115,228 new cases were identified and 2,392 more deaths.
The French government faces criticism for its slow vaccine rollout, due in part to questionable EU decisions and policies.
The country has never imposed the type of lockdown seen elsewhere in Europe, and until now prioritised social distancing over the use of face masks.
'We’re at a critical juncture of facing a large number of infections nationwide.'
But it would aim to suspend all political processes, with daily routines allowed to continue.