The French government on Wednesday declared a public health state of emergency, giving officials greater powers to impose new measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Announcing the decision in a statement, the government said the epidemic was a public health disaster which endangered the health of the population and justified the adoption of strict measures.
The government’s statement did not say what action it would take, but the adoption of the state of emergency gives the authorities statutory power to impose tough measures. French media reported that a nightly curfew between 9:00 pm and 6:00 am was one of the measures Macron would unveil.
The emergency designation, announced just before Macron’s speech, allows the government to introduce far-reaching restrictions https://t.co/ZMbtIuDnTA
— The Local France (@TheLocalFrance) October 14, 2020
— Le Monde (@lemondefr) October 14, 2020