement “has been cleaned and will be reinstalled once restored”.

 

 

 

 

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