In a televised speech to the country on Thursday night, President Emmanuel Macron announced sweeping new measures to try and contain the virus that had contaminated over 2,870 people so far and claimed the lives of 61 people.
“I want to be very clear with you tonight,” the French President said. “We are only at the beginning of the epidemic.”
France's priority was to slow down the progression of the epidemic, Macron said before announcing the closure of all education institutions.
But he did warn that borders could close but decisions needed to be taken at a European level.