Lunchtime News Wednesday 23rd February 2022


Missing - Police have appealed for information following the worrying disappearance of a teenager in Marseille. 16-year-old Syrine, has not been seen since February 14th after having gone to sleep at a friend’s house in the city. The high school student does have daily medical treatment and on the day of her disappearance, she was wearing a black fur jacket, a beige dress and black ankle boots. If you have information, you can contact the police station of the 14th arrondissement of Marseille on 04 84 35 37 00 or 17.

Vaccine pass expires for millions of French people - For millions of French people, the vaccine pass has expired as Tuesday, February 22, marked the deadline for having had your booster dose. The French government had opted for a tolerance of 7 days from February 15th, due to the time between the second dose and the booster dose being shortened from seven to four months. From today, all those who have not taken a booster dose within 4 months after an initial vaccination schedule will have their QR Code deactivated, making it impossible to go to a restaurant or cinema. This in fact concerns all French people without a booster dose and whose last injection was before October 22, 2021. Two Covid infections can also replace two doses of vaccine, to keep your vaccination pass. On the other hand, it is imperative to have received at least one dose. Thus, three Covid infections do not make it possible to obtain a vaccination pass.

Speaking on Tuesday, February 22nd French Health minister Olivier Véran suggested that a lifting of the vaccine pass could be possible under certain conditions, depending on the number of patients in intensive care or the incidence rate. On several occasions, the government has mentioned the end of the vaccination pass and the end of certain measures such as the obligation to wear a mask indoors in mid-March.

Emmanuel Macron announces campaign launch for March 5th - The pressure is mounting amongst the candidates for France’s presidential elections who have not yet gathered their 500 sponsorships as French President Emmanuel Macron has announced this morning that he will hold a first meeting on March 5th in Marseille launching his campaign ahead of the elections.

Delays on train network - There have been significant delays today Wednesday 23rd February, on the train network due to a broken-down train at Lyon Part-Dieu station. Traffic is disrupted in both directions until 4pm warns the SNCF, specifying that an intervention by its specialized teams is in progress. More details are available on the SNCF website.

Automobile Club of Monaco is hiring for Grand Prix - Registrations are now open to work at the Grand Prix’s in Monaco. As part of the 5th Monaco E-Prix on April 30th, the 13th Historic Monaco Grand Prix from May 13th to 15th and the 79th Monaco F1 Grand Prix May 26th-29th, the Automobile Club de Monaco is looking for people. To find out more and submit an application go to  Note that you must be at least 18 years of age.  

Paris Summer Olympics - Ahead of the Paris Summer Olympics 2024, Local authorities in the Haute Loire has said that the Olympic torch will not be passing through the region as it is simply too expensive. Haute-Loire is not the first French department to turn its back on this iconic symbol of the Games. Seven others - Indre-et-Loire, Lot-et-Garonne, Creuse, Haute-Vienne, Loire-Atlantique, Côtes-d'Armor and Orne - have already said they won’t take part in the traditional Olympic torch relay. The departments were asked to spend 180,000 euros to organise the passing of the torch in their territories, a sum that local authorities have described as "exorbitant."

Report claims “billionaires are burning the planet” - Greenpeace and Oxfam have denounced the disproportionate carbon footprint of French billionaires. The two NGOs have calculated that the financial assets of 63 French billionaires emit as much greenhouse gas as that of 50% of the French population. In the report published today Wednesday February 23rd, "Billionaires are burning the planet." Oxfam and Greenpeace denounce the significant greenhouse gas emissions generated by the financial assets of the richest French people. Greenhouse gases, produced by the combustion of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) and our way of life (transport, food, housing), are the engine of global warming. Several studies have already established the link between the level of wealth and pollution, between countries and within societies, but this report offers a new insight. The two NGOs were not interested in the lifestyle of these ultra-rich, presented as "the tree that hides the forest". “Beyond their way of life, it is their financial heritage, through their participation in polluting companies, which is the largest item in their total carbon footprint,” writes the report. This financial wealth corresponds to the assets they hold in different companies. Faced with this situation, Oxfam and Greenpeace are calling for a "radical and pragmatic correction" of carbon taxation, which weighs "4 times heavier in proportion to their income" on low-income households than on the wealthiest.


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