Paris mayor puts President Macron on spot over refusal to order new lockdown

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The city authorities in Paris, led by mayor Anne Hidalgo, have suggested that the French capital and surrounding region be put under a new lockdown to tackle the worsening Covid-19 virus situation there. This has piled pressure on President Emmanuel Macron who has been described by some as the country's “epidemiologist-in-chief” and who has so far resisted growing calls for a lockdown not just in the capital but across France. As Ellen Salvi reports, the Paris authorities are effectively asking a question that the head of state's supporters are refusing to countenance: what if the French president has got it wrong?

France could impose more regional lockdowns in worst Covid areas

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PM Jean Castex said a new nationwide lockdown was not on the agenda, but said French citizens needed to be in a state of heightened alert to make sure they contain the spread of the virus while vaccines are rolled out.

Dunkirk to have weekend lockdown amid ‘alarming’ Covid-19 situation

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Health minister Olivier Véran said the authorities would also increase vaccine supplies for the port in Northern France.

French Riviera in weekend lockdown to stem coronavirus surge

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In face of a surge in cases of coronavirus infections in south-east France, which are well above the national average, parts of the French Riviera, including the city of Nice and the town of Cannes, are to be subject to weekend lockdowns at least over the next fortnight,

Macron warned over delaying new lockdown

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A senior French epidemiologist and advisor to the French government on management of the Covid-19 pandemic has warned President Emmanuel Macron against further delaying a third public lockdown as the highly transmissible coronavirus variant first recorded in the UK threatens an 'exponential' rise in Covid-19 cases. 

French PM says no need for new national lockdown for now

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Jean Castex said that the rate of infection had not significantly strengthened over the past two weeks, even if the pressure on French hospitals remained strong.

France's Covid-19 indicators at a two-months high but no lockdown

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The Covid death toll was up by 455,and seven-day moving average of daily new cases now stands at 20,515, a high since November 23rd.

New Covid-19 restrictions ‘only delaying inevitable’ say French experts

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One health expert said the new measures - imposed instead of another lockdown and which include closing shopping centres - are 'almost meaningless'.

Macron mulls third lockdown despite concerns over public mood

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Move comes as French government concedes that a tougher nightly curfew has largely failed to control the spread of the virus.

Macron faces growing pressure to impose new lockdown in France

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Doctors and researchers are raising the alarm as new, more contagious variants of the coronavirus circulate in France and the prime minister has hinted that tougher measures might be needed.

New anti-Covid measures in France ahead of likely third lockdown

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As of Sunday, people arriving in France from EU countries must produce a negative coronavirus PCR test obtained in the previous 72 hours, a measure already imposed on non-EU arrivals, while a growing number of experts advise that the high new rates of Covid-19 infections, hospitalisations and deaths registered in the country require a third lockdown on public movement.

Michelin Guide maintains awards despite Covid closure of restaurants

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The awards for the 2021 Michelin Guide for France were based on reviews of restaurants that have spent much of the past year completely closed, a director explaining that its anonymous reviews were squeezed into a reduced six-month period between lockdowns.

France sees sharp surge in new daily Covid-19 infections

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The French health ministry reported 26,457 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours on Wednesday, but the number of persons hospitalised for the disease declined by 183.

A year of Covid-19: the stories from an apartment block in Meaux

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As 2020 draws to a close amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Mediapart knocked on the doors of the inhabitants of an apartment block in the town of Meaux, east of Paris, to ask them about their experiences living through a year unlike any other. The lurking threat of the virus was of course a constant angst, but for many, it is the social and economic consequences that have marked them, and which leave them fearful for the future. Mathilde Goanec reports (illustrations by Fanny Monier).  

French minister warns that third lockdown cannot be ruled out

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Health minister Olivier Véran spoke as authorities in France fear arrival of a third wave in the weeks following the Christmas holidays.