Watch: Why the French Covid-19 crisis could make or break Emmanuel Macron

France currently finds itself between a rock and a hard place, according to The Telegraph’s Paris Correspondent Henry Samuel.

On Wednesday evening, Emmanuel Macron announced strict new month-long measures including closing schools for three weeks, abandoning his efforts to keep France out of a third coronavirus lockdown.

Opposition groups boycotted a parliamentary vote on tougher restrictions and said they would not rubber-stamp the whims of “a monarch”.

On top of this, scientists and doctors have been urging the Mr Macron for months to send the country into a lockdown to avoid overloading the public health system.

With only a year left to sway voters his way ahead of the French presidential elections, Mr Macron’s strategy needs to pay off now more than ever, says Henry Samuel.

Watch his full analysis in the video above.

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