The French government has laid a path for a gradual easing of restrictions next month, with domestic travel limits to be lifted from 3 May – a week after some schools reopen.
“The peak of the third wave of the pandemic seems to be behind us, with a genuine drop in viral circulation in the past 10 days,” Castex told journalists
Non-essential shops, sports, and cultural activities, and outdoor restaurant terraces could reopen in mid-May, virus figures permitting.
After three weeks off, kindergarten and primary school children will be able to return to class from 26 April, followed by high school students a week later.
France’s vaccine campaign is gaining pace after a slow start, with more than 13 million people now given at least a first dose.
“Thanks to this exceptional mobilization, we are on track to reach our goal of 20 million people having received the first injection by mid-May and 30 million by mid-June,” Castex said in a tweet.