France deploys 12,000 officers for curfew, jail possible

In Paris and other cities on 'maximum health alert'

15 October, 17:01

    PARIS - French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, in a press conference on Thursday alongside French Prime Minister Jean Castex, announced the government will deploy 12,000 police officers and gendarmes every evening to patrol the curfew imposed in some French cities to prevent the spread of Covid.

    Darmanin said the penalty for violating the curfew is a 135-euro fine, "with increases for repeat offenders, and up to six months of jail and a 3,750-euro fine for the third violation".

    French President Emmanuel Macron, facing the advance of the second wave of coronavirus in the country, gave a live TV address on Wednesday evening to announce the curfew.

    It will be in place from 9 pm to 6 am for at least four weeks, and likely extend to six weeks, in Paris and other cities on "maximum health alert" - Lille, Grenoble, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Montpellier, Rouen, Toulouse and Saint-Etienne - where the infection rate is on the rise.

    Macron highlighted the need for "common sense" to guide citizens in this phase, which he said "will last at least until the summer of 2021".

    He said the daily infection rate needs to go down from 20,000 infections to between 3,000 and 5,000, and also spoke about the seriousness of Covid patients in intensive care.

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