The French government has agreed to give a pay rise $9 billion to its health workers. It agreed the deal Monday labour unions. The extra cash means that nurses and care workers will get an extra $208 a month their pay packet. Doctors who work the public sector will also get more money. France's Prime Minister said the pay rise was to recognise the efforts health workers the coronavirus pandemic. During the outbreak, millions of French people applauded and clapped their nurses and doctors. This caused the government to reward them a rise in pay. The Prime Minister told reporters that: "No one can deny that this is a historic moment our health system."
Monday's announcement and signing ceremony was the day Bastille Day on July the 14th. This is a day to honour a turning point the French Revolution 1789. It is the national day France. Around 1,400 nurses, doctors and carers attended a ceremony Paris' Place de la Concorde. However, some unions asked health workers to stay away the celebration as a protest. The unions said the government needed to do more to protect staff and keep them safer the pandemic. The Prime Minister said the government would do more. He said: "It is a way catching up for years delay, for which each and every one us has their share of responsibility."