French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has said 22 schools were closed in France due to cases of COVID-19.

“In mainland France, there are currently 12 schools closed out of a total of over 60,000, which is a small figure. Adding 10 schools in La Reunion [island], that makes it 22,” Blanquer told Europe 1 radio.

As more than 12 million pupils returned to school in France on Tuesday, some parents and teachers’ unions have voiced concern at plans for reopening classrooms as the spread of the virus gathers renewed pace.



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