France to introduce 9 p.m. curfew in nine cities

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President Emmanuel Macron announced a curfew from this Saturday, October 17, between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., in the Ile-de-France region and in eight other agglomerations: Lille, Rouen, Saint-Etienne, Toulouse, Lyon, Grenoble , Aix and Montpellier.Mr Macron has said the government has the right to impose a curfew for just four weeks, but he intends to ask parliament to extend it until December 1, raising it to six weeks. “This is the moment that we think is useful,” Macron said.

The president made the announcement during a live televised interview with journalists Anne-Sophie Lapix from France 2 and Gilles Bouleau from TF1.

He confirmed that all theaters, restaurants and bars in Ile-de-France and the other eight cities affected by the curfew will have to close at 9 p.m.

“Obviously, for all those who come home from work after 9:00 pm or who work at night and work later, there will be a permit. For those who have emergencies, such as health emergencies, there will be permits. We will define the situation using common sense that will allow these people to move, ”said Mr. Macron.

“There will be checks and there will be fines, as there are already. It will be a fine of € 135, ”he said.

The president confirmed that there will be a form for people who must exit during curfew, similar to the justification forms required to exit during the national lockdown in the spring.

Mr Macron confirmed that travel between regions will not be restricted until the next October vacation.

He also invoked the UK’s “rule of six”, saying the French should not meet more than six people, including at home.

There will be no restrictions on transportation to the affected areas.

Recipients of RSA and APL will receive aid of € 150 and € 100 per child over the next six weeks, Macron said.

Immediately before Mr Macron’s televised appearance, a state of health emergency was declared, which will take effect on October 17.

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