PARIS (AP) – The streets of Paris and eight other French cities were left stranded on Saturday night on the first day of a government-imposed 9 pm curfew set to last at least four weeks.
This move was announced by French President Emmanuel Macron to prevent coronavirus resurgence as new infections reach more than 30,000 a day. Macron said curfews are needed to prevent local hospitals from overreacting.
In France, nearly 20 million people are covered by the curfew and wild desert areas have also been observed in Marseille, Lyon, Lille and Toulouse. The curfew runs until 6 a.m. daily. The country is deploying an additional 12,000 police officers to implement the new policies.
Many bar and restaurant owners bristle to order. An earlier month lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus in the spring broke the sector.
“I have the right to ask about the government’s strategy. I think this is a catastrophic step for the industry, “said Xavier Denamur, who owns Les Philosophes and many other bicos in the chic Le Marais district of Paris.
Denamur said the curfew should not start before 11 p.m.
“At least that won’t hurt us,” he said. “There is no evidence that this time difference will have any effect on the virus cycle.”
France saw more than 33,300 confirmed pandemic deaths, the fourth highest death toll in Europe.
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