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France mulling month-long national lockdown to combat COVID-19 crisis - BFM TV

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

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government is envisaging a month-long national lockdown to combat a rise in coronavirus infections which could take effect from midnight on Thursday, France’s BFM TV reported on Tuesday.

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

BFM TV added the lockdown under consideration would be “more flexible” than the strict restrictions on movement imposed in France in March this year.

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