MAP: France now divided into green and orange zones for easing of restrictions

Since May 11th, France has been divided into two zones - red and green - which determine how strict the lockdown rules are. But on Thursday the French PM unveiled a new map with the country divided into green and... orange zones.

MAP: France now divided into green and orange zones for easing of restrictions
Photo: AFP

The version of the map that has been in use since May 11th has large chunks of the country coloured red – showing that there is still a high level of virus circulation and pressure on hospitals.

MAP The French départements that have seen the highest death rates during coronavirus epidemic

The map for phase 1 – May 11th to June 2nd. Map: Santé Publique France

But when the second version was unveiled on Thursday there was some very good news – all the red had disappeared from the map.

Instead the country was virtually all green, with only selected small areas in orange, a new addition to the map which means there is still cause for concern, but the situation has improved.

“Things are looking good, but not good enough to return everything back to normal,” said PM Edouard Philippe.



The map for phase 2 – June 2nd to June 22nd

The greater Paris Île-de-France region is coloured orange, as well as the two overseas départements of Mayotte and French Guiana.

Those areas showed higher rates of the virus and higher pressure on hospital intensive care beds.

Grand-Est – the worst hit region of France and the place where the epidemic began – has now moved to green along with the regions of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Hauts-de-France.

“We will particularly keep an eye on the situation in Île-de-France, French Guiana and Mayotte,” said Philippe.

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Detailing the differences between départements on the map, Health Minister Olivier Véran said Île-de-France was in a “particular” situation due to its “high circulation of the virus in certain départements” and continued pressure on hospitals.

“We have decided that decisions in Île-de-France should be taken on a regional level and not a départemental level,” Véran said, stressing that the situation would be followed closely in all of the country's départements.

“I repeat, being green does not mean the virus is gone,” the health minister said.

As with the previous map, the colour of the area where you live determines how strict lockdown rules are.

Here are the main difference.

Cafés, bars and restaurants – in green zones these can reopen completely but in orange zones only outdoor terraces can reopen

Schools – Primary and secondary schools can start to fully reopen from June 2nd across the country, but lycées (high schools) will only reopen in green zones.

Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres – these can reopen on June 2nd in green zones and June 22nd in orange zones

Theatres, museums and tourist attractions – can reopen on June 2nd in green zones and June 22nd in orange zones.

Campsites – can reopen on June 2nd in green zones and June 22nd in orange zones

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French vocab and prices: Your guide to visiting the dentist in France

From finding a dentist to treatment costs, plus the crucial bits of French vocab, here's everything you need to know about visiting the dentist in France.

French vocab and prices: Your guide to visiting the dentist in France

The dentist – as unjustly dreaded in France as they are anywhere else in the world.

But, while few, if any, of us enjoy visiting our friendly, neighbourhood chirurgien-dentiste, we all know that it’s important to care for our teeth and gums, so here’s what you need to know.

How to make an appointment

A simple web search for a dentiste or chirurgien-dentiste will bring up the contact details of local professionals. Then it’s a case of ringing up to make an appointment. There is no need to be registered with a dentist, you can visit anyone who has a free appointment, although you may prefer to keep your appointments with the same person if you are  having ongoing treatment.

Alternatively, sites such as Doctolib may allow you to book a slot online.

If you’re worried about remembering your French verb conjugation while you have a mouth full of blood, Doctolib also lets you know which languages your dentist speaks.

READ ALSO How to use the French medical website Doctolib

How much it costs

The government-set going rate for a dental check-up is €23 for dentists working in the public health system – which most do. As a result, 70 percent of that fee, paid at the time of the consultation, will be reimbursed for anyone who holds a carte vitale.

Check-ups last as long as the dentist needs to examine your teeth. If no additional work is required, it’s just a few minutes in the chair.

If you require additional work, then how much you pay goes up – along with the time it takes. A basic filling, for example, costs €26.97, of which €18.88 is reimbursed. Descaling adds €28.92 to the initial bill, but is again partially reimbursed.

The upfront cost of root canal work on a molar, meanwhile, is €81.94, while extraction of a permanent tooth costs €33.44. 

The full price list is available on the Ameli website.

For any procedure that costs more than €70, your dentist will provide you with a written estimate, along with a number of options. 

Remember, these prices are for dentists operating in the state sector. Fees at private practices are higher.

What about crowns, implants or dentures?

Your dentist might offer you the option of a crown or implant instead of the basic treatments of fillings and extractions, but these are expensive and are usually not covered on the carte vitale, so here whether or not you have a mutuelle is important.

The top-up health cover known as a mutuelle – find more details here – will generally offer dental cover, but exactly what is covered depends on your policy.

If you require special treatment, make sure to consult the price list, as you will often have to pay up front before you can claim anything back. 

Dental hygienist/teeth-cleaning

If you like to visit the dentist regularly for a scale and polish you will need to check whether your dentist’s cabinet employs a hygiéniste dentaire (dental hygienist).

Most practices do but not all. If you’re going to a new practice it’s generally better to make an appointment first with the dentist for a check-up, and then ask for regular hygienist appointments.

Useful vocabulary

Dental surgery – un cabinet dentaire

Emergency dentist – un dentiste de service

I would like to make an appointment – je voudrais prendre un rendez-vous

I would like a check-up – je voudrais une visite de contrôle

It is an emergency – c’est une urgence

A tooth – une dent

Wisdom teeth – les dents de sagesse

A filling – une plombage or un pansement

une dévitalisation – root canal

I have broken a tooth – je me suis cassé une dent

I have a toothache – j’ai mal aux dents

My gums are bleeding – Mes gencives saignent

I have a cavity – J’ai une carie

My gums hurt – J’ai mal aux gencives

This one hurts – Celle-là me fait mal

These ones hurt – Celles-là me font mal

An abscess – Percer un abcès

Nerve – le nerf

An extraction – une extraction

Injection – une injection/une piqûre

Local anaesthetic – une anesthésie locale

Denture/s – les dentier/s or une prothèse dentaire/les prothèses dentaires

A crown – une couronne

A bridge – un bridge

ARRRRRRGH – AIIIIIIIIE (hopefully you won’t need this one)