Jean-Francois Timsit of Bichat–Claude Bernard Hospital in Paris told France Inter radio that whatever the country does, those infected this month will soon need to be hospitalized, leading to overcrowding, according to Reuters.
Around a third of the country locked down for the third time on Saturday as cases spiked spurred on by variants, according to France 24.
The term lockdown, which was used by Prime Minister Jean Castex, has led to confusion in the country, however, with President Emmanuel Macron and others objecting to the wording.
Health Minister Olivier Véran said, "We aren't stopping people from going outside, we are limiting gatherings indoors. Walking in a park, riding a bike ... We need those [activities] so we don't crack. The new measures bridge the gap between physical and mental health as the pandemic persists."
Macron said Friday, "We want to put the brakes on the virus without locking ourselves away, without being confined. We have to learn to live with [the virus]; I've been saying this for a year," France 24 reported.