The image below shows the evolution of cases in France since May.
When the second lockdown was introduced at the end of October, more than 50,000 cases of the virus were on record every day.
That number has now dropped significantly, but remains above the target of 5,000, set by President Emmanuel Macron on November 24 as a condition for ending the lockdown.
The country still regularly records figures of over 10,000 per day.
Since the target was not met, the government introduced stricter post-foreclosure measures than expected.
A curfew is now in effect, starting at 8:00 p.m. instead of 9:00 p.m. as originally stated.
There will be a curfew exemption on December 24 only, allowing families and friends to celebrate Christmas together. There will be no exemption on December 31, as was originally stated.
Cinemas, theaters, museums and casinos, which were to reopen, remain closed. The government has said this rule will be revised on January 7, 2021.
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