Leading French doctor: Macron took big risk by not choosing new COVID lockdown

FILE PHOTO: A Palme d'Or symbol is seen on the pavement near the Festival Palace on the Croisette during a nationwide curfew, from 6 p.m to 6 a.m, due to restrictions against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cannes, France January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron took a big risk by not opting for a new national lockdown last week to curb the COVID-19 virus in France, Eric Caumes, an infectious diseases expert at Paris' Pitie-Salpetriere hospital, said on Monday.

Caumes also told BFM TV that the COVID situation in Paris remained worrying.

France decided against imposing a third coronavirus nationwide lockdown on Friday. Instead it ordered tighter border controls and an increased police action against those breaking a 6pm-6am curfew set up to curb the spread of the virus.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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