France on Thursday reported 424 more fatalities from coronavirus, taking the death toll to 12,210.
The figures were announced by Director General of Health Jerome Salomon in his daily press briefing.
The number of patients in intensive care dropped by 82, the first such decrease since the start of the outbreak.
The number of confirmed cases in France stands at 86,334.
A total of 23,206 people have returned home after recovering fully.
The economy continues to suffer as France experiences its third week of lockdown.
In a Thursday press briefing, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire and Minister of Public