France goes into lockdown amid coronavirus outbreak; President Emanuel Macron says 'We are at War'

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Published: March 17,2020 03:54 PM
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March 17, 2020: France was ordered into lockdown as Europe closed its borders in the latest drastic attempt to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

March 17, 2020: France was ordered into lockdown as Europe closed its borders in the latest drastic attempt to combat the coronavirus pandemic.



French President Emmanuel Macron said that starting on Tuesday, people would be allowed to leave the place they live only for necessary activities such as shopping for food, going to work or taking a walk.



"From tomorrow at noon and for at least 15 days, our trips will be greatly reduced" Macron said in a televised address.



Macron said the government would provide further details, but he told the French people that everyone should stay at home, go out just for the "bare essentials" and commute to work only if working from home isn't feasible.



Anyone caught violating the new measures will be punished, he said.



The restrictions appeared to put France under a lockdown similar to the ones imposed last week in Italy and Spain in response to the virus. While the restrictions are in effect, residential gatherings with family and friends will be prohibited, the president said.



"We are at war," Macron said repeatedly in his address.



The French plan was announced almost a week after a nationwide lockdown took effect in Italy, the country with the most reported virus cases in the world except for China.



Spain followed suit over the weekend, while other EU nations have adopted ad hoc national measures, including partial border closures.


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