Paris: France celebrated Bastille Day by giving health workers a historic pay raise. As the country’s partial lockdown continued, it hosted scaled-down celebrations and honoured the frontline warriors who have been risking their lives during the Coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday, the French government granted health care workers 8 billion euros, or about $9.1 billion, in pay raises. The decision followed seven weeks of negotiations with trade unions, as reported by BBC News.
French health care workers held protests in June demanding better working conditions. Their demonstrations triggered a nationwide debate about their treatment.
President Emmanuel Macron announced Tuesday his desire to make wearing a face mask mandatory in enclosed public spaces. He said new rules will be discussed in the next few weeks, amid fears of a second wave of the virus. Currently, masks are required on public transportation but not in enclosed public spaces.