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Amid crisis, French state hopes pay hikes will help recruit hospital staff

The French government hopes pay hikes will attract more staff to public hospitals.
The French government hopes pay hikes will attract more staff to public hospitals. © FRANCE 24

Despite a recent pay hike, public hospitals in France are still struggling to recruit staff who are often drawn to the more lucrative private sector. Some 100,000 positions in public hospitals remain vacant, a third of them nurses. The labour shortage comes at a highly inopportune time amid the second wave of Covid-19. Also, the US and Brazil agree to a series of "mini" trade deals.