France’s virus curfew leaves Paris streets empty – travel

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The streets of Paris and eight other French cities were deserted on Saturday evening on the first day of the 9 p.m. curfew imposed by the government which is to last at least four weeks.

The measure was announced this week by French President Emmanuel Macron to curb the resurgence of the coronavirus as new daily infections peaked last week at more than 30,000. Macron said curfews were needed to prevent hospitals from become overgrown.

Many restaurant owners are angry with the move that forces them to close early, which they say will devastate the industry.

In France, nearly 20 million people are covered by the curfew and strangely deserted scenes have been observed in Marseille, Lyon, Lille and Toulouse as well. The curfew runs until 6 a.m. every day.

France has recorded more than 33,300 confirmed deaths in the pandemic, the fourth highest death toll in Europe.

(This story was posted from a wired agency feed with no text changes.)

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