French health authorities have reported 7360 daily new COVID-19 infections, the first time the tally has topped 7000 since September 21.
In another sign the virus is ramping up again, the seven-day moving average of daily new cases reached a more than one month high of 5669.
The cumulative total of cases in France since the start of the pandemic stands at 7.16 million.
Hospital cases – whose trend usually lags new case data by one to two weeks – were slightly down at 6524 over 24 hours.
But compared to last Saturday’s figure, the total is up by almost 200.
The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care rose by five in 24 hours to 1039 and by 32 over a week.
France also registered 22 new deaths from the epidemic, taking the total to 117,643.