PUBLISHED: 12:47, Thu, Nov 12, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:05, Thu, Nov 12, 2020
France went into lockdown again at the end of October and tight restrictions will remain in place until next month. Prime Minister Jean Castex warned it is still too early to ease the COVID-19 rules after 35,879 new cases reported yesterday took the country's total to 1.86 million. The number of French deaths from COVID-19 also rose by 328 to reach a total of 42,535.
Lockdowns are a Middle Ages answer to pandemics
National Rally MEP Jerome Riviere hit out at the way Mr Macron's government had attempted to tackle the crisis.
He tweeted: "Lockdowns are a Middle Ages answer to pandemics.
"Massive testing, isolation of the affected and treatment of the ill are the keys to Asian success.
"Taiwan (21 million inhabitants) no lockdown and 7 COVID-19 deaths or 400 in Korea, 107 in Hong Kong."
Emmanuel Macron has been criticised over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic (Image: GETTY)
Fellow National Rally MEP Jean-Lin Lacapelle accused the French President of failing to prepare for a second coronavirus wave.
He tweeted: "There has been no anticipation of a second wave from Emmanuel Macron and his government!"
But the Macron administration insists it has taken the right