Lunchtime News Wednesday 30th September 2020

Local

Maurice Agnelet released for medical reasons - Maurice Agnelet has been released for medical reasons. The 82-year-old former lawyer was given a 20 year prison sentence in 2014 for the assassination of Agnes Le Roux, the heiress of the Palace of the Mediterranean. Her body has never been found.

Following the decision the prosecution has announced that it will appeal.

Project for possible “pay toll” on the Promenade in Nice - Exasperated residents on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice are calling for action to fight against noise and air pollution. One suggestion being considered by the local council is the introduction of a congestion charge being introduced on the Promenade.

The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi is reportedly in favour of plans to set up "a kind of urban toll" under certain conditions which would include the Saint-Isidore motorway toll being removed, as freight transport accounts for half of the city's road pollution.

The mayor of Nice also hopes to propose a cleaner and more environmentally friendly delivery system in the city center of Nice.

National

Covid-19 “miracle molecule” - A “miracle molecule” that appears to be effective against the virus that causes Covid-19, with almost no side effects, has been discovered at the Institut Pasteur in Lille.

The treatment is already used in several European countries for other conditions.

After extensive tests at the Hauts-de-France laboratory, the medication has been found to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2 - the virus that causes Covid-19 - with few, if any, side effects.

Migrant camp dismantled - French police have dismantled a migrant camp near Calais. The camp was home to nearly 800 migrants hoping to travel to the UK.

Regional authorities said on Tuesday that around 600 had been put on buses and sent to other migrant centres elsewhere in France.

The operation is thought to be the biggest of its kind since the Calais Jungle was dismantled in 2016.

500,000 euros cash found in cellar - A 55 year old Parisian woman has discovered 500,000 euros in cash after inheriting a property in the French capital.

The owner immediately contacted police after the money was found hidden in a suitcase in the cellar on Monday.

And Finally

Five foul-mouthed parrots had to be separated at a Lincolnshire zoo after teaching each other how to swear.

While grey parrots can develop a vocabulary of more than 2,000 words these were maybe not the words that the staff at the Wildlife park were imagining.  Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade, and Elsie - joined Lincolnshire Wildlife Park's colony of 200 grey parrots in August

However, they soon taught each other how to swear - and swore at visitors, as well as staff. Steve Nichols, CEO of the wildlife park,said : "We saw it very quickly; we are quite used to parrots swearing but we've never had five at the same time.

The parrots have since been distributed to different areas of the park so they do not "set each other off". Mr Nichols explained that nobody had complained about the parrots, but officials decided to separate them due to concern for younger visitors.

As far as breaking records Prudle, one Guinness Book of World Record holder, is an African Grey with a vocabulary of 800 words

 

 

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