France agreed a pay rise of $9 billion for its health workers. Workers will get $208 more in pay each month. The pay rise was to thank workers for their work in the coronavirus pandemic. The Prime Minister called it "a historic moment" Millions of French people clapped nurses and doctors during the pandemic.
Monday's announcement was on the day before France's national day. Health workers were at a ceremony in Paris. Unions asked them to stay away as a protest. The unions want the government to protect staff more. The government said it would do more. It said the pay rise was a "way of catching up for years of delay".