French prime minister says need to act now to prevent return to worst of COVID-19 crisis

FILE PHOTO: French Prime Minister Jean Castex looks on during a news conference to present his government's economic recovery plan from the Covid-19 pandemic, in Paris, France September 3, 2020. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s prime minister warned on Thursday that if the government does not act to prevent the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country, there could be a repeat of the situation at the peak of the crisis in March.

“It’s a race against time,” Jean Castex said on France 2 television. “The public must be attentive and prudent. If we don’t act we could find ourselves in a situation similar to spring,”

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Chris Reese