France gives health care workers “historic” pay raises for Bastille Day

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To honor the frontline workers who have been risking their lives for months during the coronavirus pandemic, France celebrated Bastille Day by giving them “historic” pay raises. The country hosted scaled-down celebrations honoring health care workers during the national holiday on Tuesday as its partial lockdown continued. 

While health care workers around the world have been praised as heroes during the pandemic, many have demanded more than just nightly clapping. Workers in France sought pay raises, staff increases and increased funding for hospitals in their negotiations. 

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, BBC News reports. 

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