France will introduce new coronavirus lockdown measures from Friday, President Emmanuel Macron has announced.
Average daily infections more than doubled from 17,000 to 36,000 in the two weeks since his last address.
The latest figure represents a record level of new cases in the country, more than seven-times the peak from the first wave earlier this year.
France now has the highest number of new cases in Europe, more than double the latest figures from Italy and Spain.
Macron said intensive care units in hospitals were already at 58 per cent capacity.
Medical experts warned that hospitals would be overwhelmed by mid November if no action is taken.
Millions of Paris residents fled the city after Macron announced a national lockdown in March, and Google Maps data appeared to show a similar trend on Wednesday evening.
In the hours leading up to Macron’s address on Wednesday evening, roads around Paris experienced severe traffic as fears spread online that a new lockdown would be introduced.