March 17, 2020 / 12:18 PM / in 24 days

No French coronavirus curfew measures for now - government spokeswoman

A man wearing a protective face mask makes a selfie in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris as a lockdown imposed to slow the rate of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) contagion started at midday in France, France, March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government has no plans to implement a curfew to enforce the country’s strict lockdown measures aimed at fighting the coronavirus outbreak, said government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye.

“We are not envisaging a curfew at this stage,” she told a media briefing.

France’s draconian measures kicked in at midday local time on Tuesday, with President Emmanuel Macron describing the fight against the virus as a “war”.

Some 100,000 police will be deployed to enforce the lockdown. Checkpoints will be set up nationwide and those on the move will have to be able to justify their journey on a printed ministry document, pedestrians included.

Reporting by Marine Pennetier and Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Alex Richardson

0 : 0
  • narrow-browser-and-phone
  • medium-browser-and-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser
  • wide-browser-and-larger
  • medium-browser-and-landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser-and-larger
  • above-phone
  • portrait-tablet-and-above
  • above-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet-and-above
  • landscape-tablet-and-medium-wide-browser
  • portrait-tablet-and-below
  • landscape-tablet-and-below