Macron announces extra aid for French arts sector battered by Covid-19 crisis

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French President Emmanuel Macron said he was looking into more financial aid for the country’s arts and culture sectors that have been hit hard by thecoronavirus, including the closure of museums and the postponement of major events. 

Macron said he also wanted to “defend European creativity” in the face of competition from areas such as the United States and China.

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.