First night of curfew on Saturday in Île de France and in eight French metropolises. Some 20 million people are now prohibited from leaving their homes between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., with some exceptions and with proof.
And to enforce this measure, nearly 12,000 police and gendarmes are mobilized, in addition to municipal police.
If many voices have been raised in recent days to denounce “the injustice” or “the ineffectiveness” of the curfew, it has been rather well applied in Paris, according to the teams of Commissioner Patrick Caron. “We can see that the Parisians respect the measure that has been ordered and, apart from theprofessionals__who intervene, especially in the context of take-away sales, there is currently no one in the streets, says the commissioner. I am optimistic. It reminds me of the containment measures that had been taken and that had been particularly well respected. “
For the government, the curfew is the only measure to avoid a complete re-containment, while the health situation is deteriorating sharply. On Saturday, 32,000 Covid-19 contaminations were identified in 24 hours in France, a record.
Scheduled for at least four weeks, the curfew could be extended if the epidemic does not stabilize. President Emmanuel Macron has already mentioned the date of December 1.