Geert De Clercq

Macron says France's pension reform cannot go ahead as planned

Jun 03 2021

PARIS (Reuters) -French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged on Thursday that his planned pension reforms cannot go ahead as planned in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, retreating on one of the signature measures he promised when he came to office.

France lifts domestic travel limits but curfew stays in place

Apr 22 2021

PARIS (Reuters) -France will lift domestic travel restrictions from May 3 but a 7 p.m. curfew will remain in place until the COVID-19 epidemic is under control, the prime minister said.

Air France to boost China Eastern venture after share issue

Apr 12 2021

PARIS (Reuters) -Air France-KLM will expand its partnership with China Eastern Airlines, as the Chinese carrier contributes to a 1 billion-euro ($1.2 billion) share issue heavily backed by the French government, the airline group said on Monday.

Macron orders COVID-19 lockdown across all of France, closes schools

Apr 01 2021

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday ordered France into its third national lockdown and said schools would close for three weeks as he sought to push back a third wave of COVID-19 infections that threatens to overwhelm hospitals. | Video

COVID-19 situation in Paris region very worrying, minister says

Mar 11 2021

PARIS The COVID-19 situation in greater Paris is "especially worrying" and the government will take extra restrictive measures there if the pandemic continues at its current pace, France's health minister said on Thursday.

Lockdown for Dunkirk, other areas under watch as French COVID-19 cases spike

Feb 24 2021

PARIS France's government on Wednesday ordered a weekend lockdown in the Dunkirk area to arrest an "alarming" rise in COVID-19 cases, signalling extra curbs might also be needed elsewhere as daily cases nationwide hit their highest since November.

Sewage samples show COVID-19 spreading fast in some French cities

Feb 11 2021

PARIS Sewage samples from a new nationwide COVID-19 monitoring system show that in some French cities traces of coronavirus are spiking above levels seen during the second wave of the epidemic in the autumn.

French health body approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Feb 02 2021

PARIS France's top health advisory body on Tuesday approved the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, but said the shot should only be administered to those aged under 65.

France probably needs new lockdown as early as February -top adviser

Jan 24 2021

PARIS France probably needs to move into a third lockdown, perhaps as early as the February school holidays, because of the circulation of new variants of the virus, the government's top medical adviser on COVID-19 policy said on Sunday.

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