POLICE in France have been pictured forcibly detaining a woman who reportedly refused to observe a nationwide quarantine.
The French government yesterday imposed new measures aimed at tackling the coronavirus, banning people from leaving their homes without permission.
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Police and the army are now patrolling the streets across France to enforce the orders.
Footage posted to social media today showed a group of officers, some of them armed, holding a women down on Paris’s Rue Poulet while she struggles and shouts at them.
A number of passersby can bee seen looking on or arguing with police.
A caption said that the clip showed the “arrest of a woman by the police because she had no certificate”.
The new restrictions came into force at midday yesterday and are currently set to last for 15 days.
They include a ban on public gatherings, including basic activities like walking outside.
Forms can be obtained allowing residents to leave their homes to obtain medical supplies or food.
Around 100,000 officers have been deployed, and anyone found outside without papers or justification could face fines of €135 (£124).
‘FRANCE IS AT WAR’
France now has 7,696 cases of the coronavirus and 148 people known to have died.
Announce the measures on Monday in a 20-minute televised speech, President Emmanuel Macron said France was “at war”.
“Never has France had to take such decisions, albeit temporary, in time of peace,” he said.
“All our energy should be on one aim: to slow the progress of the virus.”
He also said that there would be unlimited financial aid to businesses hit by the epidemic, and that “no business whatever its size will face risk of bankruptcy.”
The French army will also be moving patients from the worst-hit regions to places that still have spare capacity to care for them.
Today saw the number of people infected by the coronavirus globally pass 200,000 and the numbers of death pass 8,000.
Boris Johnson this week announced tougher measures to stop its spread in the UK, including encouraging people to work from home if possible, avoid large gatherings, and isolate themselves if they are experiencing symptoms.