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France goes into isolation to combat the spread of coronavirus
Following neighboring Italy and Spain, France has adopted a series of severe restrictive measures
France on Tuesday went into isolation: President Emmanuel Macron announced tougher measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and his government pledged tens of billions of euros in financial aid to help companies stay afloat.
After Macron announced on Monday night tougher border controls and restrictive measures, French residents are only allowed to leave their homes for groceries, work needs and medical attention..
More than 10,000 police patrol the streets to enforce unprecedented peacetime restrictions.
As explained by the Minister of the Interior Christoph Castaner, if a person cannot prove the justification of his movements with the help of a printed official document, he will face a fine. At the same time, in practice, the police are still reacting softly, limiting themselves to warnings.
France, following neighboring Italy and Spain, has imposed severe restrictions on civil liberties in response to the coronavirus pandemic. France has 6,600 confirmed cases and 148 deaths.
Several hours after the isolation regime took effect, many Parisians rushed to leave the capital. Remaining in the city are storming supermarkets and pharmacies, although they must remain open.
The mass exodus from the capital outrages some residents of the French provinces, who fear that Parisians will bring the virus with them and accelerate its spread.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the country’s economy is expected to lose about 1 percent in 2020.
According to him, France can nationalize large companies affected by the financial crisis, as well as allocate 45 billion euros as part of emergency measures to help business..
Concern Airbus announced the suspension of production at its factories in France and Spain. Auto maker Renault closes production facilities in France and Spain indefinitely.
According to Macron, isolation regime will last at least two weeks.
At Paris train stations, people are crowding, wanting to leave the city as soon as possible. Armed police officers patrol train station buildings while platforms are constantly disinfected. According to the representative of the Ministry of Transport Jean-Baptiste Jebbari, the crowding on the trains could contribute to the spread of the coronavirus. The number of intercity high-speed trains TGV will be reduced.