French COVID-19 tracing app to be available from June 2: PM

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe speaks during a televised address to announce the second phase of the easing of lockdown measures amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from June 2, at the Hotel Matignon in Paris, France May 28, 2020. Philippe Lopez/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government’s contact-tracing app to curb the new coronavirus outbreak spread will be available from June 2, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told a news conference on Thursday.

The so-called “StopCovid” app in France was approved by the lower house of parliament on Wednesday.

France is preparing to enter a second phase in its relaxation of lockdown rules on June 2.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Michel Rose; Writing by Matthieu Protard, Editing by William Maclean