France: Health workers hold unauthorised protest in Paris

Scores of health care workers marched in an unauthorised protest in Paris on Tuesday demanding better working conditions. The protesters exhibited numerous banners, placards and signs, criticising the government, and demanding better conditions. The protest also saw the participation of representatives of unions, as well as Yellow Vest activists. Anthony, a nurse in intensive care in Metz, said, «We're here to defend the French health system, to keep on treating our patients accurately, as we've been doing over the course of so many years. It's important for us to be here today to say that despite the fact we are a rich country, some sacrifices have been done in the healthcare system, and it's a very bad thing.» Olivier, a Yellow Vest activist, said, «The French government, let's say Emmanuel Macron, is currently bragging for what he did against Covid-19, but we must not forget that healthcare workers have been suffering a lot due to the lack of resources; beds especially, and the lack of staff too.» «There's a big lack of healthcare workers in France so it's inadmissible for the president to say that the Covid-19 crisis has been managed properly. It's completely crazy,» he added. Similar unauthorised protests were expected across the country as part of a nationwide movement denouncing the lack of equipment in hospitals and stagnant wages. Last month, French Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe announced that the government will hold a 'public consultation' on health service reform.

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