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France bans domestic flights along many TGV routes
France bans domestic flights along many TGV routes
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The French parliamentarians voted by a majority for a ban on domestic flights on routes that can be covered by train in less than two and a half hours. Flights from Paris to Lyon or Bordeaux could thus soon be a thing of the past.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire had already voiced such ideas in May 2020, when state aid for AirFrance-KLM was decided. The weekend's vote picks up on these plans and aims to help reduce CO₂ emissions permanently - even if the air travel industry picks up again after the global pandemic. The ban is part of a broader climate law that aims to reduce French carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

Lifestyle • Food
First vegan restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star
First vegan restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star
Credit: ONA (Instagram Restaurant)

The Michelin Guide has awarded a star to a vegan restaurant in France for the first time. It was awarded to ONA, where top chef Claire Vallée avoids meat, fish, dairy products and honey in her dishes.

Vallée founded ONA in 2016 with the help of crowdfunding and a loan from an eco-bank. Gourmet lovers will find it in Arès, west of Bordeaux.

The name of the restaurant, which is currently closed due to the pandemic, stands for "Origine Non Animale," meaning ingredients that are not of animal origin. According to the Guide Michelin, guests could choose from seven gourmet dishes using ingredients such as pine nuts, celery, sake or tonka beans.

Health
Bordeaux: Doctor says ICUs are nearing capacity
A nurse preparing a COVID-19 patient for a procedure in intensive care
A nurse preparing a COVID-19 patient for a procedure in intensive care Credit: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sara Eshleman / Public domain

Dr. Olivier Joannes-Boyau, the head of the intensive care unit at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Bordeaux, told CNN that the city's ICUs are nearing capacity. His hospital only has 10 of 35 beds available. France is experiencing a resurgence of Coronavirus cases. Dr. Joannes-Boyau says the first wave was like a sprint while the second will be more like a marathon.

Dr. Catherine Fleureau, director of the CHU, agreed and said: "It's also going to be harder than last time, because this wave, I think, will grow progressively and then last over time."

Regional News • Europe • France
Marseille, Bordeaux: Stricter Coronavirus measures to curb spread of virus
Bordeaux, France during lockdown in March, 2020
Bordeaux, France during lockdown in March, 2020 Credit: Patrice CALATAYU from Bordeaux, France / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Marseille and Bordeaux announced stricter measures to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus. Work from home should be implemented wherever possible. Public transport companies are asked to reorganise to prevent overcrowding during rush hours. Major events are ordered to cancel or postpone. Sale of alcohol on the street after 8pm is now also forbidden in Marseille.

Christophe Mirmand, the government’s top official in greater Marseille area: "The virus has accelerated despite the obligation to wear a mask introduced earlier this summer. We need to take action to ensure health services can cope."