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Maps: How different départements in France have been hit by the coronavirus epidemic

The coronavirus epidemic is now widespread across France, but certain parts of the country have been hit worse than others. These four maps from French health authorities show where in France hospitals are under intense pressure and which départements have been largely spared so far.

Maps: How different départements in France have been hit by the coronavirus epidemic
AFP/Sante Publique France

The maps are being kept up to date by France's public health agency Santé Publique France and show the impact of the coronavirus on départements across France.

They show, the number of coronavirus patients currently in French hospitals, the number of patients in serious condition in intensive care, the number of patients  who have recovered and returned home as well as the number of deaths.

You can zoom in on the maps and however the cursor or your finger over each département.

In general they show how the east of the country as well as the greater Paris region of Île de France are the hardest hit regions, while the rural centre and western regions have so far been largely spared.

You may need to change the date on the map in the drop down menu marked with an arrow.

Number of coronavirus patients currently in hospital in France.

 
 

Number of people in intensive care or on life support in French hospitals.

 

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The number of people who have recovered from coronavirus in hospitals around France and returned home since March 1st

 

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The number of fatalities from coronavirus in French hospitals since March 1st.

 

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LIVING IN FRANCE

Property taxes, food and tunnels: 6 essential articles on life in France

From tax hikes to the price of food, air conditioning and the unexpected things that lurk beneath the streets of Paris, here are 6 essential articles for life in France.

Property taxes, food and tunnels: 6 essential articles on life in France

As the inhabitants of Paris, one of Europe’s most densely populated cities, walk along the Champs-Elysées or Rue de Rivoli, they might be entirely unaware of the extensive underground world that exists below their feet.

Paris has a huge network of underground spaces that hide some very unexpected things (as well as the entirely prosaci Metro).

Skulls, beer and a ‘cathedral’: Discover the secrets of underground Paris

From cheese and garlic to berets and sex, taxes and striking, France is heavily loaded with cultural stereotypes – and most of them are only partly accurate.

This is us, busting more myths.

Myth-busting: Are these 12 clichés about France actually true?

France warned that companies might have to reduce energy this winter as Russian continues to reduce its gas supplies to Europe.

The government has already begun work on an energy-saving plan, with more measures to come in September.

And it’s not the only country thinking along these lines – from limits to heating and air conditioning to turning off the lights and taking off ties, here’s how countries around Europe are cutting their energy usage.

Air-con, lights and ties: How countries around Europe hope to avoid blackouts this winter

Although householders in France are relatively fortunate when it comes to rising bills, there is one notable exception.

Towns and villages across France have been raising property tax rates for second-home owners – with many areas voting for the maximum 60 percent increase.

Tax hikes of up to 60% for French second home owners

As we’ve stumbled onto money matters, let’s consider the cost of living. France has many temptations to woo visitors and foreign residents: its scenery, history, the lifestyle, the food and the drink.

While some things here are more expensive than elsewhere – we’re looking at you, second-hand car dealers – and the taxes are notoriously high, what about the cost of groceries and wine? How do they compare? We do something that looks a lot like crunching the numbers…

How expensive is food and drink in France?

But, enough of all that seriousness. It’s silly season, after all. Prominent French scientist Etienne Klein has had to apologise for claiming this was the latest astonishing picture taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, when it was – in fact …

French astronomer apologises for ‘stellar’ photo that was really . . . chorizo

Some people take things far too seriously.

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