France’s Macron to reinstate state of emergency

Clay Curtis
October 17, 2020

Live from Paris, as French healthcare workers have gathered for a protest organised by labour unions to demand better working conditions.

France's President Emmanuel Macron announced a nightly curfew for nearly one third of the country's 67 million people to tackle a resurgent coronavirus.

While the curfew will be imposed for at least four weeks, the management of the health crisis worries the French: 57% of them no longer trust the president for the future, that is to say for protect them both in terms of health and economics.

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Macron said the government would try to extend the curfew until December 1st.

The situation is worrying and the curfew is a "pertinent" measure while having the whole country locked down again would be "disproportionate", he explained.

About 20 million people in Paris and several other cities are under a nighttime curfew
About 20 million people in Paris and several other cities are under a nighttime curfew

The curfews will take effect Saturday and run from 9 p.m.to 6 a.m. the following morning.

"We have to act".

Anyone violating the curfew will be fined 135 euros ($158.61), Macron said. "We have learned from the first wave", Macron said.

"We must continue to be able to go to work in all sectors", said Macron.

There were a total of 30,621 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, up on Wednesday's 22,591, while hospitalisations and deaths linked to the disease also rose.

The announcement on Wednesday comes as France confirmed almost 27,000 new coronavirus cases four days ago, by far exceeding the daily tally reported in the spring.

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