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Macron announces bonus package for homecare workers amid COVID-19 crisis

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron receives the annual financial report on the French Presidency Budget of the Court of Auditors (Cour des Comptes) from First President of the Cour des Comptes Pierre Moscovici, at Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 28, 2020. Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday the country’s 320,000 homecare workers would each be granted a COVID-19 bonus of 500 euros, a package worth 160 million euros (144.3 million pounds).

“These men and women were the forgotten ones of the COVID bonus”, Macron said during a press conference in the southern city of Toulon, adding the French state would put up 80 million euros and the local governments the other half of the package.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Henri-Pierre Andre; Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Jon Boyle