Lunchtime News Wednesday 29th December 2021


Weather alert - Four departments in the east of France have been placed on orange alert for rain and floods today. The departments are the Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Ain and the Isère. An orange alert for avalanches has also been set for Savoie and Haute-Savoie, with a less serious yellow avalanche alert placed on Isère. 

Nightclubs to remain closed - Nightclubs in France will remain closed for another three weeks from January 3rd. Closed for a month in early December due to the health situation the French government announced this morning that the closure will be extended for another three weeks. The initial closure of nightclubs ran until January 6th, but it seemed unlikely that they would reopen on that date, since the government announced that from January 3rd standing concerts would be banned, as would standing consumption in bars and cafes. The closure concerns 1600 establishments in France.

Primary school pupils - Classes in French Primary school's where a positive case of covid has been diagnosed will have to present at least two negative tests, several days apart to be able to return to school. On Monday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex underlined that the start of the 2022 school year will take place as planned on 3rd of January, but Covid-19 screening will be extended in schools, adding that the closure of schools would be the government's "last resort".

Refusal of a residency card - An Australian and New Zealand national has been ordered to leave France within 30 days. The man who has been living on a barge in France since 2011 was issued the order after applying for a residency permit in June. 82-year-old Bryan Griffin a former pilot had applied for the residence permit at the prefecture in Meurthe-et-Moselle (Grand Est) but on December 23rd Griffin received a refusal and a notice ordering him to leave France within a month. Bryan Griffin held a UK residency permit between 2010 and 2019 but entered France in May 2011.