France considers new Paris curfew as coronavirus lockdown rules flouted


France significantly slowed the spread of the coronavirus in the spring with one of the most draconian lockdowns in Europe. But 10 months after the start of the epidemic and with the onset of winter, many people are reluctant to endure another period of confinement.

“It’s unbearable for those who respect the rules to see other French people flout them,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal told BFM TV. “There is an attitude of what will be will be. We must take all the necessary measures to fight the epidemic. “

Attal presented the new curfew as a accomplished fact but Prime Minister Jean Castex’s office said a final decision had not been made.

The issue will be discussed on Wednesday at a meeting between President Emmanuel Macron and senior cabinet ministers, a government source said.

A wave of Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions have sparked resistance across Europe, even as countries like France and Spain face record numbers of daily infections and hospitals buckle under the pressure of new admissions.

In Paris, a person was infected with Covid-19 every 30 seconds, while a Parisian is hospitalized with the disease every 15 minutes, Minister of Health Olivier Veran told RTL radio.

Health authorities reported 52,518 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday. Four seriously ill Covid patients will be airlifted to Vannes, in western France, from Corsica to ease pressure on intensive care units on the Mediterranean island.

France imposed a nighttime curfew on two-thirds of its 67 million inhabitants in the second half of last month, but this was lifted when President Emmanuel Macron ordered a second lockdown, although less rigid than the first , which took effect on October 30.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the end of a visit on the fight against separatism at the headquarters of the Seine Saint Denis prefecture in Bobigny, a north-eastern suburb of Paris, on October 20, 2020. France is planning to d ” enforce a new curfew in Paris to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

(Ludovic Marin / Piscine / AFP via Getty Images)

The Castex office said a renewed curfew for Paris was proposed by police after it became clear that too many people were out late at night and breaking lockdown rules.

The lockdown has forced the closure of all non-essential businesses like bars and restaurants, banned private gatherings and saw the return of affidavits needed to leave the house. Schools remain open.

But some Parisians have complained privately that neighbors still throw house parties against the rules, while some parents say friends still throw games for their children.

An Uber driver from the Dawn team in Paris said he always picked up people who had clearly been in parties all night.

“It is obviously young people who are celebrating,” he said.


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