Faced with the new wave of Covid-19, Elisabeth Borne prefers to encourage rather than impose.

The Prime Minister thus called on Wednesday for “vigilance” and the wearing of a mask in “closed spaces where there are many people”, but she will not make it a national “obligation”.

“The epidemic is starting again.

So I call on everyone to be vigilant”, and the elderly and vulnerable “to do their 2nd reminder” of the vaccine.

"It's important because there will be a lot of mixing this summer," said the Prime Minister on TF1, who had just delivered her general policy statement to the Assembly.

"The French today know the right gestures"

“When you are in closed spaces, where there are a lot of people, you have to wear the mask, especially in transport”, she insisted, reporting having worn it herself in the hemicycle.

But, she said, "we do not intend to have a national measure of obligation" because "the French today know the right gestures".

The head of government was questioned about wearing a mask in view of her obligation decided on public transport in the metropolis of Nice from Monday, according to the mayor of the city Christian Estrosi.

The number of new Covid-19 contaminations has risen to 154,615 over the past 24 hours, according to data from Public Health France published Wednesday evening, after 206,554 the day before.

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