Keyword: Coronavirus

French military to join virus fight in France as death toll grows

President Emmanuel Macron said the military operation, named 'Resilience', will focus on "aiding and supporting the population, as well as helping public services face the epidemic in mainland France and overseas".

France reports 231 more virus deaths, taking total to 1,331

French officials said that the overall number of coronavirus cases had risen to 25,233, a rise of about 13% in 24 hours.

France sends 'medical fast train' to relocate the sick

The high-speed TGV, which left from Paris for Strasbourg and Mulhouse, transported four patients per coach with a medical team.

The French military's belated response in defending its soldiers from the virus


In all “several dozen” military personnel in France have contracted the Covid-19 coronavirus since the start of the outbreak. The Ministry of Defence in Paris insists that measures to stem the spread of the virus within the armed forces have been applied “very rigorously”. But the accounts of some soldiers and defence staff on the ground tell a different story and paint a picture of a command structure unsure how to react to the growing health threat to their own personnel. Justine Brabant reports.

French death toll 'much higher' than official data says hospital chief

Frédéric Valletoux, president of the French Hospitals Federation, said  official numbers do not take account of deaths in retirement homes as well as some people who die at home.

France's virus death toll rises by 240 to 1,100

A French public health official also said there are 2,516 people needing life support.

Covid-19: a diary of lockdown in a small French village

By Jean-Louis Le Touzet
A cat prowls freely amid the lockdown in Audresselles. © JLLT / MP A cat prowls freely amid the lockdown in Audresselles. © JLLT / MP

The introduction by the French government last week of a lockdown on people’s movements  amid the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic saw some city dwellers head for more pleasant surrounds in which to be confined. Sports journalist Jean-Louis Le Touzet was one of them, arriving just before the restrictions entered into force in a small village on the Channel coast, where he immediately began keeping this diary. In Audresselles, the health crisis is an economic catastrophe as businesses go to the wall in what Le Touzet’s British and Brexit-supporting neighbour, now confined in Europe, warns will be “worse than the crash in 2008”.

France’s virus death toll rises by 186 to 860, lockdown to last 'weeks'

As France entered the second week of a nationwide lockdown, the toal number of confirmed coronavirus cases also increased Monday to 19,856, or a rise of about 20 percent in 24 hours.

Clinical trials start in France for potential virus treatment

There will be 800 patients in France, where clinical trials were launched at the weekend.

Half of French football clubs 'face bankruptcy over virus'

Bernard Caiazzo, president of the group which represents clubs in the French top flight, also said that the season will not resume until 'at best on June 15'.

'Hero' doctor is first healthcare worker to die of Covid-19 in France

Jean-Jacques Razafindranazy, a 68-year-old doctor who treated patients for coronavirus infection at a hospital in Compiègne, north of Paris, has himself died from the virus his family has announced, describing him as 'a hero' who was retired but had returned to work to help overstretched colleagues. 

French recorded Covid-19 deaths rise on Sunday to 674

Official French figures released on Sunday evening indicated deaths so far in the country from Covid-19 coronavirus infection had risen to a total of 674, up by 112 since Saturday, while there were 16,018 cases of people tested positive for the virus.

French parliament approves Covid-19 public health emergency bill

The French parliament on Sunday approved the introduction of emergency legislation that gives the government special powers including restriction of people’s freedom of movement and to rule by decree to requisition certain goods and services as part of the effort to contain the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic.

French lockdown: man completes marathon run on his balcony

Confined to his apartment by the lockdown measures to contain the Covid-19 virus epidemic, Elisha Nochomovitz completed the distance of a marathon by running backwards and forwards about 6,000 times on his seven-metre-long balcony in Toulouse, southern France, over a period of six hours and 48 minutes.

Why social solidarity is a defence against the virus epidemic

By Jedediah Britton-Purdy (Jacobin)

The Covid-19 coronavirus is now spreading in the US, where if you have wealth or a salary, and enough space at home, you might be able to pull off the absurd trick of isolating yourself for a few months, writes Columbia Law School professor and essayist Jedediah Britton-Purdy, but for half the population with no savings, living paycheck to paycheck, which has to hustle every day to find work, this is simply impossible.