Lunchtime News Tuesday 18th May 2021


Health Minister suggests France will soon be without a mask outdoors but, doesn’t give a date - France’s Health Minister Olivier Véran has said that France will "soon" reach a point where the mask will no longer be compulsory outdoors, although no date was given. The minister added that "If the circulation of the virus continues to decline, then the move would be quickly considered”. Veran concluded that the biggest mistake would be “to go too fast too soon and see yet another increase in the number of cases”.

Fete de la Musique to go ahead according to France’s Culture Minister - France’s Minister of Culture has said that the Fete de la Musique will go ahead on June 21st with an 11pm curfew, specifying that a health pass will not be required. The Fete de la Musique was created in 1982 in France.

Cap 3000 will reopen tomorrow - And one of the largest shopping centres in France, with nearly 300 stores, is eagerly awaiting tomorrow’s reopening. Cap 3000 will welcome customers from tomorrow Wednesday 19th May after months of closure due to the health crisis.

In other news 

France’s Interior Minister shows support for the police - France Minister of the Interior has said that the anger amongst police in France was "legitimate" following the recent attacks targeting officers. Gérald Darmanin has announced his presence at the "citizen march" for police officers which is scheduled on Wednesday, May 19th. The march was initiated following the death of Eric Masson, the police officer killed in early May in Avignon during an anti-drug operation. Thousands of police are expected to gather on Wednesday afternoon in front of the National Assembly in Paris. The march organized by the inter-union, has also invited "citizens" to come and show their "support".

Monaco Grand Prix - As Monaco prepares for this weekend’s Grand Prix visitors are reminded that they will need to provide a negative PCR test to access both the Principality and the circuit. Residents and citizens are free to access the circuit without the need for a negative PCR test and the same applies for students in Monaco and children under 11 years of age. Employees of the Principality are also able to access the Principality freely without the need for a PCR test, however proof of employment is required.

Cannes Film Festival - The Cannes Film Festival will present its 74th edition on Thursday 3rd June and unveil its eagerly awaited Official Selection, five weeks ahead of the opening of festivities. The Festival is to be held this year from July 6th to 17th on the Croisette.

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