Air France to get $7.6-billion government aid package

AP , Friday 24 Apr 2020

Air France
This file photo taken on April 11, 2018, shows Air France planes parked on the tarmac at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in Roissy, north of Paris (Photo:AFP)

 The French government announced a ``historic'' 7-billion-euro ($7.6-billion) aid package Friday to rescue Air France, whose planes have been largely grounded by virus lockdowns around the world.

Speaking on national television TF1, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire pledged 4 billion euros of loan guarantees and 3 billion euros of direct loans to ``save our national airline.''

In exchange for the bailout, Le Maire said the government would set conditions of profitability and more environmentally sustainable, less polluting policies.

He said the government is not currently considering nationalizing Air France.

The government is also considering a 5-billion-euro loan guarantee for carmaker Renault, Le Maire said.

The Dutch government also was expected to announce an aid package for Air France's Dutch partner carrier, KLM.

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