Macron announces a plan to help artists during Covid-19 pandemic

Cultural venues must be brought back to life, artists must be able to create again and to work together to reach audiences, even if, during this intermediary period, we're going to have to rethink a new sort of relationship with audiences”.

With these words, the French President Emmanuel Macron announced extra aid for the arts sector, battered by the Covid-19 crisis.

As part of the support measures, the French president called for a 12-month extension to France's special unemployment benefits for actors, performers, musicians and technicians, a scheme designed to protect them in the downtime between jobs.

The generous scheme helps sustain an industry that employs 1.3 million people across France - many of whom are struggling because of the pandemic, which has forced the closure of museums and the postponement of major events.