The number of people in intensive care units fell to 6,883 from 7,004 the day before, he added.
The health ministry said that 353 people had died in hospitals and 290 in nursing homes.
As of Friday, the death toll had risen by 987 as deaths in retirement homes increased.
The number of confirmed and suspected infections to date in France, based on nursing home figures, was 118,479 on Saturday, according to Reuters calculations based on new data released by the ministry. (Report by Jean-Philippe Lefief and Maya Nikolaeva; Additional report by Geert de Clercq; Edition by Hugh Lawson)