What you need to know
- Apple is closing all 20 of its French Apple Stores.
- France is now entering another COVID-19 lockdown.
Apple is closing each of its 20 Apple Stores in France as part of the country's efforts to deal with the COVID-19 situation. France is now entering its third lockdown as it hopes to reduce infection rates.
We will lose control if we do not move now," French President Emmanuel Macron said during a televised address. The country's death toll stands at almost 100,000 people with a faltering vaccine rollout also hampering the situation.
As France continues to battle the virus stores in the United States all remain open at the time of writing. Stores in the UK remain closed as part of the region's own lockdown, although it is currently in the midst of a reopening plan.
Many French Apple Stores were already closed, although some such as those in Lille and Paris were open. Those too will now close from tomorrow. The additional store closures were first reported by MacGeneration.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.