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French PM: new lockdown means one hour of daily exercise outside

French Prime Minister Jean Castex delivers a speech and attends a debate with members of the French National Assembly about new COVID-19 measures as a second wave of the coronavirus disease sweeps France, at the parliament in Paris, France, October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) - Under the new lockdown being introduced in France from Friday, people will be allowed one hour of exercise near their home per day, and children as young as six will have to wear masks during lessons, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday.

Castex was giving details of a second lockdown that was announced on Wednesday by President Emmanuel Macron, who said it was needed to put the brakes on a COVID-19 outbreak that he said risked accelerating out of control.

Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Toby Chopra

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