March 19, 2020 / 4:35 PM / in 3 months

France's Macron says extension of lockdown is 'likely'

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that a lockdown put in place to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic would likely be extended beyond its initial 14-day period.

During a visit to health facilities in Paris, Macron also said that some French citizens still take the lockdown measures lightly.

Following Italy’s example, Macron on Monday ordered a national lockdown that took effect on Tuesday at 1100 GMT and is due to last two weeks.

Reporting by Marine Pennetier; Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; ; Editing by Jon Boyle

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