French Finance Minister says will get COVID-19 vaccine when possible

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FILE PHOTO: French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire speaks during a press conference in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday he would get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as he could, despite a vocal anti-vaccination movement in France.

"As soon as it will be possible, I will get vaccinated. I think all members of cabinet will do so, but let me remind you we are not a priority target group", Le Maire, who caught the virus earlier in the year, told BFM TV.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday that France would ensure free COVID-19 vaccinations for all in its social security system and has earmarked some 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion) of next year's social security budget to cover the cost.

(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Hugh Lawson)