Macron to make live TV appearance as France’s PM warns ‘the second Covid-19 wave is here’

Macron to make live TV appearance as France's PM warns 'the second Covid-19 wave is here'
French president Emmanel Macron is to make a TV appearance on Wednesday. Photo: AFP
French president Emmanuel Macron is to make a live TV appearance as Covid-19 restrictions tighten and the country's prime minister warns of a second wave.

The president will make a live appearance on Wednesday evening, the Elysée has announced, saying he will speak on the subject of the pandemic and its economic and social consequences and answer questions from journalists.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Macron has made several live TV addresses to the nation, including the one on March 12th when he announced that the country was going into a complete, nationwide lockdown.

His latest address comes against the backdrop of a worsening health situation in France, with the prime minister Jean Castex warning: “The reality of the second wave is here – there can be no more slackening.”

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French political leaders including Macron have repeatedly said they want to avoid a second nationwide lockdown of the type the country saw in March and April, which did major damage to the economy.

However as case numbers and hospital admissions continue to rise a series of local restrictions have been brought in for the worst affected areas, including Paris and Marseille.

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Speaking to French media on Monday, Castex said that local lockdowns “cannot be ruled out” if the situation does not improve.

Macron will be speaking at 7.55pm French time on Wednesday and the interview will be be broadcast on France 2, TF1, Franceinfo, LCI, and TV5 Monde.

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