Lunchtime News Wednesday 9th March 2022

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Police officer commits suicide - A police officer from the Draguignan police station has committed suicide at his home in the Var. Police discovered his body on Tuesday. In France, since the beginning of the year 18 police officers have taken their own lives. In the face of a rise of suicide within the police force in France the French government last year set up a helpline as well as a psychological support cell.

Covid cases increases for first time in six weeks - For the first time in six weeks the number of covid cases in the Alpes Maritimes has increased. According to Public Health France the incidence rate increased slightly from 562 weekly cases to 570. In Monaco on Tuesday 37 new cases of covid were identified bringing the total number of residents affected to 9,605. Fifteen people are in hospital and eighty-six are being followed by the Home Monitoring Centre.

End of health protocol in companies - Meanwhile France’s Employment Minister Elisabeth Borne has announced the end of the health protocol in companies. Speaking on French television she said that from next Monday, 14 March, "we are going to resume normal rules in business". However, new guidelines will be introduced which will permit employees who wish to continue wearing a mask at work to do so.  The minister said that teleworking will be a matter for discussion between employers and employees. The French government has already announced the loosening of various Covid-19 restrictions from next Monday. The compulsory wearing of masks in almost all places where it is currently required will end but will still be required on public transport. The vaccination pass will also be suspended from March 14th.

Poll shows large majority of French concerned about Ukraine war - According to a new Elabe Opinion poll, 90% of French people say they fear the conflict in Ukraine. The survey showed that 89% of French people fear that the military conflict will spread to countries other than Ukraine and 68% fear the possible arrival of the conflict in France.

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