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Paris is ruled by the police

France is re-declaring a “health emergency” and imposing curfews in Paris and eight other major cities due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. We called the head of the bureau of the TASS agency Dmitry Gorokhov in the French capital.

How did the French and especially the Parisians react to the introduction of the curfew?

Dmitry Gorokhov: Without enthusiasm, especially the restaurateurs, for which it is a big blow. A full list of measures and clarifications are awaited by the head of government, Jean Castex.

Is this severe measure justified? Is it really that bad?

Dmitry Gorokhov: The end justifies the means. In recent days, 20 thousand new cases of coronavirus infection have been registered daily. The number of patients in intensive care units began to increase significantly. In the intensive care units, there are only 5 thousand places for all diseases, and there may be problems for patients with other diseases.

If it will not be possible to go outside from nine in the evening until six in the morning, then what about those who work in the evenings?

Dmitry Gorokhov: Those who work in the evening and at night and must return home will be given permissions.

And what about fellow journalists who sign the newspaper at night? You can’t catch the metro, you can’t get a taxi.

Dmitry Gorokhov: Of course, journalists should also have permits.

Does it mean a curfew cancellation of work in the evenings of all restaurants and other entertainment establishments?

Dmitry Gorokhov: Yes, it means. In theory, diners should leave the restaurant at 8:30 pm to get home in time.

And what should amateur theatergoers of Opera and Comedie Française do?

Dmitry Gorokhov: Theaters will change the schedule: start and end performances earlier.

Will public transport work?

Dmitry Gorokhov: Public transport will work, but permission will be checked.

An operation to impose a curfew in Paris and other cities are governed by the French Ministry of the Interior and the prefects

Fines are provided for violators. But who should collect them?

Dmitry Gorokhov: Fines are issued by the police.

Who is in charge of the entire operation to impose and comply with the curfew? The Paris City Hall, headed by the almost permanent Anne Hidalgo, or someone else?

Dmitry Gorokhov: Ministry of the Interior and prefects. In the capital and the regions, all administrative orders concerning urban areas are issued by the prefectures subordinate to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

And what about other cities where curfews are introduced?

Dmitry Gorokhov: The rules are absolutely common for everyone.

Any of the Parisian TASS correspondents damned virus?

Dmitry Gorokhov: We are still healthy.

We wish you successful creative work and health.

Dmitry Gorokhov: Thank you. You – the same.

Help “RG”

In addition to Paris and its environs, curfews are introduced in eight major French cities: Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Rouen, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse. In total, more than 19 million people will be under this ban.

The ban on going out will be introduced on October 17 and will be in effect every day from 9 pm to 6 am, and all restaurants and theaters.

The introduction of restrictive measures was announced by French President Emmanuel Macron in a television address to the people of the country. The head of state said that while the tough regime will be in effect for a month, but it can be extended up to six weeks with the approval of the national parliament.

Up to 12 thousand police officers will be involved in the operation to monitor compliance with restrictions.

First violation of the established regime will be punishable by a fine of 135 euros (in terms of Russian currency, more than 12 thousand rubles), and a second will entail an order of magnitude larger punishment of 1.5 thousand euros (135 thousand rubles). And those who violate the state of emergency for the third time will face up to 6 months in prison.

Those working late at night or early in the morning will need to issue special documents explaining the need to move around the city after the curfew begins.

As part of the innovation, all restaurants and theaters in these cities will be required to close after 9 p.m. Private parties, including wedding parties, are prohibited. But the owner of the Elysee Palace asked the citizens, even with their families, not to gather at the table with more than six people and try to wear masks “to the maximum.”

The President did not consider it necessary to impose restrictions on travel to other regions of the country, leaving the French to leave home during a vacation on the occasion of the upcoming All Saints’ Day.

Prepared by Alexander Gasyuk , Diana Kovaleva