France will distribute 40 million face masks to the country's poorest citizens, Health Minister Olivier Véran told television station France 2 on Wednesday.
The free and reusable masks will be sent to "7 million French people on the threshold of poverty," Véran said, reports the CNN.
Those receiving state financial aid to help pay for medical expenses will get the masks, Véran added, noting that the face coverings are washable and can be worn up to 30 times.
They will be posted directly to those who qualify for them, he said.
Mask-wearing was made compulsory in all indoor public spaces in France on Monday. French police officers have the power to fine citizens €135 ($156) for not abiding by the rules.