French nurses and doctors faced off with President Emmanuel Macron at a leading Paris hospital Friday, demanding better pay and a rethink of a once-renowned public health system that found itself quickly overwhelmed by tens of thousands of virus patients.
"We are desperate. We no longer believe in you," said a nurse who confronted Macron at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, saying she's using a long-expired surgical mask. "We are the shame of Europe."
"That's not true," the president countered — but he could barely get a word in as medics peppered him with grievances.