The new coronavirus killed an additional 499 people in France on Tuesday as it continues to take a devastating toll on the country, said the health authorities.

The death toll surged to 3,523 and a total of 52,128 cases of infection were recorded, according to the Health Ministry.

The French National Assembly observed a moment of silence midday for all those who perished in the pandemic.

In the morning hours, President Emmanuel Macron visited a factory producing medical masks to both show support and announce an additional €4 billion ($4.4 billion) to fund the production of masks, respirators, and

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