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These are unprecedented times and the French state, as the largest single shareholder in parent company Air France-KLM, will want to safeguard its investment.

The French state is ready to help Air France weather the coronavirus storm as it and other airlines counted the mounting costs of the coronavirus outbreak, France’s finance minister said on Thursday.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he regretted U.S. President Trump’s travel ban for Europeans, adding it had come without any consultation.

Le Maire said he had spoken with Air France-KLM group chief executive Ben Smith and that the government “had all the means necessary at our disposal” to help. He gave no further details.

Shares in Air France-KLM fell sharply on Thursday morning to trade more than 7% down at 4.53 euros per share. The share price has fallen by more than half since Feb. 19.

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Photo credit: An Air France Airbus A350. The airline industry is struggling to cope with the coronavirus outbreak. Airbus SAS

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