Key quotes from President Macron's speech

"If we are in a position to reopen the country it's because, at every stage of the epidemic, everyone has done their part"

President Emmanuel Macron said that France had "scored its first victory" in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic as he announced a further relaxation of restrictions in Paris and across the country.

Here, we analyse the key components of his speech:

Confinement

With the confinement France made a "humanist choice to place health above economics," Mr Macron said.

"We have nothing to be ashamed of. Tens of thousands of lives have been saved by our choices, by our actions.

"This time has shown that we were resilient (...) that we were capable of being inventive and solid. We can be proud of what has been done."

And he praised citizens who had accepted the strict lockdown regulations. Those efforts, he said, have allowed the country to reopen at a faster pace. "If we are in a position to reopen the country it's because, at every stage of the epidemic, everyone has done their part. (...) ...

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