French care homes face ethical crisis over life or death issues as virus takes its toll

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“It was brutal,” said 'Carine', a care home nurse from near Paris. Just a week ago she had told Mediapart about the measures put in place to deal with residents who might catch Covid-19 at the nursing home in the Hauts-de-Seine département or county west of the French capital where she works. Fast forward seven days and she now finds herself in the front line of the epidemic.