France grants citizenship to 12,000 Covid frontline workers

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The fast-track scheme announced by minister Marlène Schiappa is aimed at those whose jobs put them at risk in the pandemic.

Covid jabs mandatory in French Pacifc territory of New Caledonia

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The local parliament in France's South Pacific territory of New Caledonia has voted in favour of compulsory Covid-19 vaccinations of all its adult population and visitors to the archipelago over fears of the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus that is sweeping French Polynesia.

France ends blanket Covid crisis aid to businesses

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French economy and finance minister Bruno Le Maire has announced an end to across-the-board financial support to businesses to help them survive the downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic and resulting restrictions, detailing that future aid will only be made available on a case-by-case basis.

Another weekend of protests against France’s ‘health pass’ restrictions

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Saturday's protests were called for the sixth weekend in a row to denounce a new "health pass" system announced by President Emmanuel Macron that they see as unfairly restricting the rights of the unvaccinated.

Covid crisis in French Polynesia surpasses deadly surge in Caribbean

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Staff at the hospital in Taaone, Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, have been forced to install two dozen beds in the entry hall to the establishment.

French scientist who pushed unproven Covid drug may have to quit post

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Didier Raoult, who promoted hydroxychloroquine treatment, may not be able to continue his research as he has reached retirement age. 

Paris sends aid as Caribbean islands struggle with Covid surge

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Sixty Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in hospitals in Guadeloupe since August 9 out of a total of 357 since the beginning of the pandemic and incidence rate has shot up to 1,912 cases per 100,000 population.

Navigating the brave and sometimes baffling new world of France's Covid health pass

France— Chronicle

From Monday August 9th the French government made it obligatory to have a health pass for anyone wanting to enter a range of establishments or access services, from cafés to restaurants, cinemas to libraries and high-speed trains to hospitals. This meant thousands of people have been trying to get a QR code to prove they have been vaccinated twice, had a recent negative Covid test or that they had recovered from the illness in the last six months and thus had antibodies. For some, this has meant a long and frustrating time dealing with the complexities of a new layer of French bureaucracy. Khedidja Zerouali has been talking to people who have struggled to navigate their way around this brave new world of health rules.

Protesters in France denounce Covid-19 health pass rules for 5th weekend

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Demonstrators rallied through the streets of Paris, Marseille, Nice, Montpellier and other towns waving placards reading “Pass=Apartheid” and chanting “Freedom, freedom”.

France braced for 'anti-vax, anti-science, anti-state' protests

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Health minister Olivier Véran has written to health workers saying he will not accept any violence, intimidation, attack on them.

French overseas territories hit hard by the Delta variant

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President Macron called the situation is 'dramatic' as he opened a virtual meeting with his senior cabinet ministers to discuss the epidemic.

Emmanuel Macron, president of discord

France— Opinion

The scale of protests across France this summer against the policies being deployed to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic is the price being paid by the head of state for his authoritarian, lying and irresponsible presidency, says Mediapart’s publishing editor Edwy Plenel in this op-ed article. Never, he argues, has the issue of democracy been so relevant - and so urgent.

US warns citizens against travel to France over Covid concerns

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The State Department issued a 'Level 4: Do Not Travel' advisory for France on Monday, based on a parallel warning from the US Centers for Disease Control, the country's top medical body.

Record turnout for protests against France's Covid 'health pass'

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Nationwide protests against the introduction as of Monday in France of the requirement to carry a 'health pass' showing that a person has no coronavirus infection, or has had a double Covid jab, when entering public venues or before boarding trains and planes drew around 237,000 people, according to official estimates.

Popular SE France tourist regions witness surge in Covid cases

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Provence and the Riviera in south-east France, along with the Mediterranean island of Corsica, all highly popular summer destinations for tourists, have declared emergency measures to deal with a surge in hospital admissions of Covid-19 cases, with medical staff reporting that the patient age-groups are notably younger than previously seen.