On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the outbreak of covid-19 in France. Following Italy and Spain, France imposed a nationwide lockdown this week banning people from leaving home except to work, receive medical care or buy food. More than 7,500 people have been infected with the virus in France.
Also this week, Donald Trump signed a multibillion-dollar aid package, which includes provisions helping families cope with the serious fallout of the pandemic. What has been the economic impact on working people in the US? According to SurveyUSA, 14 million US workers have already been laid off.
Cole Stangler, Paris-based journalist writing about labor and politics
Kevin Hall, national economics correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers
The Washington Post, Cole Stangler: The pandemic has flipped the logic of Macronism on its head
FT, James Politi, Lauren Fedor and Demetri Sevastopulo: Republicans unveil $1tn plan to grapple with virus fallout
The Guardian, Gabriel Zucman and Emanuel Saez: This crisis calls for massive government intervention: here's how to do it