French President Emmanuel Macron is set to announce new coronavirus restrictions amid a surge in cases in the country.
He will give a televised address to the nation at 8 pm CET.
His address comes just hours after Germany announced a limited lockdown to begin on November 2, which will see restaurants, bars and theatres close. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the measures were an attempt to avoid “an acute national health emergency”.
Germany saw 15,000 new cases on Wednesday, a record for the nation, which had fared better than its neighbours over the summer and avoided a total lockdown on the model of the UK and France.
Also on Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warned that Europeans would experience a “different Christmas” this year. “We are deep in the second wave,” she said.