Lunchtime News Wednesday 16th June 2021


Prime Minister to return after 7 day isolation due to covid - French Prime Minister Jean Castex is to return to work today after self isolating for seven days due to being declared a covid contact case. The latest PCR test has shown that the Prime Minister is negative and will receive his second dose of the AstraZeneca this week. The Prime Minister had received his first injection of AstraZeneca vaccine on March 19th.

French government in favour of banning advertising on boats - The French government has announced plans to ban advertising on boats. Following a ban on planes pulling advertising banners, which is to come into force next year, the government said on Tuesday that it also wanted to ban boats which circulate near beaches to carry advertising messages. France’s Minister of the Environment defended the amendment adding that they wished to go towards a "global preservation of  beaches" against this type of advertising adding that it doesn’t make sense to “ban advertising by plane on the beaches so that it comes back by boat”. The ban would only affect commercial advertisements and not for example sporting or nautical events.

Weather warning - Météo-France has placed 25 departments of western and central France on an orange weather alert today due to storms forecast following a peak in high temperatures. Thunderstorms are expected accompanied by hail and strong gusts of wind. While today is expected to be the hottest day of this late spring period, storms are expected to affect Brittany and Lower Normandy this afternoon, before intensifying and affecting a large area of ​​the South-West and Paris by early evening. The warning is in place until tomorrow morning at 7am.

Water - A 24-hour water cut scheduled today  Wednesday 16th June, due to work being carried out will affect certain districts of Nice and the municipalities around including Villefranche-sur-Mer, La Trinité, Eze and Cap d'Ail are also concerned. Eau Azur  is undertaking large-scale work to increase the capacity of the Villefranche-sur-Mer drinking water reservoir from 4,000 m3 to 7,500 m3.



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