“It is 9:00 p.m. and there is no one left. The situation is almost clean,” notes Commissioner Patrick Caron, of the DOPC (The Directorate of Public Order and Traffic), on patrol near the Latin Quarter, in Paris. “With the experience of confinement, I am relatively optimistic. As we have seen, the Parisian is respectful,” he says, while around him, restaurants

Same feeling in Lille. “The curfew is rather well respected” and people who must be outside after 9:00 p.m. have the reflex of the certificate “, welcomed Saturday evening the prefect of the North Michel Lalande, speaking near the Lille- station. Flanders, almost deserted The Departmental Director of Public Security, Jean-François Papineau, also mentions rules “very well observed” and “very marginal breaches”.

This night confinement – until 6 a.m. – concerns the inhabitants of Île-de-France and the metropolitan areas of Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, Montpellier, Saint-Etienne, Aix-Marseille, Rouen and Grenoble. Exempt are persons who return from work or a place of study or go there, claiming a health requirement, must visit a loved one in a situation of dependency, babysit,

Anger of restaurateurs

A measure that once again weakens restaurateurs, already subjected to severe strain with confinement, and for whom the second part of the evening represents a significant part of their turnover.

“A restaurant starts to work between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. We do not understand why we did not put the curfew at 11:00 p.m., at least that we can really do a first service”, protests Hubert de Faletans, owner of the restaurant L’Esprit du Sud-Ouest in Blagnac.

The world of culture is also in turmoil after the veto of Prime Minister Jean Castex to ease the curfew for this sector hit hard by the health crisis. And tries to adapt by offering schedules, early in the morning[…]

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