Lunchtime News Wednesday 1st September 2021


Second firefighter dies following fatal road accident - The road accident which claimed the life of a 47 year old  firefighter from Monaco on Tuesday, has claimed a second victim, a 22 year old firefighter, also from Monaco, who was in a critical condition on Tuesday evening and has since died from his injuries. Two others are currently in hospital.

The collision occurred in Puget-Théniers on the RD202 when a motorist collided with the group of four bikers all firefighters from the Principality. The cause of the crash is still to be determined.

The Principality’s Minister of State Pierre Dartout and officials of the princely government visited the Monaco barracks this morning to support the firefighters.

32 year old serious injured after motorist hits pedestrians - A 32-year-old man has been seriously injured after a motorist collided with two pedestrians who were walking on the main square of Toulouse in south western France. The accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon. According to several witnesses, the motorist, in his 80s, was leaving the parking lot of the city’s main square when he lost control of his electric car. Police have opened an investigation into the incident.

Changes from 1st September - As with the first of every month in France from today September 1st, certain changes are to come into effect, from an increase in the price of gas, changes in the rules for working from home, an extension of the solidarity fund, some cigarette brands will be cheaper while the price of Netflix increases.  

The rules for teleworking are changing - A new protocol, to be will allow company management to decide with employee representatives, to define the rules for teleworking.

The solidarity fund is extended for one month - Throughout the month of September, the companies concerned will be able to continue to benefit from the fund under the same conditions as in August (compensation up to 20% of turnover).

Booster jab - Making an appointment for a booster dose of the vaccine against covid is now possible for those over 65 or with an underlying health condition.

The price of gas continues to increase - The regulated sales tariff for natural gas sold by Engie will increase by 8.7% (or 7.9% including tax) on September 1st, due in particular to the increase in prices worldwide.

Netflix prices go up - Watching movies or series on Netflix is ​​now more expensive. You have to pay 8.99 euros per month, compared to previous fee of 7.99 euros, for a subscription to the streaming platform, which allows you to view content on a screen. The offer which gives access to two screens simultaneously in HD quality is now 13.99 euros, instead of 11.99 euros. Finally, the "premium" subscription, for four simultaneous screens and programs in 4K, is now 17.99 euros compared to 15.99 previously.

The price of some cigarettes is falling - The price of a packet of certain brands of cigarettes has dropped slightly, according to a decree of July 23. Since September 1, a pack of 20 cigarettes of Lucky Strike blue and red, Gauloises Blondes blue or News red costs 9.90 euros instead of 10 euros. Some packages have seen a drop of 20 cents, such as the Camel Filters and Essentials, which are now sold for 10 euros instead of 10.20 euros.

Wearing mask extended to 15th September in the Alpes Maritimes - The obligation to wear a mask has been extended in the Alpes Maritimes until September 15th. The prefect of the region announced the extension. The measure does not apply to those under 11 years of age.

PCR testing in Monaco - In order to control the health situation and avoid a rise in covid cases the government here in the Principality has strongly recommended that residents, employees and children attending school in the Principality get tested upon return from their vacation. Those who wish to, can benefit from a free PCR screening without a medical prescription at the National Screening Center located in the Rainier III Auditorium until 11th September. It is necessary to make an appointment beforehand at the Covid-19 Call Center at 92 05 55 00.

Pay rise for teachers - France’s Minister of Education has said that the salary increase planned for French teachers could lead to salaries of 2,000 euros net per month for all teachers, from 2024. Jean-Michel Blanquer confirmed, during an interview his commitment concerning the revaluation of teachers' salaries, setting an objective of "2000 euros net minimum for any teacher in 2024".

French teachers, considered to be one of the lowest in Europe, as the minister said he "fully understood" the French teachers who are demanding an increase in their salary.

Big John dinosaur to be auctioned in Paris - An auction house in Paris is organizing the sale of a dinosaur: a triceratops, called Big John. Its skeleton is made up of 200 pieces, making it a 66 million year old jigsaw puzzle. Eight meters long, three meters high and weighing 650 kilos the bones of Big John were found in 2014 in the American Midwest. Restored in Italy, it was assembled on Tuesday, August 31 in Paris, under the gaze of onlookers.

Cartier watch found in canal by magnet fishermen - Two magnet fishermen in northern France have found a Cartier watch in a canal near their home. The father and son had only recently taken up the pastime of magnet fishing or pêche à l’aimant, which involves searching for metal objects in rivers and canals. Previous outings had resulted in finding nothing but bicycles and razor blades.

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