Scaled-down Bastille Day parade pays homage to French health workers Jul 15, 2020 0 610 12345 DPAParisFrance on Tuesday paid homage to medical workers for their role in the fight against the coronavirus as part of a Bastille Day parade slimmed down to respect health precautions.Instead of the traditional military parade down the Champs Elysees, President Emmanuel Macron oversaw a smaller military display on the nearby Place de la Concorde.The public was not allowed to view the display this year, but health workers and the families of medical staff who died fighting the epidemic took pride of place among the invited guests.The health ministers of Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and Switzerland were guests of honour, as a mark of thanks to those countries for taking in virus patients from crowded French hospitals.France was hit hard by the virus, with more than 30,000 deaths. A strict lockdown was put in place from mid-March to mid-May.Some 2,000 military personnel stood in square formations around the Place de la Concorde as an initial display paid tribute to General Charles de Gaulle, the leader of the Free French forces during World War II and founder in 1958 of the current Fifth Republic.This year marks the 130th anniversary of his birth, the 80th anniversary of his appeal from London for the French to continue fighting against Nazi Germany despite the government’s surrender, and the 50th anniversary of his death.One part of the traditional ceremony was able to go ahead as usual despite coronavirus precautions - the fly-past by display and working units of the French air force. The Bastille Day parade comes a day after the government signed a deal with unions to put $8.6 billion into health workers’ pay hike. RELATED ARTICLES US carries out first federal execution in 17 years Jul 15, 2020 0 1793 Second virus wave in UK winter could see 120,000 deaths Jul 15, 2020 0 635 Tell-all book by Trump’s niece released after family bid to block it Jul 15, 2020 0 974 China to hit Lockheed Martin with sanctions over Taiwan deal AFP Beijing China said on Tuesday it would impose sanctions on US defence group Lockheed Martin, days after the United States approved a potential $620 million upgrade package for missiles to Taiwan -- fuelling tensions .. US stance on South China Sea undermines regional peace: Beijing DPA Beijing China on Tuesday criticised Washington for challenging Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea amid escalating tensions between the two countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said .. Japan defence review slams China’s virus ‘disinformation’ TOKYO: China has been spreading “disinformation” about the coronavirus and its naval activities are a matter of “grave” concern, Japan said in its annual defence review published on Tuesday. After a period of warming .. French president wants face masks mandatory indoors as virus picks up PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that face masks could soon be required in public indoor spaces to curtail the coronavirus outbreak, acknowledging that infections were again on the rise. His .. Baby infected with COVID-19 in the womb: French study PARIS: Doctors in France have described what they said was the first confirmed case of a newborn infected in the womb with COVID-19 by the mother. The baby boy, born in March, suffered brain swelling and neurological .. Germany, Sweden lift COVID-19 travel restrictions BERLIN: Germany has lifted its travel warning for Sweden as the number of coronavirus cases there has fallen since the beginning of July. Sweden was the last country in Europe where the German Foreign Ministry had a travel .. Austria bans flights from Balkans to prevent imported virus cases VIENNA: Austria on Tuesday said it was suspending passenger flights from most Balkan countries, Moldova and Egypt to lower the risk of travellers infected with coronavirus entering the country. The measure will take .. UK U-turn as government confirms face mask order LONDON: Face masks will become compulsory in shops and supermarkets in England from next week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Tuesday, marking a U-turn on previous policy. The new legislation will come into force ..