Lunchtime News Wednesday 10th February 2021


Two people killed in helicopter crash at Courchevel - At least two people have died after a civilian helicopter crashed in the ski resort town of Courchevel in the French Alps. The accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon. According to a press release from the prefecture three others were injured. A witness alerted authorities around 5pm after seeing the helicopter fall. An investigation into the crash has been opened by police.

South African variant identified in the Alpes Maritimes - The regional health agency for the PACA region has confirmed that around ten cases of the South African variant of Covid-19 have been identified in the Alpes Maritimes region since the beginning of the week. The British variant was first declared in the region at the beginning of the year. Both variants are believed to be more contagious.

Case of Covid - A case of the Covid British variant has been identified in a class at the Marie-Louise Gachon school in Golfe-Juan. For the time being , the regional health agency has said that “no closure of the establishment is yet envisaged”.  Local media has reported that one or two cases of the British variant of Covid 19 as well as a more classic case were detected in two elementary classes at the school leading to parents expressing their alarm on social media.

Teachers at college in Nice refuse to teach - Teachers at the Louis Nucéra college in the Bon Voyage district of Nice have refused to teach this morning. The reason being that due to the declaration of two positive cases of the British variant of Covid amongst students the entire department, of ten education assistants and two senior education advisors were ordered to self-isolate and were replaced by people “not trained to do the job”.  

According to Olivier Roggeri trade unionist of the CGT “eight people were recruited ungently, including four students with no experience and four others from other establishments”.

With a majority of teachers refusing to teach if “nothing is done teachers have announced they plan to assert their right of withdrawal tomorrow Thursday 11th February, with no lessons being guaranteed.

Region and departmental elections postponed - The National Assembly in France has unanimously adopted the bill postponing regional and departmental elections. Initially, due to be held in March elected officials announced on Tuesday that they will now be held on June the 13 and 20th.

Tour de la Provence - As the first stage of the Tour de La Provence kicks off in the west of the Var tomorrow Thursday 11th February there will be several road diversions in place. This year’s event which will take place behind closed doors starts at 3.30pm passing through Sanary, Bandol and Le Castellet with the finish line on the port of Brusc.

Sections of the motorway will also be affected with exit 12 Bandol on the A50 being closed to traffic from 1pm to 5pm and at Six-Fours, the Pont de la Reppe, the Plage de Bonnegrâce, the Corniche de la Coudouliere and the Port of Brusc will also be closed between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to allow participants to finish the first stage of the competition.

Airbnb in the Haute Savoie offers chalet for one euro - Airbnb in the Haute Savoie has offered a month’s stay in a chalet in La Clusaz for one euro. The initiative in partnership with the local council is aimed at families planning to settle in the municipality in the future. The stay is on offer from April 10th to May 10th, provided that the health situation in France allows. The normal rate for the chalet which can accommodate up to ten people, is more like 6,000 euros rather than one. The CEO of Airbnb Emmanuel Marill said that “the opportunity will allow people to come and test their life changing project”.

Parents call police after teenage son refuses to clear away plate after dinner - Parents in the Limoges have called the police after their 15 year old son refused to clear away his plate. Police intervened after the parents used the pretext of a “family argument”. Upon arrival the police soon realised that there was no family dispute. The parents simply hadn't found any other way to force their 15-year-old son to clear his plate after dinner. Before leaving, police took advantage of their intervention to explain "that it was more a lack of authority than a problem for the police".


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