Place de l’Opéra in Paris deserted on 13th day of coronavirus lockdown | AFP

The usually congested Paris place de l’Opera wakes up empty on this 13th day of lockdown as the French capital continues its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. IMAGES

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France: Ambulances take coronavirus patients to train station for transfer | AFP

French ambulances bring patients suffering from the coronavirus to the Nancy train station in order to be transferred via a specially-adapted medical train from the Grand Est region to New Aquitaine, and relieve congested hospitals. The Grand Est region is one of the regions most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. IMAGES

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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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Two French patients evacuated to Germany by helicopter | AFP

For the very first time, two French coronavirus patients are evacuated by military helicopter. They are flown from Metz to a hospital in Essen, Germany. IMAGES

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‘I’m going to need help breathing’: Nurse describes COVID-19 | AFP

Aurore Jegu-Petrot, a French nurse who is asthmatic and now recovering from COVID-19, describes the symptoms she felt when she was infected with the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: French ER hit by ‘COVID-19’ wave overwhelmed (Colmar Hospital) | AFP

Since the start of the month of March, they’ve been fighting the “wave” of patients brought in by the Covid-19 epidemic. Today, even with a steady transfer of patients to less-affected regions, beds continue to be filled in Colmar hospital’s emergency room and ICU. “We were not prepared for this intensity, and especially for this intensity lasting over several weeks,” says head of emergency medicine Dr. Yannick Gottwalles, “there will be a before-Covid and and after-Covid.”

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Coronavirus: Music silenced in New Orleans as city shuts down | AFP

New Orleans, the Louisiana city known as the “Big Easy” famed for its jazz and nightlife, has become an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic gripping the United States. Bourbon Street, the normally bustling heart of the French Quarter, is eerily quiet, its music silenced and its bars and restaurants shuttered. Bourbon Street, the normally bustling heart of the French Quarter, is eerily quiet, its music silenced and its bars and restaurants shuttered.

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Tenor sings every day at 7PM as French capital remains on virus lockdown | AFP

French opea singer Stéphane Sénéchal sings every day at 7PM at his window in support of his Parisian neighbors as the French capital remains on virus lockdown.On Thursday he chose to sing the famous aria “O sole mio”. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: abandoned movie set traps Paris streets in 1942 | AFP

Filming for the movie adaptation of the French play “Adieu Monsieur Haffmann” was well underway in Paris when the Covid-19 crisis put the entire city on pause. Since confinement began, two streets of the Montmartre neighborhood have remained stuck in the time of the Nazi occupation of France, complete with period store fronts and propaganda posters. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: French churches ring bells for ten minutes to show support for medical workers | AFP

The bells of the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur in Paris rang in chorus with other churches across France for ten minutes on Wednesday to show solidarity and support for medical workers battling the coronavirus. Wedneday was also Annunciation, when Christians mark the appearance of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary.

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Coronavirus: Macron dons mask during visit to Mulhouse field hospital | AFP

Emmanuel Macron arrives on the site of a field hospital set up by the French army on the parking lot of a hospital centre in Mulhouse. The French president is given a mask before beginning the visit. IMAGES

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Coronavirus patients rushed to Brest from overstretched Mulhouse | AFP

Ambulances arrive in Brest, on the western tip of Brittany, with four coronavirus-infected patients flown from Mulhouse in the east of France. The east of France is a coronavirus hotbed which is struggling to contain the situation. It is the fourth time inside a week the French air force has been deployed to help evacuate patients from Mulhouse hospital. IMAGES

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Paris’s iconic Place de la Republique deserted on 8th day of lockdown | AFP

Place de la Republique in Paris, a popular meeting place which has also played host to dozens of demonstrations over the years, sits virtually deserted as the French lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus enters its second week. IMAGES

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Paris’s Notre-Dame district left deserted by coronavirus confinement | AFP

The area around Notre Dame in Paris is virtually deserted, as the French government’s containment measures against the spread of coronavirus enters its second week. Eleven months after the cathedral almost burned to the ground, rehabilitation work on the roof – already delayed after lead was found – has been postponed once again. IMAGES

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Elderly get early bird offer at French supermarket chain amid coronavirus confinement | AFP

Amid a busy period for supermarkets during the coronavirus epidemic, and confinement, a supermarket in Saint-Etienne, France, decides to reserve the 8am – 9am time slot for the over-70s. The initiative is being followed by several chains in France.

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French laboratory sets up coronavirus testing drive-thru | AFP

The Cerballiance laboratory in Lisses just south of Paris has set up a drive-thru coronavirus test facility with no shortage of clients, including medical professionals and high-risk people presenting symptoms.

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Coronavirus: field hospital in eastern France prepares to enter test phase | AFP

Soldiers mounting a field hospital in the eastern French city of Mulhouse are readying the facility to enter a test phase. The field hospital is eventually meant to house 30 beds for Covid-19 patients in intensive care. IMAGES

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Deserted streets of Lille amid coronavirus confinement | AFP

The streets of Lille are deserted as the French government prepares to extend the confinement of the population beyond the initial date of the end of March as the coronavirus epidemic accelerates. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Paris streets still deserted a week into confinement | AFP

As the French reach a week of confinement central locations such as the Place de la Concorde, usually swarming with locals and tourists alike, are nearly deserted. IMAGES

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Covid-19: military ship transfers Corsican patients to French mainland | AFP

Rescue vehicles go in and out of the ‘Tonnerre’ helicopter-carrier in the port of Marseille, during a transfer of Covid-19 patients to regional hospitals. The military boat carried 12 patients overnight from Corsica. IMAGES

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Images inside army field hospital in Mulhouse, coronavirus hotspot | AFP

French soldiers work hard to set up an army field hospital in the car park of the Mulhouse hospital centre. The facility is expected to accommodate 30 beds for coronavirus patients, and should be operational by the middle of the week. (TO COMPLETE VID1Q3265_EN) IMAGES

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