France has unveiled new measures to avert an outbreak within its borders as the coronavirus rapidly spreads across Europe. 

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe held an emergency meeting in Paris which was attended by government leaders and opposition members.

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Rally party, was the only notable absence.

The strategy finalized at the meeting contained an assurance of resources and focused on a three-pronged approach.

It was agreed that a total of 108 hospitals across France will be equipped to receive coronavirus patients; 200 million extra protective masks will be ordered; and mayors

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