Solidarity a side-effect of France's Covid-19 crisis

Where you can look for local help as a 'wave of good neighbourly actions grows into a tsunami of solidarity'

Helping neighbours and people in the Covid-19 front line, supporting older residents, and even giving blood are just some of the ways groups are showing solidarity in the lockdown.

Charities are reporting huge rises in numbers of people volunteering to help during the stay-at-home period.

Many help networks have been set up for years, but newcomers arrived when the pandemic broke out and President Macron called for solidarity in his TV speech.

They have different ways of working, offering download kits of help ideas, a website for people to ask for or offer help, or just a note with phone numbers on a noticeboard.

Most concentrate on neighbours, but En Première Ligne website is to help those directly involved in keeping life going in the pandemic.

The site will last only as long as the lockdown and was set up by three friends to offer help to health workers, power workers and food suppliers if they need it.

One founder, Titouan Galopin, 25, said: “We ...

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