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France to give $9 billion in pay raises to health care workers – CNN

(CNN)France will give health care workers across the nation $9 billion in pay raises in recognition of their work during the pandemic, the country’s Prime Minister Jean Castex has said.

Castex, the Health Minister Olivier Véran and trade union representatives signed the agreement on Monday in Paris.
In April, the French government said it would pay medical health care workers a bonus of up to $1,634 for treating Covid-19 patients. Hospital staff will receive $544 and those working directly in coronavirus-impacted areas will get $1,634.
Under the new measures, non-medical health care workers will also receive a pay rise of $208 per month. This will be implemented across two stages — the group will receive a $102 pay rise from September 2020 and a further additional $106 from March 2021.
French health care workers held protests in June demanding better working conditions. Their demonstrations triggered a nationwide debate about their treatment.
Activists from left-wing group Attac and Inter-Urgences, an association of paramedical staff, sprayed red paint on France’s Health Ministry building in Paris on June 20 as part of the protests.
“No one can doubt that this is a historic moment for our healthcare system,” Castex said in a speech Monday. He added that the pay package recognized workers on “the frontline of the fight against the unprecedented, enduring and strong epidemic.”
“It’s way of catching up for the years of delay where each and every one of us, including maybe even myself, has their part of the responsibility” he said.
The Prime Minister added that the French government had a “clear objective” in providing “better working conditions in all health establishments,” in a post on Twitter.
Véran also took to Twiiter on Monday to pay tribute to workers who had “fought to save lives without ever losing heart.”
“Beyond recognition they expected acts: this is the objective of the [agreement] with a historic revaluation of salaries,” he wrote.
The package for health workers follows the French government’s $16.9 billion funding pledge to support the country’s aviation industry and an $8.8 billion bailout for its embattled car companies.
In June, France’s $3 trillion economy grew for the first time since February, as coronavirus restrictions were eased.

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Covid-19: France, Italy, Germany and Netherlands sign vaccine deal for Europe – FRANCE 24 English

Pharma giant AstraZeneca struck a deal Saturday with Europe’s Inclusive Vaccines Alliance to supply up to 400 million doses of an experimental Covid-19 vaccine, as efforts to boost manufacturing capacity continue at pace.

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France says coronavirus death toll rises to 27,625 – Reuters

A sign reading informations about the safety restrictions due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the entrance of a beach on the Promenade des Anglais, after France reopened its beaches to the public as it softens its strict lockdown rules, in Nice, France, May 16, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

PARIS (Reuters) – French health authorities reported 96 new coronavirus deaths on Saturday, as the country eases from a two month lockdown.

In a statement, the health ministry said the figure had fallen slightly from 104 fatalities on Friday. This brings France’s total to 27,625, the fourth-highest tally in the world, after the United States, Britain, and Italy, and just ahead of Spain.

The ministry said the number of people in hospital fell to 19,432 from 19,861 on Friday and the number of people in intensive care dropped to 2,132 from 2,203 on Friday.

Both numbers – key indicators for the French health system’s ability to cope with the epidemic – have been on a downtrend for four to five weeks and peaked at over 32,000 and over 7,000 respectively in early to mid-April.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Edmund Blair and Alexandra Hudson

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France to ease lockdown to avoid economic ‘collapse’ – Financial Times

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