Emmanuel Macron has been accused of running "scared" of imposing a nationwide lockdown in France. Mr Macron's Prime Minister Jean Castex again refused to impose a national lockdown despite "very worrying" infection rates in 20 French departments, or counties. France 24's International Affairs Editor Philip Turle said that Mr Macron fears economic ruin and widespread protests if he imposes another lockdown.
Mr Turle said: "It's a will he or won't he every week on Thursday, and once again it's a no. The government doesn't want to bring in a nationwide lockdown for two reasons.
"One, they don't want to hinder the economy even more.
"And two, they are scared that people are bored with the lockdowns in France and they don't want protests to take off.
"But, they are under pressure because the figures are going up.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
"If you look at the map at where these regions under scrutiny are, they are widespread and all quite heavily hit by increased infection rates."
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Emmanuel Macron has been accused of running 'scared' of imposing a nationwide lockdown in France (Image: GETTY)
Macron fears economic ruin and widespread protests if he imposes another lockdown (Image: GETTY)
President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly promised to avoid a third national lockdown, despite the situation in France deteriorating rapidly in the last week.
Mr Castex said stricter limits on movement will be enforced in the 20 "under