Olivier Veran

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Castle Square in Stuttgart, southern Germany on Tuesday. From today face masks will be mandatory in the Stuttgart city centre. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images

European governments are adding new restrictions and calling on citizens to make sacrifices in a bid to contain a record increase in coronavirus cases(...)

Restaurant owners bang ladles against saucepans  at a demonstration against restaurant and bar closures in Marseilles. Photograph: Daniel Cole

Four more French cities were on Thursday put on maximum alert in the resurgent Covid-19 epidemic, health minister Olivier Véran announced, bringing th(...)

People sit on a bar terrace  in Paris on Monday. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

The French government has ordered the closure of bars and cafés in Paris for two weeks from Tuesday after declaring the city and its nearest suburbs t(...)

French health minister Olivier Veran speaks with health workers of La Timone public hospital in Marseille. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty

Hospitals in the Paris and Marseille regions of France are delaying some scheduled operations to free up space for Covid-19 patients, as the governmen(...)

People on  Montredon beach during hot weather in Marseille, southern France, earlier this week. Photograph: Clement Mahoudeau/AFP/Getty

A resurgence in coronavirus cases across Europe is triggering tightened restrictions from Spain to Romania as authorities battle to get the spread of (...)

French prime minister Edouard Philippe presents the details for the easing of the country’s lockdown at the Hotel Matignon in Paris. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

French prime minister Edouard Philippe warned against “letting our guard down” when the country eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions next Monday. (...)

The Christian Open Door Church  in Mulhouse, France. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Three days after the Christian Open Door evangelical megachurch’s “week of prayer and fasting” in Mulhouse, eastern France, pastor Samuel Peterschmitt(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron promised overtime payments and a ‘gratitude bonus’ to medical personnel. Photograph: Getty

France is “only at the beginning” of the coronavirus epidemic, said President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday night. “But we will hold on . . . because w(...)

Prof Garret FitzGerald: ‘The irony is Trump supporters paid the price for his mistakes.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

The United States is showing every indication it will outstrip China in coronavirus cases, and is already “not far behind them”, according to one of i(...)

Professor Didier Raoult, the maverick virologist who says chloroquine cures coronavirus

We could know within two weeks whether Professor Didier Raoult, the French virologist who heads the Mediterranean infectious and tropical disease inst(...)

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