Lunchtime News Wednesday 13th January 2021


Former convent in Nice to become a 5-star hotel - A former convent located in old Nice could become a 5-star hotel. Much to the delight of the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi. The Council of State has definitively closed a dispute between an association and the mayor of Nice. 

The Council of State has rejected the appeal of the association of residents Rey-Serruriers which was the last possible procedure in hope to block the building permit for a 5-star hotel, issued on November 8, 2016.

For the mayor of Nice, this project will lead "to the real rebirth of an exceptional building steeped in history and listed as a historic monument". Since 2016, residents of the neighborhood have opposed the project. Fearing that the convent, historical heritage, would be denatured but also that the tranquility of the avenue des Serruriers would be disturbed. An online petition was launched in 2016.

The luxury hotel is expected to offer nearly 90 rooms, with restaurant bar, library, swimming pool, and conference area. The reconversion project was proposed to the city by the Perseus group, specializing in luxury hotels. The city will remain the owner of the land, a construction lease will be granted to the company for 90 years. The planned investment amounts to around 36 million euros, entirely privately financed. Work is expected to start in spring 2021 for the hotel to open in spring or summer 2023.

Emmanuel Macron defends vaccination campaign in France - French President Emmanuel Macron, has reacted to criticism of the vaccination campaign in France saying that “those who say it’s not going fast enough should note, that the government is acting responsibly and that it takes longer than a tweet”. France was accused of a sluggish launch of the vaccination campaign which primarily concerns people living in retirement homes. By Tuesday 12th January some 190,000 people were vaccinated against Covid-19 in a campaign which was launched on December 26th. The figure according to Agence France-Presse (AFP), places France at the bottom of the ranking compared to other European countries.

The president of the Scientific Council which advises the French government on the health crisis speaks to France Info - The president of the scientific council, Jean-François Delfraissy guest on France Info this morning, has given details of the recommendations suggested by the council in monitoring the health crisis ahead of tomorrow’s announcements from French Prime Minister Jean Castex.

Delfraissy said that the council recommends that “schools remain open and also encourages a return of students to some universities after the February holidays”.  He added, however, that the scientific council recommends lowering the number of cases required to close a classroom which currently stands at three positive cases within the same class, due to the new British variant of Covid.

Concerning the variant, the president of the council expressed his concern saying that “France can only slow it down, it can no longer stop it". He also mentioned the South African variant saying that "There are three cases that have been isolated in France”. He warned that 2021 will remain overshadowed by barrier gestures saying that “three difficult months lay ahead but that the situation would improve significantly after the summer”.

France recommends a ban on nitrite salts - A parliamentary report presented today to the French parliament has recommended, the gradual ban by 2025 of nitrite salts in French charcuterie. Considered as a controversial additive which is used to extend shelf life. The authors of the report claim that “it’s a public health imperative”.

The report underlines that "French consumers are all the more exposed to the risks as their consumption of charcuterie greatly exceeds the recommendations formulated by Public Health France: 63% of people aged 18 to 54 exceed the maximum quantities of charcuterie recommended. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO), the consumption of cold meats and cured meats contributes in France to more than 4,380 cases of cancer.

Bouygues customers experience access problem - Many customers in France of the telephone operator Bouygues, have experienced accessing problems this morning following a technical problem. Many subscribers were without a network. The operator has since assured its customers that the incident has been resolved inviting them to turn off and on their mobile, in order to access the network. The problem was mainly identified in Paris Lyon Bordeaux Brittany and Marseille

And Finally

You can now get paid to be a slipper tester as a nightwear company is looking for a slipper lover to review their products - and it might just be the perfect job for life in lockdown

The company is looking for a man and a woman to be official "Slipper Testers" to try out its latest designs and they're looking to pay the lucky candidate.

Bedroom Athletics says the role is the "Cinderella of the job market" and is the perfect lockdown job for anyone who spends a lot of time at home - from a student to a part-time worker, or a stay-at-home parent.

Candidates must be able to wear slippers for at least 12 hours a day for two days of the month to test out and give extensive feedback. To apply go to the Bedroom Athletics website.




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