France in lockdown: A groundswell of solidarity

This week, we’re putting the focus on how the Covid-19 crisis has isolated some French citizens but has also sparked a wave of solidarity. Whether it’s because of age, health issues, financial or geographical reasons, for some, the experience of lockdown is especially tough. We take a closer look at some of these situations. As a groundswell of solidarity is felt nationwide, it’s being facilitated by a number of apps and platforms. We see how the French are trying to offer their help.

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

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    France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.

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