Speaking in a televised address, Macron said the British variant was creating "a pandemic inside a pandemic" that was more "contagious" and "more deadly."
"Soon, nearly 100,000 families will be in mourning," he said, referring to France's climbing coronavirus death rate. "We will lose control if we do not move now ... we are entering a race."
What did President Macron announce?
A curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., already in place in the worst hit regions such as Paris and the north, will now apply across the whole of mainland France.
Non-essential stores will be closed nationwide.
Other new measures include a domestic travel ban between regions without an essential reason, and the closure of schools for the next three weeks.
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