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French PM does not rule out local lockdown due to COVID-19 spike

FILE PHOTO: French Prime Minister Jean Castex, wearing a protective face mask, at the National Assembly in Paris, France, September 15, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Monday he did not rule out local lockdowns in France due to a resurgence of new coronavirus infections.

“Nothing must be ruled out,” Castex told franceinfo radio after being asked about potential local lockdowns.

Castex said France was facing a “strong” second wave of new infections.

President Emmanuel Macron will speak about the epidemic in television interviews on Wednesday evening, franceinfo radio and BFM TV said.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Matthieu Protard; Editing by Kevin Liffey