After gambling France could dodge new COVID lockdown, Macron forced to back down.
There has been chaos and confusion in Germany and Italy after their decisions to suspend use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, with vaccination centres closing their doors and appointments being abruptly cancelled.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries not to pause Covid vaccinations, as several major EU countries halted their rollouts of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab.
Sarkozy found guilty of corruption and influence peddling but is unlikely to spend time in prison
President Emmanuel Macron defended his decision to hold off on a third lockdown on Saturday, telling the public he had faith in their ability to rein in COVID-19 with less severe curbs even as a third wave spreads and the vaccine rollout falters.
French police have fired tear gas at protesters rallying in Paris against a bill that would make it a criminal offence to film or take photos of police with malevolent intent.
Italy increases virus restrictions in five regions
Mayor says suspect arrested after attack near church in southern French city