French citizens living in “hotspot” cities face up to six months in jail if they repeatedly break a 9pm-6am curfew designed to stem the resurgence of coronavirus.
Gérald Darmanin, the interior minister, said that 12,000 police officers would enforce the new curfew, due to come into force in nine cities. Those who broke the law three times without good reason would be prosecuted and face prison, in addition to fines of thousands of euros.
Jean Castex, the prime minister, announced that wedding receptions and other festivities in village halls, hotels and other public buildings would be banned across the country.
The curfew, unveiled by President Macron in a TV interview on Wednesday, will come into force tomorrow in what is being interpreted as a last