PARIS - Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Wednesday that schools should be closed to rein in the spread of the COVID-19 virus, speaking ahead of possible new restrictive measures to be announced later in the day by the government.

"I think the schools should be closed", Hidalgo told BFM TV.

(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta) ((; +33 1 49 49 53 84;))