French PM: Only 30 people in places of worship for now

Catholic authorities complained it was not adapted to the vast variety of the size of churches

  
French Prime Minister Jean Castex speaks during a news conference on easing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in Paris, France November 26, 2020. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

French Prime Minister Jean Castex speaks during a news conference on easing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in Paris, France November 26, 2020. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS - French Prime Minister Jean Castex confirmed on Thursday places of religious worship could only welcome 30 people for now, whatever their size, but added this measure could progressively evolve.

When French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned the 30-figure on Tuesday, Catholic authorities complained it was not adapted to the vast variety of the size of churches.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Alison Williams) ((sudip.kargupta@thomsonreuters.com; +33 1 49 49 53 84;))

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