French health minister Olivier Veran warns against kissing to stop coronavirus ...

French warned to stop greeting with kisses as government bans gatherings of more than 5,000 people in fight against coronavirus French health minister Olivier Veran urged people to 'avoid physical contact'  He said that includes the French practice of 'la Bise' - kissing on both cheeks  More than 100 people in France have the virus, with 86 in hospital and two dead  

By Lara Keay For Mailonline

Published: 09:03 GMT, 1 March 2020 | Updated: 09:07 GMT, 1 March 2020

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French people have been warned to stop kissing one another in a bid to control the coronavirus epidemic.

Health minister Olivier Veran has urged people to avoid doing 'la Bise', the practice of kissing someone on both cheeks, to greet them or say goodbye. 

He told a media briefing: 'The reduction in social contacts of a physical nature is advised. That includes the practice of the bise.' 

More than 100 people have contracted coronavirus in France, with two dead and 86 in hospital. 

A 60-year-old French man died in Paris on Wednesday, while an 80-year-old Chinese tourist died in France on Valentine's Day.  

French President Emmanuel Macron is pictured kissing Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte on the cheek this week

French President Emmanuel Macron is pictured kissing Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte on the cheek this week

Indoor gatherings of more than 5,000 people have been banned by

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