France is experiencing a strong increase in new coronavirus-related contaminations. The situation led the government to make measures such as closing nightclubs and banning dancing in bars and restaurants for four weeks, compromising New Year's Eve parties, as well as cancelling festivities such as concerts and firework shows usually marking the beginning of the new year.
But as the coronavirus spread is setting new records in the country, especially with the Omicron variant spreading at a swift pace, could the government go further? This December 21, 2021, government's spokesman Gabriel Attal told France 2 TV channel if an Omicron-related outbreak was noticed, the executive could go beyond the current measures.
The Scientific Committe's report issued on December 16, 2021, recommended more dramatic measures for the Holidays. They recommend another curfew for New Year's Eve, like last year. The situation is to be re-assessed on December 27, 2021 by the government. On the same day, the executive is expected to present the bill framing the implementation of the vaccinal pass at the Council of Ministers.
Yet, following the press brief held on Monday December 27, the Prime Minister eventually announced a curfew on New Year's Eve and extending school break have not been considered.