Paris and other French cities will be subject to a night curfew from Saturday to try to slow the spread of coronavirus, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday.
He said the curfew would also apply to X-en-Provence, Marseille, Grenoble, Montpellier, Toulouse, Saint-Etienne, Lille and Lyon from 9pm to 6pm.
It is effective from midnight on Friday to Saturday.
“The goal is to reduce private contacts, which are the most dangerous contacts,” Macron said.
Violating the curfew at night will result in a fine of 135 euros (approximately 160 160) for the first offense and 1,500 euros (7 1,760) if the offense is repeated, he said.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the names of two French cities that would be affected by the curfew. The cities are Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.