France in focus

Fed up, lonely and frustrated: France's seniors speak out

C'EST EN FRANCE SENIORS COVID
C'EST EN FRANCE SENIORS COVID © FRANCE24
By: Nadia CHARBIT | Stéphanie CHEVAL | Joanna COCKERELL | Sonia BARITELLO
14 min

In France, patients over the age of 65 account for at least 92 percent of all Covid-19 deaths across the country, and contagion is especially high among senior citizens. But in the face of a second lockdown, it’s been a hard balance to strike for authorities, families and pensioners themselves, caught between the fear of infection and the misery of isolation. To give us her take on this issue, we meet activist Armelle Le Bigot Macaux, who’s the president of the School of European Grand Parents, an association that supports and advocates for grand-parents.