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France closes shops, restaurants, tells people to stay home

By John Irish

 

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People enjoy dinner and drinks, after the French Prime Minister announcement that the shut down of no essentials commerces and places will start in France at midnight, in le Touquet, France, March 14, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

 

PARIS (Reuters) - France will shut shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities from Sunday with its 67 million people told to stay home to help fight the rapid acceleration of the coronavirus in a country where the number of cases has doubled in 72 hours.

 

The government had no other option, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told a news conference after the public health authority said 91 people had died in France and almost 4,500 were now infected.

 

"I have decided to close all non-essential locations, notably cafes, restaurants, cinemas, nightclubs and shops," he said. "We must absolutely limit our movements."

 

Exceptions to the shop ban will include food stores, pharmacies, petrol stations and tobacconists.

 

However, Philippe said Sunday's local elections would go ahead under strict sanitary conditions. This confirmed a decision to press ahead with them by President Emmanuel Macron, who had already announced the closure of schools from Monday and advised people over the age of 70 to stay indoors.

 

"We didn't expect it to be so quick," said Jason Holt, 28, manager at the Cafe Montparnasse. "We're a little shocked because we're going to find ourselves without work."

 

Philippe said the government had been left with no choice because too many people were still out in the streets and not sufficiently applying recently announced measures, including keeping a safe distance from each other.

 

That, he said, was helping accelerate the spread of the virus.

 

Highlighting just that, many bars were still packed after Philippe's announcement and some reported a surge in attendance after the closure order became public, as revellers turned out for a last drink despite recommendations to avoid crowds.

 

"I WILL SURVIVE"

 

At one bar on Rue Oberkampf, a popular nightlife area, people were linking arms singing Gloria Gaynor’s "I will survive".

 

"We were a little depressed because we didn't expect it, but we said okay, let's do our last night today," said 18-year-old student Nadia Abd-Ali, sipping a cocktail with her friend.

 

Philippe said public transport would remain open, but that the government expected companies to put into place systems for people to work from home beginning on Monday. The Chamonix ski resort said it was shutting down from Sunday joining Disneyland Paris, which also closed its doors on Saturday.

 

The go-ahead for elections drew some criticism and concern over the possibility of people being infected at polling stations.

 

Jerome Salomon, head of the French public health authority, said there had been a rapid increase in serious cases, including 300 people in intensive care, half of whom were below 60 years of age.

 

"To date, there has not been enough awareness by French women and men of the importance of their role in the face of the virus. It is urgent. Now is the time to change our behaviour," he said.

 

"We must now do everything to delay, to slow down, to clip the curve of this epidemic."

 

The government wants to avoid a situation where hospitals are overwhelmed by the number of serious cases.

 

Neighbouring Italy's health system has been severely strained by the coronavirus outbreak there.

 

"I am conscious of the efforts and sacrifices that we are asking, but I have faith that the French people will have the capacity to understand the seriousness of this moment," Philippe said.

 

(Additional reporting by Yonathan Van der Voort and Sarah White; Editing by Catherine Evans, William Maclean, Frances Kerry and David Gregorio)

 

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Kinda off topic but I wonder what the birth rate will be 9 months from now lol I guess that’s the silver lining!

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22 minutes ago, Tug said:

Kinda off topic but I wonder what the birth rate will be 9 months from now lol I guess that’s the silver lining!

They will probably call them the corna generation as they called the baby boomers millennials generations...

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Posted (edited)

Will anybody notice the closure, our local huit a huit (8 till 8.) shop opened at 9 am closed for lunch for about one and a half hours and shut at 1800hrs.

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4 hours ago, vogie said:

Will anybody notice the closure, our local huit a huit (8 till 8.) shop opened at 9 am closed for lunch for about one and a half hours and shut at 1800hrs.

Ha Ha. The same in St Aulaye until one day it closed forever!

 

It always made me smile, but the locals never could quite see it.

 

If it was 8 till 8 (including all food breaks and travel time) then they would be right.

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Seems a good move. But exempt tobacconists? If anything contributes to the problem, tobacco does.

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2 minutes ago, zydeco said:

Seems a good move. But exempt tobacconists? If anything contributes to the problem, tobacco does.

"Tobacconists" are mini 7-11s

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In Austria the Tobacconist also sells phone top ups, newspapers, tickets for public transport, lottery tickets. May be same in France.

Btw, in Austria shops but for food, banks, petropl stations, are closed. Certain areas are under quarantine, tourists have to leave, skiing season was cut short.

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6 hours ago, rooster59 said:

Highlighting just that, many bars were still packed after Philippe's announcement and some reported a surge in attendance after the closure order became public, as revellers turned out for a last drink despite recommendations to avoid crowds.

 

"I WILL SURVIVE"

 

At one bar on Rue Oberkampf, a popular nightlife area, people were linking arms singing Gloria Gaynor’s "I will survive".

 

"We were a little depressed because we didn't expect it, but we said okay, let's do our last night today," said 18-year-old student Nadia Abd-Ali, sipping a cocktail with her friend.

 

They call these " corona parties" in the west.

 

Let us accelerate the spread of the virus, as this might be our last chance

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31 minutes ago, ThaiBunny said:

"Tobacconists" are mini 7-11s

Really? So, just like a sort of newsstand with snacks. 

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6 hours ago, rooster59 said:

Highlighting just that, many bars were still packed after Philippe's announcement and some reported a surge in attendance after the closure order became public, as revellers turned out for a last drink despite recommendations to avoid crowds.

 

Morons. So many live in a cocooned lackadaisical bubble thinking nothing can go wrong. People are so reckless now and ambivalent to consequences. I'm mean, for example, how do you end up falling off a cliff whilst trying to take a photo of yourself?

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'Ello 'ello. So the wine drinking cheese eaters have surrendered..... again

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