PARIS 

French President Emmanuel Macron faces a great leadership test Friday as the deadly coronavirus outbreak continues to claim lives, infect patients and undermine the economy. 

The virus originated in China in December and invaded Europe at end of January, causing it to become the epicenter of the pandemic, with France caught in the middle.

With cases and deaths mounting, Macron closed schools March 9; this week he imposed a nationwide lockdown and urged the nation to stay home to contain the virus. Trips outdoors are allowed only for necessary tasks.

The president’s addressed the nation Tuesday and hit the

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