France ramps up vaccine programme as slow start sparks anger

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France's deliberately cautious approach has meant only about 350 people have so far received Covid vaccination jab.

Why France has been so slow to start its Covid vaccination campaign

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In his New Year's Eve address to the nation President Emmanuel Macron made clear his intention to speed up France's Covid vaccination programme, apparently stung by the country's slow performance compared with many others. Privately he is said to be angry at its “unwarranted slowness” and as a result the country is expected to step up its campaign this week. So far the number of vaccinations in France measures in the low hundreds compared with tens or hundreds of thousands - or even millions - in some other countries. Caroline Coq-Chodorge reports on the public mistrust that lies behind France's sluggish start in vaccinating its population.

France under pressure to speed up coronavirus vaccine rollout

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France is ‘wearing Europe’s dunce cap,’ MPs have warned, while doctors have spoken of 'excessive precautions' in vaccination campaign.

France sees sharp surge in new daily Covid-19 infections

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The French health ministry reported 26,457 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours on Wednesday, but the number of persons hospitalised for the disease declined by 183.

A year of Covid-19: the stories from an apartment block in Meaux

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As 2020 draws to a close amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Mediapart knocked on the doors of the inhabitants of an apartment block in the town of Meaux, east of Paris, to ask them about their experiences living through a year unlike any other. The lurking threat of the virus was of course a constant angst, but for many, it is the social and economic consequences that have marked them, and which leave them fearful for the future. Mathilde Goanec reports (illustrations by Fanny Monier).  

France plans 6 pm curfew to prevent third coronavirus wave

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But French health minister now rules out another nation-wide lockdown.

French minister warns that third lockdown cannot be ruled out

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Health minister Olivier Véran spoke as authorities in France fear arrival of a third wave in the weeks following the Christmas holidays.

France records first case of fast-rising UK new virus variant

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A French man resident in Britain and who arrived this month in the town of Tours, west-central France, has been tested positive for the new variant of the coronavirus which is suspected of being particularly contagious, although it is still unkown if it causes more severe forms of Covid-19.

France approves coronavirus vaccine rollout, starting Sunday

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An anti Covid-19 vaccine developed by US pharma firm Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech has been approved for use in France by the country's top health authority, the Haute Autorité de la santé (HAS), with vaccinations due to start on a voluntazry basis on Sunday, with a priority given for those most at risk.

EU commissioner berates France over southern England truck jams

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In an unusally strong statement posted on Twitter, the European Union's transport commissioner, Adina Valean, commenting on the massive logjam of trucks around the English port of Dover following border restrictions introduced by France after a new contagious strain of the coronavirus was found in the UK, said 'I deplore that France went against our recommendations'.

France reopens border with UK amid truck gridlock around Dover

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France has reopened its borders with the Britain – which were closed at the weekend due to fears over the spread of infections by a new coronavirus strain identified in England – on condition that travellers carry proof of testing negative for the virus, but the huge backlog of trucks that have been piling up around the normally busy port of Dover is expected to take days to clear.

France grants citizenship to immigrant workers on epidemic frontline

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Immigrants in France who were this year in frontline jobs during the coronavirus epidemic, including healthcare staff, shop workers and cleaners, are being offered fast-track French citizenship.

France 'to reopen UK border for truck drivers, nationals and residents'

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France is to reopen its borders with the UK, closed earlier this week over fears about the new variant of the coronavirus detected in England, but only to blocked truck drivers, French citizens and others resident in France, and on condition they present a negative result of a test for the virus, according to French media reports.

Covid-19: France joins countries banning arrivals from UK

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France on Sunday joined a growing number of EU countries closing their borders to British travellers following the rapid spread in England of a reportedly more infectious variant of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

French Covid-19 advisor sees no return to normal until late 2021

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Immunologist Jean-François Delfraissy, president of the Frances advisory body on Covid-19, the Scientific Council, said the coronavirus vaccine rollout will take longer than previously envisaged, and that a return to normal life post-epidemic is not likely to occur before the autumn of 2021.