Macron admits ‘I’ve made mistakes’ in France as President announces major new lockdown
And the French President has admitted his country is on the verge of “losing control” as he announced a three-week school closure. During his televised address, Mr Macon said: “We’ve made mistakes. There were delays, there were things that we have corrected.”
Nevertheless, he warned: “We will lose control if we do not move now.”
With France’s death toll approaching 100,000, intensive care units in the hardest-hit regions at breaking point and a sluggish vaccine rollout, Mr Macron has abandoned his goal of keeping the country open to protect the economy.
The announcement means movement restrictions already in place for more than a week in Paris, and some northern and southern regions will apply to the whole country for at least a month, from Saturday.
Mr Macron, 43, had sought to avoid a third large-scale lockdown since the start of the year, instead hoping to steer France out of the pandemic without locking the country down in order to give the economy a chance to recover from last year’s slump.
However, his plan has been derailed by more contagious strains of the coronavirus which has swept across France and much of Europe.
For children after this weekend, learning will be done remotely for a week, after which schools go on a two-week holiday, which for most of the country will be earlier than scheduled.