France to enter a third national lockdown for four weeks amid COVID-19 surge

French schools to close for at least three weeks as lockdown measures tightened
Residents wearing protective face masks walk past the closed Orsay Museum in Paris as a lockdown is imposed to slow the rate of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, April 16, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

From Saturday, for at least four weeks, the rules currently in operation in 19 French departments including the Paris region will be extended to the rest of the country, Emmanuel Macron has confirmed in a televised speech as France combats a third wave of coronavirus cases.

Announcing the month-long nationwide measures, the French president, who has long resisted calls for such another national lockdown, said:

We will lose control if we do not move now.

The Guardian’s Kim Willsher has this summary of the measures just announced:

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