French court finds “accomplice” masks violate freedom of movement

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                Un tribunal français a ordonné à un maire de banlieue parisienne de suspendre son ordonnance contraversive selon laquelle les habitants de la ville doivent porter des masques faciaux lorsqu'ils sont à l'extérieur pour combattre Covid-19.
            

Jeudi, un tribunal de Nanterre a statué que le maire de Sceaux, Philppe Laurent "n'était justifié par aucune circonstance locale, et porte gravement atteinte à la liberté de circulation fondamentale", selon Patrice Spinosi de la Ligue des droits de l'homme (LDH), le groupe qui avait déposé une plainte.

Spinosi added: “The restriction of rights and freedoms to guarantee public health can only be ordered by a government. “

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner also warned that mayors should not issue unilateral masks, adding that it was a “thorny subject” and “medically unproven”.

Laurent had ordered residents of the southern Parisian suburb of Sceaux, over the age of 10, to wear masks outside starting Wednesday.

Mixed messages

The debate is raging in France on the question of whether facial masks help slow the spread of the virus.

The government first declared that it was not necessary for the general public – with shortages in hospitals where they were really needed – but then changed its position to say that they could be useful.

Protective masks are seen in Aline Buffet's sewing workshop in Cannes, while the spread of coronavirus disease continues in France, on April 8, 2020.
Protective masks are seen in Aline Buffet’s sewing workshop in Cannes, as the spread of coronavirus disease continues in France on April 8, 2020. REUTERS – ERIC GAILLARD
    
Selon un sondage réalisé par la firme de sondage Odoxa, 76% des Français pensent que le gouvernement "a caché la vérité" en raison de la pénurie d'hôpitaux.

The Naterre court’s decision was followed closely as some large cities also considered a mandatory mask rule.

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, said that masks would be compulsory in the Mediterranean coastal city once the foreclosure of France is over.