Help for French businesses to survive Covid crisis

"The state will pay, whatever the cost"

Keeping business alive is one of the government’s key aims along with tackling the pandemic.

It has launched a major support programme costing €350billion.

President Macron said “the state will pay, whatever the cost”, as ministers announced new aid for those who were continuing to go in to work each day – with a tax-free bonus of up to €2,000.

This prime is similar to one paid at the end of 2018 after the gilets jaunes protests and is a recognition of workers – such as those in supermarkets, boulangeries or pharmacies – who take a health risk every time they go in.

Firms will decide if they want to pay it and workers on-site will ...

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