By Jack Newman For Mailonline
Published: 17:29 BST, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 18:18 BST, 1 May 2021
Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte have taken part in the traditional Lily of the Valley ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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
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.