Emmanuel Macron talks with health workers at a medical centre in Pantin as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues in France, April 7, 2020 [Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters]

At the end of March, radios in France aired a public appeal for donations to help fund hospitals that are struggling to care for the increasing number of COVID-19 patients in the country. The appeal stated that all such donations would be “tax deductible”, but did not explain why the French state, the sixth largest economic power in the world, is in need of the generosity of private citizens to adequately fund the country’s healthcare system during a pandemic.

Soon after this appeal, we have been informed that our hospitals are in desperate need of not

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