College Jules Ferry in Eaubonne, northern Paris, was ordered to close by authorities after two cases of the new strain were discovered at the school during random testing.
The institution will now remain closed until a track and trace campaign can be completed to determine the scale of the outbreak and the risk to the wider community.
The school closure comes after the country’s National Union of School and University Physicians called on the French government to close all schools across three geographic areas for a month from February 8 in a bid to slow down the possible spread of the virus through educational facilities.
In a statement, the organization explained the measure was being sought “to slow the circulation of the virus in schools in order to try to avoid a closure which may be much longer in the context of confinement, which goes against the interest of the students”.
Although the French government has so far been reluctant to impose a new national lockdown, arguing it is not justified at the moment, Prime Minister Jean Castex has said that such a move is under consideration to control the spread of the virus.
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