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French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a televised national address Monday evening in which he told his countrymen that "we're at war ... a health war," saying that the European Union is closing its borders and ordering a general lockdown in France to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

"We are at war, in a health war. It's true that we're not fighting either against an army or a nation, but the enemy is here, invisible and evasive, and it's advancing. This requires our general mobilization," Macron said, going on to say the country was "at war" half a dozen times during his speech and calling the coronavirus pandemic "the biggest health crisis that France has known in a century."