France renounces age discrimination in exit from lockout

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PARIS – France will seek to avoid setting different rules for the elderly and other forms of discrimination once the government begins to loosen its coronavirus containment measures, said the office of the French president.

France’s lockdown to fight the epidemic, which, like in Spain, Italy and many other European countries, includes restrictions on store openings and movement of people, will remain in place until May 11 at least, said President Emmanuel Macron earlier this week.

After that, schools and stores are expected to reopen, although the speed at which France will allow certain businesses such as hotels or cafes to restart is still unclear, and whether it plans to lift the recommendations on containment house for everyone at the same time.

Speculation has grown in recent days over whether the elderly, who are considered more vulnerable to the deadly virus, should stay at home longer.

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