French PM ready to discuss ‘working hours’ with irate healthcare workers | AFP

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says the question of “working hours” is “not taboo” during a press conference at which he pledged several major changes for France’s healthcare system. France’s overworked and underpaid healthcare workers have been demonstrating for months for better conditions, even before the onset of the coronavirus crisis. IMAGES

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French government meets to plot Marshall Plan for tourism industry | AFP

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe welcomes government ministers at his residence to discuss how to save France’s tourism industry, with close to 1.5 billion euros set aside for a Marshall Plan. IMAGES

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French Parliament approves government’s plan to ease lockdown | AFP

The National Assembly approves the government’s plan to gradually end the lockdown in France from May 11, unveiled by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe earlier on Tuesday. SOUNDBITE

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French PM outlines gradual reopening of schools from May 11 | AFP

In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announces that French schools will gradually reopen from May 11 “on a voluntary basis”, with a decision on high schools due at the end of May. (COMPLETES VIDI1QV3PB_EN, VIDI1QV3YJ_EN, VIDI1QV45Y_EN, VIDI1QV484_EN, VIDI1QV493_EN) SOUNDBITE

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French football, rugby seasons off until September: PM | AFP

In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announces that French professional sports leagues, including football and rugby, cannot restart before September because of coronavirus restrictions. (COMPLETES VIDI1QV3PB_EN, VIDI1QV3YJ_EN, VIDI1QV45Y_EN, VIDI1QV484_EN) SOUNDBITE

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French PM urges companies to stock up on masks for employees | AFP

In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe urges companies throughout France to “ensure that they are able, within their means, to provide their employees with masks” if they are to resume business after May 11. (COMPLETES VIDI1QV3PB_EN, VIDI1QV3YJ_EN, VIDI1QV45Y_EN) SOUNDBITE

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French PM Philippe makes surprise visit to Strasbourg hospital | AFP

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe leaves Strasbourg University Hospital after paying a surprise visit. The outing, to which the press was not invited, is Philippe’s first since the beginning of confinement in mid-March. IMAGES

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French PM announces 1,500 euro bonus for Covid-19 healthcare workers | AFP

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announces that the country’s healthcare workers who are managing the Covid-19 crisis will receive a tax-free bonus of €1,500. (COMPLETE VID1QM0X6_EN) SOUNDBITE

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Coronavirus: Cellist Camilo Peralta performs on his balcony in Paris | AFP

Cellist Camilo Peralta performs for his neighbours on his balcony in Paris on the 12th day of lockdown. France on Friday extended its coronavirus lockdown for another two weeks as Prime Minister Edouard Philippe warned of “difficult days” to come following a surge in cases that is beginning to put the French health system under pressure. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Champs-Elysees lies empty on 12th day of lockdown | AFP

A few cars, a handful of people and an empty avenue lined with closed shops. It’s just another day of lockdown on the Champs-Elysees. France on Friday extended its coronavirus lockdown for another two weeks as Prime Minister Edouard Philippe warned of “difficult days” to come following a surge in cases that is beginning to put the French health system under pressure. IMAGES

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French PM Philippe votes in local elections | AFP

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, candidate for mayor of Le Havre, votes Sunday morning in an elementary school in the town while observing the advice given by his government to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: French ministers meet parliament, party leaders | AFP

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, along with five of his ministers, including those of Health and the Interior, meets with the presidents of the Assemblies and parliamentary groups, as well as party leaders and presidents of associations of elected representatives, to discuss the strategy to be adopted in response to the coronavirus pandemic. IMAGES

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French PM chairs daily government meeting on coronavirus crisis | AFP

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe arrives at the Ministry of Health for an inter-ministerial meeting on the coronavirus crisis. IMAGES

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Pension reform in France: anti-government demonstration in Paris | AFP

In France, protesters marched against the government’s decision to fast-track pension reform through parliament by using a rarely-used decree that bypasses the need for a vote. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe caught the opposition off guard on Saturday by announcing that the government would pass the pensions bill by executive decree, abruptly ending a bitter parliamentary debate on one of President Emmanuel Macron’s signature reforms. The announcement was slammed by leftist unions and parties as proof of what they see as Macron’s authoritarian tendencies. IMAGES

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France: Demonstration at parliament after pension reform debate cut short | AFP

Police forces surround several hundred people demonstrating peacefully on the Concorde Bridge, in front of the French National Assembly in Paris, after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the government’s decision to use an article of the Constitution (49-3) to shorten the debates over the controversial pension reform. IMAGES

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Crisis meeting in Matignon/Coronavirus: roundtable | AFP

French ministers meets in Matignon for a crisis meeting with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe after five new patients with the coronavirus that appeared in Asia were identified and hospitalised without signs of seriousness in France. IMAGES

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Coronavirus in France: arrival of ministers for crisis meeting | AFP

French ministers arrive for a crisis meeting with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe after five British nationals including a child have tested positive for the new coronavirus in France. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: French ministers meet after fourth case emerges | AFP

French ministers join French Premier Edouard Philippe for an update on the situation of the Coronavirus in France, after the fourth case of contamination appeared in the country. IMAGES

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French PM Edouard Philippe visits Auschwitz-Birkenau museum | AFP

French Prime minister Edouard Philippe visits Auschwitz-Birkenau museum to mark 75 years since the death camp was liberated on January 27, 1945. IMAGES of French PM Edouard Philippe visiting

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Medef president arrives for fresh talks with French govt. over pension reform standoff | AFP

Medef president Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux meets French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Health Minister Agnès Buzyn for crunch talks over the hotly contested pension overhaul that has sparked the country’s longest rail strike in history. IMAGES

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French strike: French PM meets with union leaders | AFP

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe again hosts trade union leaders and employers organisations at Matignon as the ongoing transport strike against pension reform enters its third week and railway workers still refuse the idea of a truce. IMAGES OF THE ROUNDTABLE

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Pension strike: head of France’s employer federation meets government | AFP

The head of France’s employer federation Medef Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux sits down with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to try to resolve the pension strike impasse. IMAGES

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UNSA union chief meets with French government over pension strike impasse | AFP

UNSA Secretary General Laurent Escure begins a fresh round of talks with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, Health Minister Agnès Buzyn and new pensions chief Laurent Pietraszewski at Matignon. (COMPLETES VID 1N609V_EN) IMAGES

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Paris: Europe’s busiest train station still paralysed by strikes | AFP

Once again, only a handful of trains run at the Paris gare du Nord, Europe’s busiest train station, on the tenth day of public transport strikes over pension reforms. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has urged rail operator SNCF to inform travellers about its holiday schedules. IMAGES

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