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US Covid-19: Three things to know on the port of the mask suspended in Paris

16:47  14 january  2022
16:47  14 january  2022 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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The port of the mandatory mask outdoors in Paris has been suspended by the administrative court of the capital Thursday 13 January: A decision that could cause jurisprudence and lead to many other similar decisions elsewhere in France.

Two departments in two days: after the Yvelines, Paris. You are no longer obliged to wear it outdoors in the capital. The Paris Administrative Court suspended Thursday, January 13, the prefectural decree which made the port of the outdoor mask from the Paris streets since December 31. Why has the order been suspended? The Administrative Court of Paris which suspended Thursday the prefectural decree considers, in particular, in its order published this Friday and consulted by FranceInfo, that the measure "does not meet the imperatives of strict proportion to the health risks incurred".

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This decision of the Paris Police Prefecture is not balanced, according to the judge of references: "In view of the physical and respiratory constraints that the wearing of the systematic outdoor mask represent", but also the risk of fine and " Training in communication and social life ", the Paris Administrative Tribunal thus considered that the urgency to suspend the decree was" characterized ".

Direct consequence: one can no longer be sanctioned by a fine of 135 euros if we do not wear a mask in the streets of the capital, or even 1500 euros in case of recurrence.

who attacked this decree?

It is a lawyer,

Jean-Baptiste Souffron , and three law professors who gain cause. They say they attacked the decree of the Paris police prefecture as "simple citizens".

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According to these four applicants , the port of the mask compulsory in outside in all Paris, since on December 31, , is "totally general to carry a mask throughout the Parisian territory, including in Moments where the streets are empty and at times when there is no one, was manifestly disproportionate and could not be taken this way. " Jean-Baptiste Souffron evokes an "inefficient too wide and attack at individual freedoms". Faced with the outbreak of cases, it was necessary, according to him, adapt this decree to the most frequented places of Paris, but not to generalize it to the whole capital. The lawyer saw the government's political "communication" and says rejoice in the decision made by the Paris Administrative Court.

towards new suspensions?

while attempting to explain itself on its decree, stating that "the epidemic situation in Ile-de-France continues to deteriorate sharply and quickly", that "the port of the mask has shown its effectiveness", or Although "it does not affect the freedom to come and go", the Paris police prefect must therefore change his order if he wishes to impose the port of the mask outdoors again in the capital.

more widely, Tuesday, the

State Council

indicated that the prefects could not impose the port of the outdoor mask than under certain conditions: that is to say "by limiting the obligation to the places and hours Strong population traffic ... " The two court decisions taken Wednesday in the Yvelines and Thursday in Paris are at risk of jurisprudence and to lead to many similar decisions through France. The port of the mask was thus (re) became mandatory in many large agglomerations since the end of the year 2021 until recently, or even in whole departments such as Sarthe or Isère.

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