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French PM does not rule out local lockdown due to COVID-19 spike

FILE PHOTO: People walk past a placard that reads "Mandatory to wear a mask" in the streets of Lille as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in France, October 8, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Monday he did not rule out local lockdowns in France due to a resurgence of new coronavirus infections.

“Nothing must be ruled out,” Castex told franceinfo radio after being asked about potential local lockdowns.

Castex said France was facing a “strong” second wave of new infections.

President Emmanuel Macron will speak about the epidemic in television interviews on Wednesday evening, franceinfo radio and BFM TV said.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Matthieu Protard; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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