Macron: Universities in France Could Resume Face-to-Face Learning in February

Clay Curtis
November 26, 2020

France will re-introduce its 9pm curfew, and the strict associated fines, however Macron said that the curfew will be waived for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Macron faces a challenge to plot a course between containing the spread of the virus, repairing an already battered economy, and responding to a growing backlash against his decisions.

According to national health authorities, the second virus wave reached its peak last week, with numbers of new infections, new hospital admissions and new intensive care patients all declining, while death figures have stabilised.

Only moments before the president's address, France's health agency reported 458 new coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours, taking the total to 50,237.

Asked about this, the French prime minister said that his government was seeking actively to ensure "on a European level that these rules are as harmonised as possible".

People are now barred from visiting members of other households in much of the UK.

Limits on travel will also be scrapped so that people can meet up, with an additional day on either side for those going to and from Northern Ireland.

France will start easing its COVID-19 lockdown this weekend so that by Christmas, shops, theatres and cinemas will reopen and people will be able to spend the holiday with their family, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.

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"We must do everything to avoid a third wave, do everything to avoid a third lockdown", he said.

President Macron said he hoped ski resorts would be able to open in January and that he hoped to give a clearer picture within the next 10 days.

Wearing legwarmers, cummerbunds or headgear made of surgical masks, owners of shops, restaurants and bars marched through Lyon on Monday to demand permission to reopen.

"A new page will open on Saturday, Nov. 28", said Macron.

Starting on Saturday and pending the Dec 15 end to the lockdown, people will be allowed to move freely in a radius of 20 kilometers around their homes for up to three hours a day, compared to 1 kilometer for up to one hour now.

France will be ready to start a vaccination campaign at the end of December or beginning of January, Macron said, starting with the most vulnerable and older people. He also said the government and parliament will have to discuss ways to make the isolation of infected people mandatory.

Cabinet minister Michael Gove said the agreement "will offer hope for families and friends who have made many sacrifices over this hard year". Each contract signed would cover about 30 million vaccine doses, Attal said.

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