March 12, 2020 / 7:34 PM / 19 days ago

France to close schools to curb coronavirus spread: Macron

PARIS, March 12 (Reuters) - France will from next week close all creches, schools and universities to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus, President Emmanuel Macron said in a televised address.

Describing the outbreak as France’s biggest public health crisis in a century, Macron also urged employers to let staff work from home, and said that the elderly and people with health conditions should stay indoors.

He said, however, that municipal elections scheduled for this weekend should go ahead.

Reporting by Christian Lowe and Geert De Clercq; Editing by Richard Lough/Sudip Kar-Gupta

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