Lunchtime News Tuesday 29th June 2021


Mayor of Nice says he would be in favour of a health pass if health situation deteriorates - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has said that should the health situation deteriorate in the region due to the Delta variant he would be in favour of “introducing a health pass to go to a restaurant”.

Estrosi made the comment while speaking to French media on Monday.  While figures for the PACA region show one of the lowest rates of circulation of covid and one of the highest vaccination rates the mayor is aware that as tourists flock to the region this summer, the situation could change. In addition the mayor asked countries where the circulation is high to take stricter measures.

EU Covid travel certificate - An EU-wide Covid travel certificate comes into force on Thursday just in time for Europe's busy summer holiday season but the more-infectious Delta variant is already threatening to curtail its use. The EU document, sporting a QR code and available in digital form on smartphones or hard copy, shows whether the bearer is vaccinated with one of the EU's approved jabs, has recovered from an infection, or has a recent negative covid test. Under an EU law adopted this month, the certificate does away with the need for quarantines or further testing when travelling between the EU's 27 countries or four associated European nations (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein). Twenty EU countries have already started issuing and accepting it, with the others expected to follow suit shortly.

Paris is back on the map – President Emmanuel Macron is today Tuesday 29th June, expected to declare that Paris is back on the map of global finance when he inaugurates JP Morgan's new trading hub in the French capital – which he hopes will attract more bankers leaving post-Brexit Britain. Monday saw the head of state hold the now traditional "Choose France" summit in which he pitches France as an investment destination.



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