Keyword: novel coronavirus

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

By and Fanny Monier (illustration)
 © Fanny Monier © Fanny Monier

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).  

Why was a region of the French Alps suddenly hit by a Covid-19 ‘tsunami’?

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The Bacheux combe, in the Maurienne alpine valley of Savoie where Covid-19 took grip in November. © FBt/Mediapart The Bacheux combe, in the Maurienne alpine valley of Savoie where Covid-19 took grip in November. © FBt/Mediapart

When the coronavirus epidemic swept France this spring, the département (county) of Savoie, in the French Alps, was relatively unaffected. But last month, as the second wave of Covid-19 emerged, it became the country’s worst-hit by virus infections. Why? François Bonnet reports.