The curfew will last for at least two weeks, the prime minister said.
Until now, most French people have been banned from leaving home after 8 pm, but in several regions, especially in the hard-hit east of France, the ban has been in force since 6 pm.
Castex said fears of a sharp rise in casualties after the Christmas and New Year holidays had not materialized, but stressed that a new general quarantine regime could be introduced at any time if the situation deteriorated sharply.
The prime minister said the situation in France was under control but fragile.
Schools in France will remain open, but indoor sports activities will be banned again.
Kastex also announced at a press conference that immigrants from outside the European Union (EU) will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test less than 72 hours previously and will be required to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival in France and then again. a Covid-19 test must be performed.
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