PARIS - France has started to break the seals on its locked down nursing homes, allowing limited visitation rights for the families of elderly residents.
The visits are proving bittersweet for some, too short and restricted to make up for weeks of isolation and loneliness.
But they are shedding light on the immense emotional toll caused by locking down care homes.
French President Emmanuel Macron has taken notice. He retweeted a painful-to-watch interview with a 96-year-old nursing home resident complaining tearfully about being stuck in her room, deprived of daily visits. In his tweet, Macron wrote: “Madame, your pain overwhelms us all."