France said on Friday its military forces had killed Al-Qaeda’s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel, a key Islamist fighter that its forces had been hunting for more than seven years, during an operation in Mali.
France again ranked fourth in coronavirus deaths after the United States, Britain and Italy, as Spain revised its tally down by nearly 2 000 on Monday.
The number of confirmed new coronavirus infections in France increased by 115, or 0.1%, to144 921 on Sunday, the lowest daily increase since the country went into lockdown on March 17, the health ministry said in a statement.
Coronavirus infection rates in France have slowed further and the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital and intensive care continued to fall, health ministry figures showed, a sign that social distancing is keeping contagion in check for now.
French health authorities reported 110 new coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, an increase of 0.4%, bringing the total to 28,132, the fourth-highest in the world behind the US, Britain and Italy.