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Paris's Orly airport to shut as passenger numbers plunge amid coronavirus crisis

Tue, 31/03/2020 - 13:59
Paris’s Orly airport will shut down on Tuesday in light of the collapse in air traffic amid the coronavirus crisis.

Vulnerable people ‘more isolated than ever’ during France’s coronavirus lockdown

Tue, 31/03/2020 - 13:08
Despite the coronavirus pandemic raging across the globe, France’s social workers continue to do their jobs supporting vulnerable people. One such worker, based in the town of Roanne in central France, expressed anxiety about the impact of confinement on the often fragile people with whom he is working.

Two adults, two kids, one square metre each: trapped in a shoebox under lockdown

Tue, 31/03/2020 - 10:21
A nationwide lockdown intended to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic has turned ordinary hardship into a living nightmare for French families living in cramped and overcrowded dwellings, with experts warning that homelessness and inadequate housing will only worsen the health crisis. 

Macron to visit mask factory as French health workers complain of acute shortage

Tue, 31/03/2020 - 08:59
French President Emmanuel Macron was to visit a mask factory in western France on Tuesday amid a continuing row over the acute shortage of masks for health workers battling the coronavirus epidemic that has killed more than 3,000 people in the country.

French watchdog warns of dangerous side effects of unproven COVID-19 treatments

Tue, 31/03/2020 - 07:33
France's drug safety agency warned on Monday of potentially serious side effects of treatments being tested against the new coronavirus after the deaths of three people possibly linked to self-medication.

France to put domestic violence victims in hotels as numbers soar under coronavirus lockdown

Mon, 30/03/2020 - 20:36
France said on Monday it would pay for hotel rooms for victims of domestic violence and open pop-up counselling centres after figures showed the number of abuse cases had soared during the first week of a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.  

Coronavirus: France reports record 418 fatalities in 24 hours, death toll surpasses 3000

Mon, 30/03/2020 - 18:03
French health authorities reported 418 new deaths from coronavirus on Monday, taking the total to 3,024 or an increase of 16%, France becoming the fourth country to cross the 3,000 fatalities threshold after China, Italy, and Spain.

‘Our lives under lockdown’: How the French are dealing with social isolation

Mon, 30/03/2020 - 16:03
From keeping fit to learning how to cook or play guitar: FRANCE 24 spoke to people across France, under lockdown since March 17, to find out how they are coping with home confinement amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

France urges firms accepting state aid during crisis not to pay out dividends

Mon, 30/03/2020 - 13:01
France stepped up on Monday its calls for firms using state aid to keep afloat during the coronavirus crisis to not pay out dividends to shareholders this year.

French high-school students will take finals despite lockdown, minister says

Mon, 30/03/2020 - 10:31
French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer on Monday said he would announce details of the 'baccalauréat' final exams by the end of the week as French schools entered their third week of a lockdown aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus.

Winter on the French island of Corsica

Mon, 30/03/2020 - 09:46
It's winter on the French island of Corsica, a place nicknamed the island of beauty. In the village of Piana, we meet Antoine (pictured), a shepherd who will spend six months creating the brocciu, a traditional cheese made from goat's milk. Meanwhile, we see how the island's last travelling butcher keeps life going in the most remote hamlets. For the past 34 years, Jean-Charles has been criss-crossing the treacherous roads of Corsica to keep his customers happy.

France records 292 virus deaths in a day, total death toll of 2,606

Sun, 29/03/2020 - 17:48
French health authorities reported 292 new deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, up 13% on the previous day and taking the total to 2,606 since March 1, as the government raced to relieve pressure on overwhelmed hospitals in the east. 

'We live in fear every day': French funerals in the time of the coronavirus

Sun, 29/03/2020 - 14:19
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across France, funeral home directors face the delicate task of protecting their staff while supporting grieving families, all while the country remains in lockdown.    

France evacuates more coronavirus patients from east to free up hospital beds

Sun, 29/03/2020 - 12:17
France evacuated 36 more coronavirus patients from the hard-hit east to western areas on Sunday, hoping to free up intensive care units as hospitals brace for even more serious cases in the coming days.

Coronavirus: 'The fight has only just begun,' says French PM

Sat, 28/03/2020 - 17:29
French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe warned on Saturday that "the first 15 days of April will be even more difficult than the last 15 days which have just passed" in France's coronavirus crisis, adding that, "The fight has only just begun." 

France issues call to 'buy French' as coronavirus erodes single market

Sat, 28/03/2020 - 17:03
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the Eurozone’s economy, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire issued a rallying cry to the nation’s supermarkets on 24 March: ‘Stock French products!’

France records 299 new coronavirus deaths in a day as fatalities climb to 1,995

Fri, 27/03/2020 - 18:49
French health authorities reported 299 new deaths from coronavirus on Thursday, taking the total to 1,995, as the government has decided to extend by two weeks the national lockdown, now due to end on April 15 at the earliest.

Confinement, week #2: An empty Paris, police patrols and homemade face masks

Fri, 27/03/2020 - 18:43
In the first edition of our new show "Confinement", FRANCE 24 reports on how France is coping with the coronavirus outbreak. The country has been under lockdown since March 17, but our team of reporters is continuing to inform you about this unprecedented situation. We bring you four reports showing how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of us all.

‘What public service is about’: French schools open to children of health workers battling virus

Fri, 27/03/2020 - 16:32
Although French schools are officially shut, some continue to care for the children of key workers on the coronavirus frontline. FRANCE 24 spoke to teachers who volunteer to look after health workers’ offspring even as they grapple with the challenges of home-schooling.

French PM extends coronavirus lockdown by two weeks until April 15

Fri, 27/03/2020 - 16:21
French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced on Friday a two-week extension of a nationwide lockdown in an effort to stem a surge in coronavirus cases across France.