This measure is applied from 9 at night until 6 in the morning; the government deployed 12,000 police officers to enforce these new rules
The streets of Paris and eight other French cities were left deserted last night in the first curfew ordered by the government starting at 9 pm and which will last at least four weeks to stop a second wave of the coronavirus.
The measure was announced by President Emmanuel Macron as new infections exceeded 30,000 per day. Macron said curfews were necessary to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.
Some 20 million people will be under curfew. Eerily deserted scenes were also seen in Marseille, Lyon, Lille, and Toulouse. The curfew runs until 6 am every day. The government deployed an additional 12,000 police officers to enforce the new rules.
Many bar and restaurant owners are disgusted by the move. The first lockdown, in the spring, to combat the spread of the coronavirus devastated the sector.
“I have the right to question the government’s approach. I think it is a catastrophic move for the industry,” said Xavier Denamur, owner of Les Philosophes and other bistros in Paris’s posh Marais district.
Denamur said the curfew should not start before 11 p.m.
At least that wouldn’t destroy us,” he said. “There is no evidence that this difference of a couple of hours has any effect on the circulation of the virus.”
France has reported more than 33,300 deaths from COVID-19, fourth in Europe.