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Coronavirus LIVE: Riot police deployed to enforce mask-wearing as violent protests spread

Approximately 130 riot police will descend on the streets of the southern city to enforce the wearing of masks as authorities increase the areas where face coverings are mandatory. The councils of Paris and Marseilles have made face masks compulsory in most public areas, after both cities were declared high-risk coronavirus hotspots. Bars, cafés and restaurants have been forced to shut and strict social distancing guidelines are in force on public transport.

Yesterday France saw its largest spike in infections since they eased lockdown measures in May.

On Monday France recorded 3,310 new cases of coronavirus.

The country has 17 new clusters where the coronavirus reproduction rate is increasing.

The total number of clusters now numbers 252 across the country.

To date more than 30,400 people have died from infection with coronavirus in France, giving the country one of the world’s highest fatality rates.

Follow our live blog with all the latest updates below.

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French riot police are sent to Marseilles (Image: GETTY)

8.50am update: Marks & Spencer is set to cut 7,000 jobs over the next three months across its stores and management.

It said the coronavirus pandemic had made it clear there had been a “material shift in trade”.

In-store sales of clothing and home goods were “well below” 2019.

Global coronavirus figures (Image: Express)

8.15am update: The French government has announced that riot police will be deployed in the Marseille region in France.

130 police officers were dispatched to the Marseille area after seeing a spike in coronavirus cases and an increasing in violent incidents in protest against the new restrictions.

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8.00am update: New coronavirus clusters in Glasgow and Lanarkshire have been linked to house parties.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lanarkshire said the two boards were working together on the latest outbreak.

A total of 14 linked coronavirus cases have been identified in north-east Glasgow in addition to eight North Lanarkshire cases.

7.30am update: Gavin Williamson has made a specatcular u-turn in how A-level and GCSE results are assessed.

Instead of using the Ofcal algorithm to determine grades, he now has said that all A-level and GCSE results in England will be based on teacher-assessed grades.

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