France reflects on a month-long national lockdown to fight the COVID-19 crisis – BFM TV

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FILE PHOTO: The gate of a closed garden is seen near Place du Maréchal Juin in Paris as a lockdown is imposed to slow the rate of spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, 23 March 2020. REUTERS / Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government is considering a one-month nationwide lockdown to tackle an increase in coronavirus infections that could go into effect at midnight on Thursday, French channel BFM TV reported on Tuesday.

French President Emmanuel Macron is due to make a televised speech on Wednesday. His office did not say whether Macron would then announce such a measure.

BFM TV added that the planned lockdown would be “more flexible” than the strict movement restrictions imposed in France in March of this year.

Reporting by Sarah White and Michel Rose; Editing by Chris Reese

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