France mulling month-long national lockdown to combat COVID-19 crisis: BFM TV

FILE PHOTO: Empty streets are seen in Montmartre few minutes before the late-night curfew due to restrictions against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris, France, October 22, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government is envisaging a month-long national lockdown to combat a rise in coronavirus infections which could take effect from midnight on Thursday, France’s BFM TV reported on Tuesday.

French President Emmanuel Macron is due to make a televised address on Wednesday. His office did not comment on whether Macron would announce such a measure then.

BFM TV added the lockdown under consideration would be “more flexible” than the strict restrictions on movement imposed in France in March this year.

Reporting by Sarah White and Michel Rose; Editing by Chris Reese