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The French authorities have reacted to the dangers of losing tax revenues by insisting that Airbnb operators register their activity at the local town hall. The new requirement – for which hotel operators had been lobbying for some time – came into force on October 1, together with a raft of other changes.
Contactless payments can now be made for purchases up to 30 euros, instead of the 20 euros limit previously in force.
Other changes include a clampdown on using e-cigarettes in open workplaces, schools and public transport, with a 150-euro fine, and a five euro decrease in student housing benefits. Helpfully, the French government has asked private landlords to reduce rents by the same amount.
Gas prices will rise by just over one percent, and photographs of models that have been photo-shopped or edited will have to be labelled accordingly before being published in the press, on posters, or in adverts – a move designed to cut down on the growing problem of eating disorders among young women.
Now more than ever, health is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. On 7th April, we have an opportunity to thank the nurses and midwives of the Principality during World Health Day 2020.
Monaco’s support workers caring for the most vulnerable in the community are making heroic efforts to maintain vital ties to the elderly and disabled, whilst trying to remain safe themselves during the crisis.
Since confinement began on 18th March, the Monaco police force has made 11,000 traffic checks on drivers entering the Principality.
Prince Albert has warned the National Council that its criticism of his government’s management of the Covid-19 pandemic is unnecessarily escalating the tension and uncertainty surrounding the crisis.
Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatch is to host the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco on February 27, the third time he has hosted the Awards. The ’Sherlock’ star previously led the 2014 Awards in Kuala Lumpur and the 2015 ceremony in Shanghai.
His role playing Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, his performance as Julian Assange in the Wikileaks movie The Fifth Estate and as the Dragon Smaug, in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, have established Cumberbatch as one of the world’s most sought-after performers.
"As an actor, I am asked to play a variety of characters, from legendary detective, a master of the mystic arts or an enigma code-breaking genius. None of those characters though have helped me discover who the winners will be at this year's Laureus Awards," said Cumberbatch.
"All of the nominations are fantastic and, along with a stunning Monaco location, home of the Formula One Grand Prix, I know it's going to be a very special night. Join us!"
The Laureus World Sports Awards will celebrate sporting success and achievement over the past calendar year.