Speaking after a meeting of the Defence Council, which makes decisions on Covid-related restrictions, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said that a third lockdown was not a foregone conclusion, but the government remains “extremely cautious and attentive”.
— BFMTV (@BFMTV) February 3, 2021
With rising pressure on hospitals and fear over the spread of the variant of Covid first identified in the UK, speculation had been growing that France was headed back into lockdown.
A Friday evening meeting of the Defence Council was followed by a last-minute announcement from Prime Minister, who detailed the tightening of several rules including the closure of France's non-EU borders which he said was a “last chance” to avoid lockdown.
Police enforcement of the curfew has also been stepped up with 65,000 police checks and 6,000 fines issued on Saturday.
Wednesday morning saw another meeting of the Defence Council, and speaking after it Attal said: “The situation remains fragile.
“The variants continue to develop, they call for our full attention. There is neither a lull nor an explosion in the number of cases.