News roundup Monday 17 August

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A roundup of local news from Occitanie.

As from this Monday (17th) masks are now obligatory in public places in Béziers, Vias, Potiragnes, Valras-Plage, Sérignan, Palavas-les-Flots.  This applies to anyone over 11 years of age.  More details can be found here.

The famous French astronaut Thomas Pesquet posted an aerial photo of Montpellier on Twitter at the weekend. The mayor of the city, Michaël Delafosse, reacted, as did many locals.

Two people, aged 23 and 29 are missing after they were last seen in an inflatable boat on the Lac de Salagou, Hérault.

A man shot a police officer from the Castres police station while he was fishing in the town of Valdurenque in the Tarn region. The injured policeman awaits his operation in Toulouse.

Two cars were in a head-on collision on Saturday near the golf club in Lamalou-les-Bains, Hérault.  A five year old child, and a 65 year old woman were killed.  A seven year old child was helicoptered to hospital.

On the sidelines of the mini-feria organised in Béziers this weekend, 200 demonstrators opposed to the bullfight gathered on Saturday August 15. The mayor, Robert Ménard, was present. Dialogue between the two parties was strained.

Eight police officers from Béziers were injured by a 19-year-old man during an attempted tabac burglary on Saturday. Two were taken to hospital. The man was taken into custody.

Associations and teachers gathered on Friday in front of the Toulouse administrative court, to show their support for the 23 families threatened with being put back on the streets. The prefecture finally told associations by telephone that the evictions were being suspended.

Two men were found dead at the bottom of a well in a house in Villepinte, Aude. They were poisoned with carbon monoxide while they were emptying the well.

Lot firefighters responded to two caving-diving accidents this Friday August 14 at Saint-Sauveur in the town of Calès.

The University of Montpellier is still among the 200 best in the world according to the latest rankings.

Perpignan mairie announced this Friday that wearing a mask would be mandatory in certain streets of the city centre from this Saturday. These measures are taken in an attempt to slow down the return of the coronavirus.

More and more people can be tested for coronavirus thanks to the opening of new drive-ins.  The Regional Health Agency (ARS) have counted more than 1,000 positive cases detected in the Occitanie region in a week.

A serious road accident occurred in Pézenas, Hérault, this Saturday. Two cars were in a head-on collision on the RD13. 10 people were injured, two of them seriously.

An agricultural shed filled with fodder caught on fire in an equestrian centre in Sérignan, south of Béziers. The hanger was totally destroyed, but the horses were saved.