France returns to lockdown amid COVID surge

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Emmanuel Macron

France will go back into a nationwide lockdown starting this week to try to contain the COVID-19 pandemic that is again threatening to spiral out of control

 French President Emmanuel Macron made this known in an address to the nation on Wednesday.

The new measures announced by Macron – which will come into force on Friday will last until December 1 – will mean people have to stay in their homes except to buy essential goods, seek medical attention, or use their daily one-hour allocation of exercise.

Anyone leaving their home will have to carry a special document justifying being outside, which can be checked by police, Macron said.

Restaurants, cafes and shops not selling essential goods will have to close down for at least the next two week.