France struggles to push Covid app as neighbours race ahead

French app has had about 3m downloads, compared with UK app’s 12m and Germany’s 18m

France is looking across the Channel with rare admiration after the NHS Covid-19 test-and-trace app was downloaded 12.4m times in four days – a much greater take-up than its French equivalent.

An estimated 3 million people have downloaded the French app, called StopCovid, since its launch in June. In August it was revealed that the app had sent only 72 alerts.

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