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4 Feb 2021

Macron rejects third lockdown amid ongoing vaccine supply issues

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

It’s not just Brexit causing ructions between Britain and France; President Macron and his ministers have publicly criticised the UK’s vaccine rollout strategy, claiming the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine appears “quasi-ineffective” in the over 65s.

That claim has been strongly rejected by the vaccine’s developers and the UK government.

But Mr Macron is battling for his own political survival against a surge in support for the far right Marine Le Pen.