PARIS – Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Thursday that France is entering a phase of loosening its lockdown and that the greater Paris region is no longer considered a “red” sensitive area for coronaviruses.
Philippe told the 67 million French people that the danger remains hidden and that the government will pay particular attention to public health indicators in Paris and its surroundings as the restrictions are relaxed.
“Freedom will become the rule, will prohibit the exception,” said Philippe during a television address.
The coronavirus claimed the lives of more than 28,500 people in France, but on Wednesday the death toll increased by less than 100 for the seventh consecutive day.
Philippe said that the greater Paris region is now designated the “orange” zone, which means that Paris is not as virus-free as almost all other regions designated “green”, and that the relaxation of restrictions would be more prudent .
“The results are good from a health point of view, even if we remain cautious,” said the Prime Minister.