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The grim inside story of how France struggled to deal with the Covid dead

By Lou syrah
A scene of mourning at Strasbourg, north-east France, November 1st 2020. © AFP A scene of mourning at Strasbourg, north-east France, November 1st 2020. © AFP

A report from a French government department has highlighted the major problems that took place as the country dealt with the victims of the epidemic in the spring. These included the enforced cremations of some of those who died, and funeral staff being exposed to danger of infection. The document, seen by Mediapart, contains a number of recommendations about what the state should do in the future. But as Lou Syrah reports, there are fears that without swift action the authorities could face similar problems - and greater anger - during the second wave.

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