The French government is postponing a decision on even stricter measures against the coronavirus. What plays a role is that a total lockdown can lead to riots. There is a risk of “civil disobedience,” Christophe Castaner, president Macron’s party chief, told Le Parisien newspaper. Macron has asked for additional analysis on the spread of the virus before making a decision. But that the current situation – a curfew from 6 p.m. – will not be tightened is “unlikely”, according to a government spokesman. A “very strict” lockdown is one of the options. Doctors and researchers have raised the alarm about the virus mutations circulating in the country. The hospital and intensive care units have to process more and more corona patients. Health minister Olivier Veran will hold a press conference on Thursday evening. France has been in lockdown twice before. In the country of 67 million residents, more than 74,000 people have died of Covid-19.