French new car orders slumping by up to 90% since new lockdown - government source

FILE PHOTO: Some traffic is seen from place de la Concorde in Paris on the first day of the second national lockdown as part of the COVID-19 measures to fight a second wave of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) - French new car orders have fallen by 70 to 90 percent since the new national lockdown put in place a week ago by the government to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, a French finance ministry source told journalists.

Aid measures set up to help people buy new cars, especially more environment-friendly ones, will be extended for a further six months, to July 1st, the source added.

Reporting by Gilles Guillaume; Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta