Facemasks take priority over perfume and umbrellas

Charles Yvon used the Cherbourg umbrella plant to create kits for masks

A couple of months ago they were producing umbrellas, luxury leather handbags, world-renowned perfumes or artisanal absinthe, but now factories and workshops across France are making vital masks, gowns and hand gel.

They are part of a vast effort to help protect health, care home and emergency services workers and get masks to the public as most of the surgical and virus protection masks were only for hospitals and doctors.

Le Parapluie de Cherbourg, in Nor­mandy, is using its fabric to ...

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