We are at war – Macron

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“We are at war” through these words, the French President Macron urged the French to stay home as he announced tougher new 15-day restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Macron announced that France is stepping up measures to limit people’s movements, starting midday tomorrow and for 15 days and ordered citizens to stay home and only go out for essential duties.

France’s borders will be closed from midday tomorrow, in coordination with other EU nations, Macron says, adding that all the EU’s external borders and the Schengen Area’s internal borders will shut.

Macron called off the second round of municipal elections next Sunday, saying the country is “in a health war”. He defended his decision to hold a first round of voting in local elections yesterday, saying the decision was made in consultation with health officials.

All companies must take steps to ensure staff can work from home, he adds. While this health crisis appeared “remote” only a few days ago, it has become “immediate”, the French president says in his opening remarks.

The highlights:

• All non-essential movement to be banned from Tuesday midday for 15 days; residents must stay at home

• Punishments for those flouting the regulations

• Army to be used to help transport the sick to hospital

• Military hospital to be used in Alsace, near German border

• Borders to be closed in agreement with other European Union countries

• Second round of local elections postponed

• No business, regardless of size, will be allowed to fail

Via Euronews / France 24 / BBC

 

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