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Bastille Day 2020 Celebrations- France Marked a Great Honor to the Health Care Workers

Bastille Day 2020 Celebrations- France Marked a Great Honor to the Health Care Workers

France has honored its health workers on their great effort and countless services to battling the coronavirus pandemic on the national celebration of Bastille Day.

The move comes as France is using Bastille Day to honor nurses, ambulance drivers, supermarket cashiers and others whose services have been vital during the COVID-19 pandemic.Authorities cancelled the traditional military parade but instead held a tribute to those tackling the virus. Invited audience members included families of French workers who died of Covid-19.

A traditional fly past included military aircraft as well as a transport plane used to carry Covid-19 patients at the height of the pandemic in France.

The annual events mark the storming of Bastille prison on 14 July 1789, seen as the start of the French Revolution.

It is the first time officials have called off the annual military parade through the capital Paris since the end of World War Two in 1945.

After seven weeks of negotiations between the French government and unions, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the agreement to provide $8.5 billion (7.5 billion euros) in raises, averaging about $208 (183 euros) a month for nurses and health care workers.

"No one can deny that this is a historic moment for our health system," Castex said after a signing ceremony. "This is first of all recognition of those who have been on the front line in the fight against this epidemic."

President Emmanuel Macron wants to show off France's successes in combating the disease, which has been described as the country's worst crisis since World War II.

France has had nearly 210,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and more than 30,000 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic. However, the number of daily cases is down significantly since a peak in mid-April.

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