100,000 police officers assigned to monitor lockdown

Gendarmes near the motorway  © PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP

100,000 police officers and gendarmes have been deployed across the country to ensure that the lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 is respected. Travel documents are needed to justify drastically limited movements.  See more details here.

The lockdown is to be enforced until 1 April. President Macron, the health workers as well as Christophe Castaner, the Interior minister all pleaded with people to “Stay at home”

“We are applying the strictest measures enforced in Europe,” the Interior minister said on Tuesday.

Travel is allowed for:

  • Those that need to travel for work when working from home is not possible
  • To buy essentials in a list of government-approved shops
  • For health reasons
  • For family reasons, to take care of children and vulnerable people
  • For some physical activity close to home and walking dogs.

Castaner said we can go out to breathe some fresh air but “certainly not to play football!”

France, in accordance with the European Union (EU), has decided to close its borders to all non-Europeans and non-Schengen members. This for the next 30 days. People with a valid visa may be allowed within the EU.

Citizens of the United Kingdom will be able to travel within the EU zone. Castaner said that travelling within the EU will be limited to what is strictly essential.

“I want to insist, we are not closing down all our borders,” he added. “People who regularly work in neighbouring countries will be allowed to do. And transport of basic goods and health supplies are not banned. So, there is no need to panic.”

Source: RFI