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Media Roundtable: COVID-19 - France Is On Lockdown & The Economic Impact In The US

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nionized hospitality workers apply for unemployment benefits at the Hospitality Training Academy Friday, March 13, 2020, in Los Angeles

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

Web Resources:
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

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.