President Macron previously branded the AstraZeneca vaccine “quasi-ineffective” but France has now lifted its ban on rolling out the shot to over-65s.
Health minister Olivier Veran said on Monday: “The Haute Autorite de Sante now considers as of today that all three vaccines that we have in France have a remarkable efficacy to protect people against the risk of severe forms of COVID-19.
“As a result, I can announce that from now on people aged 50 and above who have comorbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure or a history of cancer can be vaccinated with AstraZeneca, including those aged 65 to 74.”
The AstraZeneca vaccine has previously been given to residents aged 50 to 64 with pre-existing medical conditions.
It is believed France will continue to vaccine over 75s with the BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna jab.