March 12, 2020 / 3:26 PM / 18 days ago

France considers postponing local elections over virus concern - JDD

PARIS, March 12 (Reuters) - The French government is considering postponing nationwide mayoral elections set for Sunday over worries about coronavirus infection, the weekly Journal du Dimanche (JDD) said on its website.

A source close to Gerard Larcher - the leader of the Senate, the upper house of parliament, which would have to be consulted on the issue - denied the JDD’s report.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s office was not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau, Nicolas Delame and Michel Rose Writing by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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