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Parisians have showed their support for medical staff by waving the French tricolour flag from their balconies as France‘s coronavirus death toll rose by just 166 to 24,760.

Stunning images from Saint Mande, a commune of Paris, were taken during the claps for carers that happens every night at 8pm in the country.

Hospitalisations for Covid-19 and people in intensive care units continued to decline in France, the health ministry said, with Saturday’s daily tally markedly lower than the 218 recorded on Friday.   

This stunning image from Saint Mande, a commune of Paris, was taken during the claps for carers that happens every night at 8pm

This stunning image from Saint Mande, a commune of Paris, was taken during the claps for carers that happens every night at 8pm

This stunning image from Saint Mande, a commune of Paris, was taken during the claps for carers that happens every night at 8pm

Hospitalisations for Covid-19 and people in intensive care units continued to decline in the country, the French health ministry said. Saturday's daily tally was markedly lower than the 218 recorded on Friday. Pictured: A police officer applauds in front of a building decorated with French flags in Saint Mande, near Paris

Hospitalisations for Covid-19 and people in intensive care units continued to decline in the country, the French health ministry said. Saturday's daily tally was markedly lower than the 218 recorded on Friday. Pictured: A police officer applauds in front of a building decorated with French flags in Saint Mande, near Paris

Hospitalisations for Covid-19 and people in intensive care units continued to decline in the country, the French health ministry said. Saturday’s daily tally was markedly lower than the 218 recorded on Friday. Pictured: A police officer applauds in front of a building decorated with French flags in Saint Mande, near Paris

A woman takes a picture of a statue with a mask worn to encourage people to protect themselves against the spread of the coronavirus along the Trocadero square close to the Eiffel Tower

A woman takes a picture of a statue with a mask worn to encourage people to protect themselves against the spread of the coronavirus along the Trocadero square close to the Eiffel Tower

The statue stands in front of the famous landmark

The statue stands in front of the famous landmark

A woman takes a picture of a statue with a mask (left) worn to encourage people to protect themselves against the spread of the coronavirus along the Trocadero square close to the Eiffel Tower (right)

The number of people in hospital with the bug fell to 25,827 from 25,887 on Friday, and the number of people in intensive care with coronavirus fell to 3,827 from 3,878.

Both numbers have been on a downward trend for more than two weeks.

It comes as an opinion poll for Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper found only 20 per cent of French people think far-right leader Marine Le Pen would handle the coronavirus crisis better than President Emmanuel Macron.

Macron’s government has faced criticism for flip-flopping messages on whether, when and where citizens should wear masks, for failing to replenish the stock of masks before the crisis and for carrying out far fewer tests than neighbouring Germany.

Singer Adrien Pelon aka 'Adri1' performs from his balcony for his neighbourhood in Paris, as the country is under lockdown

Singer Adrien Pelon aka 'Adri1' performs from his balcony for his neighbourhood in Paris, as the country is under lockdown

Singer Adrien Pelon aka ‘Adri1’ performs from his balcony for his neighbourhood in Paris, as the country is under lockdown

The number of people in hospital with the bug fell to 25,827 from 25,887 on Friday, and the number of people in intensive care with coronavirus fell to 3,827 from 3,878. Pictured: The neighbours in Saint Mande, near Paris

The number of people in hospital with the bug fell to 25,827 from 25,887 on Friday, and the number of people in intensive care with coronavirus fell to 3,827 from 3,878. Pictured: The neighbours in Saint Mande, near Paris

The number of people in hospital with the bug fell to 25,827 from 25,887 on Friday, and the number of people in intensive care with coronavirus fell to 3,827 from 3,878. Pictured: The neighbours in Saint Mande, near Paris

A woman wearing a protective mask walks at the Pont des Arts bridge as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease starts to have less effect in France

A woman wearing a protective mask walks at the Pont des Arts bridge as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease starts to have less effect in France

A woman wearing a protective mask walks at the Pont des Arts bridge as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease starts to have less effect in France

A pigeon sits on the head of the bronze statue 'Le Matin' or 'The Morning' in Paris. It was produced in 1937 for the new Palais de Chaillot, part of the work produced for the World Fair in Paris that year

A pigeon sits on the head of the bronze statue 'Le Matin' or 'The Morning' in Paris. It was produced in 1937 for the new Palais de Chaillot, part of the work produced for the World Fair in Paris that year

A pigeon sits on the head of the bronze statue ‘Le Matin’ or ‘The Morning’ in Paris. It was produced in 1937 for the new Palais de Chaillot, part of the work produced for the World Fair in Paris that year

Le Pen in particular has relentlessly criticised the government, saying ministers had lied about ‘absolutely everything’.

But she has so far failed to convince a majority of the public she would do a better job than Macron. Some 41 per cent thought she would do worse, while 39 per cent thought she would do neither better nor worse, according to the Ifop poll.

None of the public figures tested in the poll were thought to be able to do a better job than Macron by a majority of the French.

President Macron's government has faced criticism for flip-flopping messages on whether, when and where citizens should wear masks, for failing to replenish the stock of masks before the crisis and for carrying out far fewer tests than neighbouring Germany. Pictured: A man running past the Eiffel Tower on Saturday

President Macron's government has faced criticism for flip-flopping messages on whether, when and where citizens should wear masks, for failing to replenish the stock of masks before the crisis and for carrying out far fewer tests than neighbouring Germany. Pictured: A man running past the Eiffel Tower on Saturday

President Macron’s government has faced criticism for flip-flopping messages on whether, when and where citizens should wear masks, for failing to replenish the stock of masks before the crisis and for carrying out far fewer tests than neighbouring Germany. Pictured: A man running past the Eiffel Tower on Saturday

Marine Le Pen in particular has relentlessly criticised the government, saying ministers had lied about 'absolutely everything'. Pictured: The Eiffel Tower and masked bronze statues in front of it

Marine Le Pen in particular has relentlessly criticised the government, saying ministers had lied about 'absolutely everything'. Pictured: The Eiffel Tower and masked bronze statues in front of it

Marine Le Pen in particular has relentlessly criticised the government, saying ministers had lied about ‘absolutely everything’. Pictured: The Eiffel Tower and masked bronze statues in front of it

Trust in Macron's (pictured with wife Brigitte at the Elysee Palace) government remained low, with 39 per cent of the French saying they trusted his government to face the coronavirus crisis efficiently, stable from a week ago but down from 55 per cent in March

Trust in Macron's (pictured with wife Brigitte at the Elysee Palace) government remained low, with 39 per cent of the French saying they trusted his government to face the coronavirus crisis efficiently, stable from a week ago but down from 55 per cent in March

Trust in Macron’s (pictured with wife Brigitte at the Elysee Palace) government remained low, with 39 per cent of the French saying they trusted his government to face the coronavirus crisis efficiently, stable from a week ago but down from 55 per cent in March

The opinion poll for Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper found only 20 per cent of French people think far-right leader Marine Le Pen (pictured laying a wreath at the Jeanne d'arc statue on Saturday) would handle the crisis better than Macron

The opinion poll for Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper found only 20 per cent of French people think far-right leader Marine Le Pen (pictured laying a wreath at the Jeanne d'arc statue on Saturday) would handle the crisis better than Macron

The opinion poll for Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper found only 20 per cent of French people think far-right leader Marine Le Pen (pictured laying a wreath at the Jeanne d’arc statue on Saturday) would handle the crisis better than Macron

Twenty percent thought former president Nicolas Sarkozy would handle the crisis better, 15 per cent thought left-wing firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon would, and only 8 per cent thought former Socialist leader Francois Hollande would do a better job.

Trust in Macron’s government remained low, however, with 39 per cent of the French saying they trusted his government to face the coronavirus crisis efficiently, stable from a week ago but down from 55 per cent in March.

In a sign economic measures were better received, some 47 per cent of French people said they trusted the government to do the right thing for struggling companies, up 1 point from a week ago but down from 57 per cent in March.

The poll was taken after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe unveiled his plan to gradually unwind from May 11 a lockdown imposed since March 17.     

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