Lunchtime News Tuesday 27th April 2021

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Missing person - Police in the Var have launched a missing person appeal after 55 year old Magali Brun went missing on Friday 23rd April. The 55 year old had left her home in Sanary sur mer at lunch time accompanied by her dog. Police began searching the area after her dog returned home without her. Magali was last seen wearing leggings and a dark blue jacket over a white T-shirt. Described as having shoulder length brown hair, she has three tattoos, one on the right wrist and two on the left hand.

If you have any information, please contact the Sanary police station at 04.94.88.53.58 or 04.94.88.53.54.

Accident in Nice interrupts tram services - A man in his twenties has been taken to hospital in a critical condition following a collision with a tram on Monday afternoon in Nice. The accident occurred shortly after 3pm on avenue Francois-Mitterrand. The victim was at the time riding a scooter. Tram services were interrupted between Pasteur and Garibaldi as emergency services intervened.

SNCF to increase the number of trains from May - The SNCF has announced plans to run more trains in May. Eight out of ten TGVs will be running on May 7th and practically all trains will run during the May bank holidays. The rail network announced that reservations are already open for this period as well as the summer holidays in July and August.

Monaco Formula One Grand Prix - Several scenarios are being considered ahead of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix which takes place in the Principality on May 23rd with the possibility of welcoming a limited number of spectators. Speaking to Italian media the CEO of Formula One Stefano Domenicali, said that the situation is “changing hour by hour and being monitored on a daily basis”.

Monaco announced ten days ago an easing of health restrictions in the Principality, but without taking a decision on public attendance at the Formula 1 Grand Prix however also indicating that "several scenarios" were being "considered by the authorities”.

Nice hospital installs mosquito traps - As temperatures rise and the region sees the return of mosquitoes Nice University Hospital has installed a system developed by a laboratory in Grasse. The traps, linked together forming a natural barrier against mosquitoes, have been set up in the gardens of the hospital. The device also works with the increasingly common tiger mosquitoes.

Muguets to go on sale - Unlike last year the lily of the valley is authorized to go on sale across France on May 1st. Last year, lockdown drastically restricted the sale of the little white bells. Now given the green light town halls across the region will also be able to sell them along with florists and street stalls. The public holiday celebrates the achievements of the labour movement. On May 1st, 1561, King Charles IX of France  received a lily of the valley  (or Muguets in French) as a lucky charm and thereafter decided to offer one each year to the ladies of the court.

Nomination for Cannes - Cannes has been nominated for the 2021 World Travel Awards.  The town is one of nine finalists for the top European destination for festivals and events and is one of seven finalists for the top seaside destination in Europe.

Nudist festival on the Ile du Levant - The first nudist festival is to be held on the Ile du Levant in the Var this summer. Entitled “Chiche” introverts and the shy are advised to refrain. From July 1st to the 4th 72 hours of shows will take place on the island performed by 30 artists.

 

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