French health minister visits mask distribution depot | AFP

In the Yvelines department west of Paris, French health minister Olivier Véran visits a logistics platform of ‘La Poste’ (French Post Office, Eds.) where washable masks for those unable to afford them are put into envelopes by employees.

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Covid-19: French PM at Roissy airport before potential tightening of border controls | AFP

French Prime Minister Jean Castex arrives at Paris’s Roissy airport after attending a Defence Council meeting focused on the spread of the coronavirus epidemic around the world, which prompted calls for tighter border controls. He is accompanied by Health Minister Olivier Véran and Deputy transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari.

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Report submitted into future of France’s national health service | AFP

Nicole Notat, former boss of the CFDT union who has been in charge of piloting the “Ségur de la santé” – a two-month consultation on France’s national health service in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic – officially submits her report to the Minister of Health Olivier Véran.

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French ‘Ségur agreements’ a historic moment, says French PM | AFP

French Prime Minister Jean Castex hails a “historic” moment as he signs the “Ségur agreements”, which grant 8.1 billion euros to hospital staff. For Health Minister Olivier Véran, it is a way of saying “we need you and we want to be able to count on you.” IMAGES

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French government signs ‘Ségur agreements’ with hospital unions | AFP

In Paris, French Prime Minister Jean Castex and Health Minister Olivier Véran sign the “Ségur agreements” with hospital union representatives. The French government has released an additional 8.1 billion euros to improve the remuneration of those who have been on the front line in the fight against coronavirus. IMAGES

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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: French ministers hold meeting over virus response | AFP

Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and the President of the National Ethics Committee Jean-François Delfraissy are welcomed at Place Beauvau by the Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner and the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, to provide an update on the municipal elections in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: French ministers visit school amid coronavirus outbreak | AFP

French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer and Health Minister Olivier Véran visit an elementary School in the Paris suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux to review hygiene measures implemented in light of the new coronavirus. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Macron, minister meet researchers over epidemic response | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron and Health Minister Olivier Véran join dozens of researchers at the Élysée Palace, anxious to demonstrate France’s response to the new coronavirus as the country anticipates the next stage of the epidemic. IMAGES OF ROUNDTABLE

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Coronavirus: French PM Édouard Philippe visits Bordeaux hospital | AFP

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe arrives at a Bordeaux hospital alongside French Health Minister Olivier Véran, to meet with health professionals to discuss the coronavirus. IMAGES

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