Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigette attend the lily of the valley ceremony at Elysee Palace

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Emmanuel Macron and wife Brigitte attend lily of the valley ceremony at Elysee Palace as France prepares to facilitate third lockdown on Monday

  • The couple wore masks during the traditional May 1 event at the Elysee Palace
  • It is ahead of the final settlement of the country’s third lockdown
  • The number of new daily infections has fallen to its lowest in more than a month

Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte participated in the traditional lily of the valley ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

The couple wore masks when they celebrated the May 1 event with the flowers symbolizing spring.

The tradition began at the beginning of the 20th century with lily of the valley flowers sold on May 1.

Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte participated in the traditional lily of the valley ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris

Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte participated in the traditional lily of the valley ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech at the traditional lily of the valley ceremony at the Elysee Palace

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech at the traditional lily of the valley ceremony at the Elysee Palace

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech at the traditional lily of the valley ceremony at the Elysee Palace

It precedes Macron’s decision to begin unwinding the country’s third lockdown on Monday.

The number of people hospitalized in France for COVID-19 fell on Friday for the fourth consecutive day, and the average number of new daily infections fell to its lowest in more than a month.

The total number of hospital admissions decreased by 557 to 28,930 and the number of patients in intensive care units decreased by 129 to 5,675.

The Department of Health reported 24,299 new confirmed virus infections, bringing the total to 5.6 million – the world’s fourth highest.

The couple wore masks when they celebrated the May 1 event with the flowers symbolizing spring

The couple wore masks as they celebrated the May 1 event with the flowers symbolizing spring

The couple wore masks as they celebrated the May 1 event ahead of Macron's decision to settle the country's third lockdown on Monday.

The couple wore masks as they celebrated the May 1 event ahead of Macron’s decision to settle the country’s third lockdown on Monday.

The 3.2 percent increase from last Friday was the lowest week-to-week percentage increase since late July 2020.

The seven-day moving average of new cases, a closely watched indicator, has now dropped to just over 25,000, from a high of over 42,000 in mid-April.

France also reported 290 new deaths from the coronavirus, up 104,514, the eighth highest number worldwide.

Elsewhere on Saturday, police dealt with protesters in Paris on Saturday, firing tear gas as thousands left across France for workers’ rights demonstrations on May 1.

Stephane Layani, CEO of Rungis International Market, addresses businessmen next to French President Emmanuel Macron at Elysee Palace

Stephane Layani, CEO of Rungis International Market, addresses businessmen next to French President Emmanuel Macron at Elysee Palace

The couple wore masks when they celebrated the May 1 event with the flowers symbolizing spring

The couple wore masks when they celebrated the May 1 event with the flowers symbolizing spring

A police source told AFP that far-left ‘black bloc’ protesters had repeatedly tried to block the union-led march in the French capital, detaining 34 people.

Some protesters smashed the windows of bank branches, set fire to trash cans and threw projectiles at police, who responded with bursts of tear gas and stingball grenades. An injured police officer had to be evacuated, an AFP reporter saw.

The CGT union said nearly 300 May day protests across the country were planned, with authorities expecting a total of about 100,000 protesters to join them.

The crowds had signs with varying demands, ranging from the end of curfew as part of the coronavirus restrictions to ending unemployment reforms due to take effect in July.

Members of the anti-elite yellow vest movement, which rocked Emmanuel Macron’s presidency two years ago before it largely began hissing movements, could also be seen at protests across the country.

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