• A picture taken on 16 December 2020 shows French President Emmanuel Macron addressing the press upon the arrival of Portuguese Prime minister for a working lunch at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris. Picture: AFP.

    Macron gambles by saying 'no' to lockdown

    The move keeps France on a different path to its biggest neighbours Britain and Germany at a time when the more contagious UK variant of the disease is spreading rapidly across Europe.

  • A picture taken on 16 December 2020 shows French President Emmanuel Macron addressing the press upon the arrival of Portuguese Prime minister for a working lunch at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris. Picture: AFP.

    Macron 'stable' after virus infection: presidency

    Macron, who is working in self-isolation from an official residence outside Paris, 'is still presenting the same symptoms of the COVID-19 illness (fatigue, coughing, stiffness)', said the brief statement, signed by his doctor.

  • This picture shows a screen displaying French President Emmanuel Macron as he addresses the nation during a televised interview from the Elysee Palace concerning the situation of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in France, in Paris on 14 October 2020. Picture: AFP

    France 'still far' from ending partial COVID-19 lockdown

    Declines in daily new COVID-19 cases since a second nationwide lockdown began on 30 October have sparked a chorus of calls from business associations to let stores open as soon as 27 November for the 'Black Friday' sales that kick off the holiday shopping season.

  • This picture shows a screen displaying French President Emmanuel Macron as he addresses the nation during a televised interview from the Elysee Palace concerning the situation of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in France, in Paris on 14 October 2020. Picture: AFP

    Macron says can 'understand' shock of cartoons

    Macron sparked protests in the Muslim world after the murder earlier this month of teacher Samuel Paty -- who had shown his class a cartoon of Mohammed -- by saying France would never renounce its right to caricature.