Frenchman fined for violating lockdown for “smashing guy’s face”

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The 39-year-old man, living in Brittany in north-western France, was hiding behind a car early on Saturday morning when he was spotted by a police patrol.

He appeared to be drunk, police said. He was questioned and officers discovered he carried a knife.

Police checked his explanation for being outside and found that the man had written in the clearance form, “I went and smashed a guy’s face. It’s my excuse and it’s a good excuse. “

Lannion police chief Daniel Kerdraon said officers explained that was not a legitimate reason and that he would be detained overnight.

“Somehow he wanted to obey the law because when questioned at the police station he insisted he was less than a mile from his home. Kerdraon told CNN.

Under the country’s lockdown restrictions, people are allowed to be outside for one hour of exercise per day and no more than one kilometer (about 0.6 miles) from their residence.

The man was fined 135 euros ($ 160) for breaking the lock and 150 euros ($ 177) for being drunk in a public space.

On Monday, the man was questioned for carrying the knife. He told the police he “had no intention of hurting the guy with it.”

France imposed a new lockdown at the end of October in response to an increase in Covid-19 cases, closing non-essential businesses, restaurants and bars.

Schools and workplaces have remained open and home visits are permitted, but people may otherwise only leave their homes for work, medical reasons, purchases of essential goods or exercise.

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