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World First evening under curfew for 20 million French people, 12,000 police and gendarmes mobilized

23:50  17 october  2020
23:50  17 october  2020 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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“Everyone at home from 9 pm to 6 am”: 20 million French people are getting ready on Saturday 17th October to live their first evening under curfew, a measure taken by the government to stop the coronavirus epidemic which is rebounding strongly, with the risk of saturating hospitals.

This night confinement strikes the inhabitants of Île-de-France and the metropolitan areas of Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, Montpellier, Saint-Etienne, Aix-Marseille, Rouen and Grenoble.

Exceptions

Exempt are persons who return from work or a place of study or go there, claim a health requirement, must visit a loved one in a situation of dependency, babysit, respond to a judicial or administrative summons or walk their pet within a radius of one kilometer. On the way to or at the exit of stations and airports, plane and train tickets will prevail.

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A measure that once again weakens restaurateurs, already subjected to severe strain with confinement, and for whom the second part of the evening represents a significant portion of their turnover.

"A curfew at 9 pm is anything, it's a bastard schedule", protests Hubert de Faletans, owner of the restaurant L'Esprit du Sud-Ouest in Blagnac, near Toulouse, whose the 120 covers have increased to 80 due to the health protocol already in place.

“A restaurant starts working between 7 pm and 9 pm. We do not understand why we did not put the curfew at 11 pm; at least we can really do a first service, "adds this restaurateur, who makes most of his turnover after 9 pm.

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"I'm fed up, they change every five minutes. They sail on sight and it gets tiring. This closure at 9 p.m. will have no effect (on the epidemic). They are not attacking the right place ", indignant Gérard, the manager of a Toulouse restaurant in the train station area. "Almost every day I have a youngster or two who come by asking me for a job. I've never seen it, ”he warns, worried about the economic consequences.

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As during confinement, people leaving during the curfew must bring travel certificates (to print or download to their phone). Any offender will be subject to a fine of 135 euros and then, in the event of a double repeat offense (three frauds in total), six months in prison and a 3,750 euros fine.

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Some 12,000 police officers and gendarmes, in addition to municipal police teams, must be deployed to enforce these rules.

The police were, however, invited to show “pedagogy” and “discernment”, by evaluating “the good or bad faith” of the people checked, explained a police source.

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Avoid re-containment

As the All Saints holidays begin, the government has not, however, prohibited travel within the country, but some territories have wanted to anticipate an influx of tourists, such as the seaside resort of Touquet, which will establish in turn a curfew.

The government defends curfews as the only measure that will prevent a containment, at a time when the indicators assessing the coronavirus epidemic are deteriorating across Europe.

"No suicide after the curfew"

As in a New Year's Eve atmosphere, in the center of Paris and in the other big cities concerned, thousands of consumers enjoyed until late Friday, a last round of bars, a drink on the terrace or a dinner in town.

Scheduled for at least four weeks, the curfew could be extended if the epidemic does not show signs of abating. President Macron has already mentioned the date of December 1.

France recorded between Thursday and Friday 122 deaths linked to Covid-19, a figure that is climbing, just like the number of people in intensive care. The total number of deaths now stands at 33,303, and more than 20,000 positive cases on average are recorded per day.

Prime Minister Jean Castex on Friday pledged, on a visit to Lille University Hospital, the government's "support" to carers worried about the scale of the second wave.

In the Rhône-Alpes region, non-emergency interventions have been deprogrammed for 15 days, the intensification of the circulation of the virus "strongly impacting the supply of care", according to the Regional Health Agency for whom "the risk of saturation of these services is now real in the short term ”.

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