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France to give details on easing lockdown

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The French government will detail to parliament on Tuesday how it plans to pull the country out of the coronavirus lockdown that has plunged the eurozone's second-largest economy into a deep and alarming freeze.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe tweeted that he will unveil the national deconfinement strategy in an address at the National Assembly. Lawmakers will get to debate the blueprint before voting on it.
The government has for weeks had teams of experts working on finding a balance between restarting the economy without provoking a second surge of COVID-19 infections that could overwhelm hospital ICUs.
President Emmanuel Macron had already announced that France's lockdown, in place since March 17 and among the strictest in Europe, would begin to ease from May 11.
Philippe's long-awaited speech will flesh out the details. He said it will cover six themes: health, schooling, work, shops, transport and gatherings.
The government says parents will be given the option of continuing to home-school kids if they prefer.

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First Published: Apr 26 2020 | 3:46 PM IST

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