The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has hampered French military recruiting, reports Agence France-Presse.
Restrictions on enlistment were lifted last week and recruiters have been working to make up for a drop in numbers caused by a two-month nationwide lockdown.
The French military has a target of enlisting 26,000 new recruits for 2020.
In the army, recruiters are about 2,500 recruits short of their goal of 16,000 for this year.
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