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Airbnb offers housing for French health workers on coronavirus front line

Julie, who works at a doctors’ surgery near Avignon, is now living in a holiday home made available through Airbnb.
Julie, who works at a doctors’ surgery near Avignon, is now living in a holiday home made available through Airbnb. © FRANCE 24 screen grab

Airbnb in France has launched an online platform to offer free accommodation to medical staff and social workers on the coronavirus front line, following a similar initiative in Italy, Europe’s hardest-hit country.The scheme has helped house people like Julie, who works at a doctors’ surgery near Avignon and was living with her vulnerable grandparents before.“I prefer to isolate myself and protect my grandparents,” she explains. “It’s a great initiative that should be publicised as much as possible.”Click on the player above to watch the report by Erika Olavarria and Ellen Gainsford.