French economy braces for third national lockdown
04 April 2021 | 2:32 pm
French President Emmanuel Macron has extended lockdown measures across the country for the next month, in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19. The restrictions will see over 150,000 businesses shuttered, at a cost of €11 billion. Also in the show: we look at the state of America's crumbling infrastructure, and Deliveroo shares fall flat in the company's stock market debut.
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