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French prime minister resigns before a cabinet reshuffle

French prime minister resigns before a cabinet reshuffle

| July 3, 2020

France’s prime minister Édouard Philippe (pictured) resigned on Friday (3 July), the first step in a major government reshuffle, according to the office of the French president. President Emmanuel Macron had widely been expected to extensively reshape his cabinet in a bid to begin a new phase after the coronavirus pandemic devastated the nation, in […]

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French new #Coronavirus deaths steady but cases rise

French new #Coronavirus deaths steady but cases rise

| July 3, 2020

The number of deaths in France from the new coronavirus rose by 18 on Wednesday (1 July) from the previous day to stand at 29,861, an increase in line with the last week’s daily average but new cases of the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus rose sharply, writes Benoit Van Overstraeten. French health authorities […]

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Commission approves €30 billion French subordinated loan scheme to support companies affected by the #Coronavirus outbreak

Commission approves €30 billion French subordinated loan scheme to support companies affected by the #Coronavirus outbreak

| July 2, 2020

The European Commission has approved a €30 billion French subordinated loan scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the state aid Temporary Framework. Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The €30bn French subordinated loan scheme will enable France to further support companies affected by […]

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#France municipal elections: #Greens score gains in second round

#France municipal elections: #Greens score gains in second round

| June 29, 2020

Image copyright: EPAGreen candidate Pierre Hurmic (centre) has been elected mayor in Bordeaux France’s Green party and its left-wing allies have made significant gains in the second round of local elections. Lyon, Strasbourg, Bordeaux and Besançon all voted for the party on a bad night for President Emmanuel Macron. His centrist LREM party, which has […]

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EU to focus on rebuilding after #Coronavirus in next 18 months: Germany

EU to focus on rebuilding after #Coronavirus in next 18 months: Germany

| June 25, 2020

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (pictured) agreed with her counterparts in Portugal and Slovenia that the EU should focus on rebuilding the bloc economically and socially after the coronavirus crisis in the next 18 months when they each hold the rotating presidency, writes Madeline Chambers. “The trio’s joint programme focuses on the management of the COVID-19 […]

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France reports 23 deaths and 373 #Coronavirus cases, in line with trends

France reports 23 deaths and 373 #Coronavirus cases, in line with trends

| June 24, 2020

France reported 373 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 23 new deaths on Monday (22 June), figures in line with weekly averages this month that show a dramatic fall since the peak of the epidemic, writes Benoit Van Overstraeten. The death toll is likely to register a spike on Tuesday, when health authorities add weekly data […]

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France and Germany appeal for swift EU deal on #Coronavirus recovery aid

France and Germany appeal for swift EU deal on #Coronavirus recovery aid

| June 24, 2020

France and Germany on Monday (22 June) pressed for a quick agreement among European Union leaders on the size and payout details of a joint fund aimed at helping the hardest hit member states to recover more quickly from the coronavirus pandemic, write Michael Nienaber in Berlin and Leigh Thomas in Paris.  Speaking to reporters […]

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