France's Macron to review COVID-19 situation on Dec. 29 amid surge in cases

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FILE PHOTO: French President Macron, tested positive for coronavirus, talks by video conference in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron and some senior cabinet ministers will review the COVID-19 situation on Wednesday, the Elysee said on Monday, amid another surge in cases that has spurred fears of a third lockdown in France.

The European Union rolled out a massive COVID-19 vaccination drive on Sunday to try to rein in a pandemic that has crippled economies worldwide and claimed more than 1.7 million lives.

France reported 8,822 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, sharply up from Saturday's 3,093.

(Reporting by Blandine Henault and Henri-Pierre Andre; Writing by Matthieu Protard; Editing by Gareth Jones)