Paris under Covid-19 curfew [in photos]

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Just before 9 pm on Saturday, restaurant in Paris closed their doors and people rushed to go back home to respect a strict curfew put in place to slow the coronavirus outbreak. The streets of the City of Light were deserted where it is usually common to sit down to a meal after 9 pm.

The French government announced on Wednesday a 9 pm to 6 am curfew for densely-populated Paris and eight other French cities — some 20 million inhabitants — and imposed a limit of six on home gatherings blamed for a large proportion of new coronavirus infections.

On Saturday, a total of 1,350 police and gendarmes were deployed in Paris and its suburbs to ensure compliance with the latest restrictions — the strictest since a two-month lockdown ended in May.

Curfews are also in place in the cities of Lille, Lyon, Toulouse, Montpellier, Saint-Etienne, Aix-Marseille, Rouen and Grenoble.

The curfew will remain in place for at least four weeks.

► The photos below were shot during Paris curfew on Saturday night.

A waiter closes a bar terrace in Paris on Saturday 17 October, 2020. The monthlong curfew came into effect Friday at midnight in Paris and eight other French cities. © AP/Lewis Joly
A waiter closes a bar terrace in Paris on Saturday 17 October, 2020. The monthlong curfew came into effect Friday at midnight in Paris and eight other French cities.
A waiter closes a bar terrace in Paris on Saturday 17 October, 2020. The monthlong curfew came into effect Friday at midnight in Paris and eight other French cities. © AP/Lewis Joly
Empty streets in Montmartre during the late-night curfew imposed in Paris from 9pm to 6am starting on 17 October, 2020.
Empty streets in Montmartre during the late-night curfew imposed in Paris from 9pm to 6am starting on 17 October, 2020. © Reuters/Charles Platiau
Empty streets around the Moulin Rouge cabaret during the late-night curfew in Paris, 17 October, 2020.
Empty streets around the Moulin Rouge cabaret during the late-night curfew in Paris, 17 October, 2020. © Reuters/Charles Platiau
People will need a signed certificate or an electronic version downloaded to a phone for activities allowed during the curfew, such as walking their dog.
People will need a signed certificate or an electronic version downloaded to a phone for activities allowed during the curfew, such as walking their dog. © Reuters/Charles Platiau
Place de la Madeleine in Paris on 17 October, 2020.
Place de la Madeleine in Paris on 17 October, 2020. © AP/Lewis Joly

 

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