Emmanuel Macron and wife Brigette attend Lily of Valley ceremony at Elysee ...

Emmanuel Macron and wife Brigitte attend Lily of Valley ceremony at Elysee Palace as France prepares to ease its third lockdown on Monday The couple wore masks during the traditional May 1 event at the Elysee Palace It comes ahead of the latest unwinding of the country's third lockdown  The number of new daily infections has fallen to the lowest in more than a month 

By Jack Newman For Mailonline

Published: 17:29 BST, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 18:18 BST, 1 May 2021

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Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte have taken part in the traditional Lily of the Valley ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

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The couple wore masks as they celebrated the May 1 event holding the flowers which are a symbol of spring.

The tradition began at the beginning of the 20th century with lily of the valley flowers sold on May 1.

Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte have taken part in the traditional Lily of the Valley ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris

Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte have taken part in the traditional Lily of the Valley ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris

It comes ahead of Macron's decision to start unwinding the country's third lockdown on Monday.

The number of people hospitalised for COVID-19 in France decreased on Friday for the fourth straight day and the average number of new daily infections fell to the lowest in more than a month. 

The overall number of hospitalisations was down by 557 to 28,930 and the number of patients in intensive care wards fell by 129 to 5,675.

The health ministry reported 24,299 new confirmed virus infections, taking the total to 5.6 million - the world's fourth-highest.

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