Fear and bitterness in France's care homes as second Covid wave arrives

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France's care home sector, which was on the front line of the Covid-19 crisis in the early part of the year, is now bracing itself for the second wave. A number of residential homes are already closed to visitors and in some areas staff have had to stop relatives climbing in through windows to see their loved ones. Amid the fear and anxiety about the rapid return of the Coronavirus, there is also growing bitterness among both care home staff and domestic carers that they have once again been overlooked. Angry representatives point out that their working conditions and pay have not been given the same priority as those of hospital staff. Mathilde Goanec reports.

Paris to shut bars and raise virus alert to maximum

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Gyms and swimming pools will also all be closed for two weeks in a bid to curb the spread of the virus, the city's police chief said, but restaurants will remain open if strict hygiene rules are in place.

Paris could see new restrictions as virus worsens in six cities

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One of the measures that could be introduced in the capital is the closure of bars and restaurants, an action already taken in Marseille.

Tensions mount in southern France over new virus lockdown measures

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The French government's attempt to contain a significant resurgence of infections of the novel coronavirus, with measures including early closing of bars and restaurants, is facing strong opposition in the southern city of Marseille and its neighbouring region, with local politicians and proprietors warning of a popular revolt.  

France reports record COVID-19 cases since end of lockdown

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The French health ministry on Sunday reported 4,897 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, which is a jump from Saturday's numbers when 3,602 cases were reported.

Party goes on for French ravers, despite pandemic and police

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French ravers speak of 'resistance' against a crackdown by security forces encouraged by locals to restore order.

How French farmers kept sales going during lockdown

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Farmers in the French region of Hérault have succeeded in continuing or expanding direct sales to their customers through new channels.

Macron rules out new general lockdown as virus cases surge in Europe

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The French president warned of the 'considerable ... collateral damage' of a lockdown, as he held talks with German leader Angela Merkel.

French jobless rate hits 37-year low as lockdown skews data

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Jobless rate fell to 7.1%, from 7.8% in the first quarter, hitting its lowest level since the second quarter of 1983, when it stood at 7.0%.

French PM rules out new total lockdown if virus epidemic returns

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Newly appointed French Prime Minister Jean Castex said his government is preparing for a second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, but ruled out a repeat of the near-total lockdown on public movement which was applied at a national level between March and May, and instead locking down specific areas of any resurgence, because 'the economic and human consequences from a total lockdown are disastrous'. 

France set to open cinemas, casinos as lockdown measures ease

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Casinos will  welcome gamblers from Monday while stadiums and racetracks will reopen on July 11, subject to a limit of 5,000 people, the government announced late on Friday.

France enters second stage of easing restrictions over Covid-19

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Three weeks after lifting the total lockdown intoduced in March to contain the Covid-19 virus epidemic, France will as of Tuesday further reduce limits placed on public movement, including a return to unlimited travel around the country, although the partial easing will be more limited in areas where the slowing epidemic is realtively high, including the Paris region.  

Renault to cut 15,000 jobs worldwide including 4,600 in France

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Of the 4,600 jobs to go in France, many would be through a voluntary departure plan and a retirement scheme, said Franck Daout of the CFDT trade union.

France to reopen cafes, bars and restaurants as lockdown relaxed

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A ban on travelling more than 100km (60 miles) has also been relaxed, but the bar on gatherings of more than 10 people remains in France.

Doubts over legality of law to tackle France's serial lockdown breakers


To ensure that citizens complied with the Coronavirus lockdown introduced on March 17th 2020, the French government drew up legislation to make breaches of the rules a criminal offence. But lawyers and academics have raised concerns as to whether part of that legislation – which can lead to jail for anyone who breaches the rules more than three times in a month – is constitutional. France's top constitutional authority, the Conseil Constitutionnel or Constitutional Council, is due to rule on the issue in June. Meanwhile there have been more than 1,500 criminal cases involving repeat offenders and a number of people have already been jailed. Camille Polloni reports.