Macron announces nightly curfews in major cities of France

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French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that nightly curfews will be imposed in Paris and other major cities to try to curb the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.


The curfews will take effect from Saturday, and will run daily from 9:00 pm (1900 GMT) until 6:00 am the following morning, Macron said in an interview broadcast on national television. The curfews will remain in force for four weeks, he said. French President Emmanuel President Macron’s office says France will restore a state of health emergency that expired on July 10.


The virus was spreading at parties and private gatherings, the president said, and action was needed now in Paris and eight other big French cities to slow the rate of infection or else hospitals risked being overwhelmed.


The curfews will remain in force for four weeks, he said,