Don’t panic, French prime minister says, as infections mount

  • French President Emmanuel Macron, center, chairs a weekly cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Jean Castex, left, and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian, Wednesday, Aug.26, 2020 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, Pool)

PARIS — France’s prime minister said Wednesday that reopening schools is “one of the essential conditions” for a restart of the country’s economy, which is hobbled like elsewhere by the coronavirus pandemic.