Ligue 1 will continue in France, despite the announcement of a new national lockdown by President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday.

France has taken dramatic steps to curb the rapid growth of Covid-19 infections in the country in recent days, as more than 250,000 new cases were confirmed in the last week according to John Hopkins University, with non-essential business and services to be closed.

Unlike in the spring, however, when the 2019-20 campaign was arrested prematurely, much to the frustration of certain clubs, professional football will continue to be played, with Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 going ahead behind closed doors.

Minister for Sports Roxana Maracineanu explained on Wednesday: “The coming weeks will be tough economically but also on a human level. This is why I wanted to confirm to you this evening that the continuity of the sport that is practiced as a profession is assured.

“Top athletes and professional athletes will be able to continue to train. And they will also be able to continue to compete since travel for professional reasons is authorised.”

The FFF (French FA) confirmed that third-tier football will also take place, as well as well as the top level of the women’s game and futsal, albeit behind closed doors.

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