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French PM: high school students will have to wear masks

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe delivers a speech to present the government's plan to unwind the country's coronavirus lockdown at the National Assembly in Paris, France April 28, 2020. David Niviere/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - French secondary school pupils returning to school next month after a coronavirus lockdown will be required to wear masks, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Tuesday.

Speaking in parliament, Philippe said pupils in junior school would not be required to wear the masks.

Primary schools can reopen from May 11, and high schools will gradually reopen from May 18. The prime minister though said lessons would only resume if there were no more than 15 students present in the classroom at any one time.

Reporting by Michel Rose and Benoit Van Overstraten; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Catherine Evans

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