To date, France has recorded 3,605,181 infections, the sixth-highest tally in the world. The number of French people who have died from the virus rose by 160 to 84,306, compared to a single-day increase of 183 reported on Saturday.
In the Mediterranean city of Nice, the virus was circulating faster due to the spread of the variant that was first identified in Britain. The city's incidence rate is at 740 cases per week per 100,000 residents, the highest in the country.
"We need strong measures that go beyond the nationwide 6 p.m. curfew, either tighter curfew, or partial and time-specific confinement. A lockdown at the weekend would make sense," Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Sunday.