French President announces curfew for Paris and other cities

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French President Emmanuel Macron addresses the nation during a television interview with the Elysee Palace on October 14 in Paris. Ludovic Marin / AFP / Getty Images

Paris and other French cities will be subject to a nighttime curfew from Saturday in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday.

The 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew will also apply to Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Grenoble, Montpellier, Toulouse, Saint Etienne, Lille and Lyon, he said.

It takes effect from midnight from Friday evening to Saturday.

“The goal is to reduce private contacts, which are the most dangerous contacts,” Macron said.

Failure to adhere to the nighttime curfew will result in a fine of 135 euros (about $ 160) for a first offense and € 1,500 ($ 1,760) if the breach is repeated, he said.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the names of two French cities that will be affected by the curfew. The cities are Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.

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