July 11th 2020

Day 114 – 27 th day of de-confinement phase III


Second weekly post. Much has happened in France in the past few days with the annoucement of the new government. A couple of surprises and already a couple of demonstrations against two nominations. But let us not forget that it is holiday time and recess of the parliement very soon. Basically quite a clever date for all these changes.

Talking about holidays, this weekend will be very busy on the roads as far as departures are concerned. Here follows the prevision for today:


The latest figures from Santé Publique France released this Friday show that the virus traffic is on the rise again. Although it has not yet reached worrying levels, the curve does seem to be reversing. Ten regions are seeing their number of cases increase, including the Ile-de-France and the Pays de la Loire, where the department of Mayenne is clearly more affected than the others. Admittedly, this increase can be explained in part by a more massive detection of cases, but not only, the specialists say. There is also a real concern linked to the slackening of behaviours. Fewer and fewer people are wearing masks, except on public transport where it is compulsory, and this in fact encourages the transmission of the virus. Abroad, Belgium has just decided to make it compulsory in shops and cinemas. The question now arises in France.

Pic of the day

Mosquito coast in Gruissan. Unfortunately I am not too impressed with the food. The spot is nice despite a very strong wind on that day (July 3rd 2020).

The daily dash board


Today’s data

New – Data from WHO



Data from July 10th

Information, news and tips

► Your train was late and you missed your connection? Are you aware that the European Regulation provides for compensation for delays on mainline trains? TGV, Intercity, iDTGV, OUIGO, Eurostar, Thalys, international… Find out about the different reimbursement methods offered by the SNCF.

The minimum compensation for passengers in the event of a train delay is :

25% of the ticket price in the event of a delay of between 60 and 119 minutes
50 % of the ticket price for a delay of 120 minutes or more.

Beyond this minimum guarantee, railway undertakings may lay down more advantageous rules.Depending on the delay on arrival, SNCF provides for compensation on the purchase price of :

TGV or Intercity train between 30 minutes and 1h59: 25% only in vouchers up to 59 minutes late and in vouchers or bank transfer from 1h to 1h59 ; between 2h and 2h59: 50% in voucher or bank transfer; from 3 hours: 75% in voucher or bank transfer.

SNCF train on an international route between 30 minutes and 1h59 : 25% only in voucher up to 59 minutes late and in voucher or bank transfer from 1h to 1h59 ;
from 2 hours: 50% in vouchers or bank transfer.

iDTGV or an OUIGO between 1h and 2h : 25 % in voucher ; from 2 hours: 50% in vouchers.

Eurostar between 1h and 1h59: 25 % in voucher or bank transfer (transfer limited to 50 % of the sum); between 2h and 2h59: 50% in voucher or bank transfer (transfer limited to 50% of the sum); from 3 hours: 75% in vouchers or bank transfer (transfer capped at 50% of the amount).

Thalys between 30 minutes and 59 minutes: 20% in voucher ; 1 hour to 1 hour 59 minutes: 50% off coupon; from 2 hours: 100% in vouchers.

TER No compensation is provided for. However, in the event of major disruptions, compensation may be granted to travellers (subscription extension or price reduction on the purchase of the next coupon).

► The program for the new season at the Theatre Jean Allary has been announced and can be found here. Most of the shows are in French of course but there are also a few concerts.


I think if would be a good idea if people contributed and suggested ideas and places they have enjoyed so we can share the info. Just email me with your info.

Here are a couple of suggestions from Mike and David

► Emma Kershaw’s Food and Wine Pairing at Château Canet. I think many folks know Emma already, and have enjoyed her events at her home in Coustouges in the Corbières. We are going to Château Canet today for the first session. 

►Each Tuesday (except early August) at 18h45 in the garden of L’Hôtel de la Cité, Jean-François Vassal, dressed up as usual as a chevalier, gives a fun presentation about L’Art de la Table around the 14th century. He’s humorous and animated. Folks may have taken one of his walking tours around the battlements of La Cité. He gives the presentation in French and English. To reserve, call L’Hôtel de la Cité, and ask for their events person. 04 68 11 23 00  The Facebook page for Jean-François’s company, ILC, has the details as well. 

Food and drinks

Bon appétit. Sorry if you are vegeterian.


The daily selection

Vintage adds

The dreaded statistics

Top countries according to the number of deaths (above 5.000)

Cases by country v population (1.000 deaths upwards) – Updated 17:45

France follow-up

Occitanie & Aude follow-up

Data from July 10th
Data from July 10th


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