Daily bread? In France, fighting virus 1 baguette at a time

LE VESINET, France (AP) — In France, the fight against COVID-19 is being waged one baguette at a time. The iconic loaf and the daily ritual of buying it have become loaded with moral, civic and public health considerations that could never have been imagined before the new coronavirus turned life upside down. For French people in lockdown, popping out for a fresh baguette is a handy excuse to get out of the house. But for others, not buying bread and staying indoors is an act of solidarity with the doctors and nurses fighting to save lives. The French government has given bakers special dispensation to work every day of the week if they wish.