Coronavirus: France faces lockdown amid surging cases
31 October 2020 | 1:00 pm
France's interior minister has warned the public to prepare for "difficult decisions" ahead of a Cabinet meeting on COVID-19. Calls are growing for tighter lockdown restrictions amid surging cases.
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