Coronavirus: Produce markets in western France find new homes during lockdown | AFP

Shut out of traditional market spaces because of the lockdown, produce vendors in the western French city of Angers are now using unconventional venues like bars and hair salons to sell their produce that would otherwise go to waste. And for residents desperate to get their supply of fresh carrots, radishes and asparagus, it’s a welcome addition.

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Coronavirus: Joggers out early in Paris as daytime jogging ban begins | AFP

A few joggers exercise on the Trocadero esplanade at dawn on the 23rd day of lockdown in France, just before the enforcement of a ban on individual outdoor sports between the hours of 10:00 am and 07:00 pm. in Paris. IMAGES

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French actors read children stories online during COVID-19 confinement | AFP

Every afternoon for 45 minutes, dozens of children in France aged 5 to 12 turn on their computers to listen to professional actors read them stories online. French children read them

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Coronavirus: Joggers react as Paris bans all outdoor exercise from 10am to 7pm | AFP

Joggers in Paris react to City Hall’s decision to ban all individual sporting activities in Paris between 10am and 7pm, following an uptick in the number of people exercising outside as France enters its fourth week of coronavirus lockdown.

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Coronavirus: France to begin ‘vast testing operation’ in nursing homes | AFP

France will launch a “vast testing operation” in nursing homes — where a total of 2,417 people have died since the start of the coronavirus epidemic — to better protect residents, Health Minister Olivier Véran announces. COMPLETES VIDI1QF56D_EN SOUNDBITE

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Coronavirus: France reports record toll of 833 new deaths, including 605 in hospitals | AFP

France reports that 833 more people have died of COVID-19 in hospitals and nursing homes over the previous 24 hours, its highest daily toll since the epidemic began. SOUNDBITE

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Undocumented tailors in France make masks for the Salvation Army | AFP

Despite being confined in a Salvation Army emergency shelter in Paris, undocumented migrants are doing their bit to help during the coronavirus epidemic, making hundreds of cloth masks for the disadvantaged people helped by the non-profit and its volunteers.

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Coronavirus: Paris’ Canal Saint-Martin deserted on 21st day of lockdown | AFP

It’s normally one of the liveliest spots in the French capital, bringing together tourists and Parisians alike to lounge along its banks. Canal Saint-Martin now lies deserted, a victim of France’s lockdown. A nationwide stay-at-home order was imposed from March 17 and officials have said the lockdown will last until at least April 15. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Champs-Elysees lies empty on 21st day of lockdown | AFP

It’s not your average Monday morning on the Champs-Elysees. The Paris hotspot lies practically deserted on the 21st day of lockdown, while Place de la Concorde is no busier. France imposed a nationwide stay-at-home order from March 17 after shuttering all nonessential businesses. Officials have said the lockdown will last until at least April 15. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Parisians cheer on health-care workers from balconies | AFP

Parisians clap from their balconies on Day 20 of a national lockdown to cheer on health-care workers battling the coronavirus pandemic in France. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Paris’s Place de la Concorde empty on 19th day of confinement | AFP

On the 19th day of confinement in France to stem the coronavirus pandemic, a few passers-by walk along the Place de la Concorde in Paris, usually crowded with tourists and cars. IMAGES

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Medicalised train evacuates 24 COVID-19 patients from eastern France | AFP

On the platforms of Strasbourg station, 24 coronavirus patients from the region’s hospitals are installed in a medicalised TGV train bound for New Aquitaine.

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Coronavirus: France deaths reach 6,507 | AFP

An animated graphics shows the rise in France’s coronavirus deaths, which left 6,507 people dead in France. Among those, a total of 1,416 people had died in old people’s homes, according to the last official toll. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: France sends over one million masks to West Indies on navy ship | AFP

French helicopter carrier Dixmude leaves Toulon for the West Indies with more than a million masks on board, as part of the “Resilience” operation,set in motion by President Emmanuel Macron to fight against the coronavirus epidemic. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Champs-Elysées virtually deserted on day 17 of French lockdown | AFP

On the 17th day of France’s lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Champs-Elysées, a tourist hot spot which is usually teeming with vehicles, remains virtually deserted. IMAGES

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French companies respond to increasing demand for medical equipment | AFP

“One bed means one life!” In Pluvigner, in the Morbihan region of France, employees of the Hill-Rom company are working hard to manufacture medical beds. In the town of Sarzeau, another company specialising in nautical fabrics is creating protective visors.

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Coronavirus: Central Paris virtually deserted on 16th day of lockdown | AFP

On the morning of the 16th day of lockdown in France, the banks of the river Seine in Paris and the city’s districts remain virtually deserted.

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Pizza trucks, a staple in Marseille, open despite COVID-19 lockdown | AFP

Authorised to stay open during the lockdown, pizza trucks, which are popular in the south of France, have become one of the only lunch options for those who continue to work. In Marseille’s main square, the food trucks are used to lines of regulars and locals, but with the markets closed and residents ordered to stay home, business isn’t what it used to be.

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Coronavirus: France registers “3,523 deaths since beginning of March” | AFP

As France ends it’s 15th day in lockdown the country’s Director of Health, Jerome Salomon, says “3,523 deaths” related to the virus have been recorded since the beginning of March”. He adds that “458 more patients have been admitted to intensive care units” in the past 24 hours. SOUNDBITE

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Coronavirus: French National Assembly salutes population’s “courage” | AFP

The speaker of France’s National Assembly Richard Ferrand pays tribute to the “courage and mobilisation” of the French people as he opens a session of questions to the government on the 15th day of the nationwide confinement. The National Assembly also held a minute’s silence in memory of former minister Patrick Devedjian, who died on Sunday after contracting Covid-19. SOUNDBITE

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Coronavirus: 5.5m masks arrive in France from China | AFP

Millions of medical masks arrived in Paris from China on Sunday, the day after the French government announced a massive order for medical equipment to help battle the coronavirus. A plane with 8.5 million masks also arrived in France on Monday.

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Coronavirus: 5.5m masks arrive in Paris on Air France flight from China | AFP

Millions of medical masks arrive in Paris from China on Monday, the day after the French government announced a massive order for medical equipment to help battle the coronavirus.

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