March 19, 2020 / 4:27 PM / 13 days ago

France's Macron says extension of lockdown is "likely"

PARIS, March 19 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that a lockdown put in place to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic would likely be extended beyond its initial 14-day period.

During a visit to health facilities in Paris, Macron also said that some French citizens still take the lockdown measures lightly.

Following Italy’s example, Macron on Monday ordered a national lockdown that took effect on Tuesday at 1100 GMT and is due to last two weeks. (Reporting by Marine Pennetier; Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; ; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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