France is struggling with a sharp increase in infections

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The local authorities of Paris and the region around Marseille are given additional powers to curb the spike in corona infections.

The French government on Friday declared Paris and the Bouches-du-Rhône area around Marseille on the Mediterranean Sea as red zones with a high risk of coronavirus infections. The move comes after a sharp increase in the number of infections in the past two weeks.

The government decision was published in the Official Gazette on Friday and empowers local authorities to take appropriate action. For example, they can restrict people’s freedom of movement, close restaurants and bars or restrict public transport. Earlier this week, Paris and Marseille also required face masks on the street.

14 days of quarantine

Due to the spike in infections, the United Kingdom has placed France on the list of countries whose residents must be quarantined for 14 days after arriving in the country. Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands have already made it to that list. France regrets these measures and is considering an identical quarantine obligation for British travelers, French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune tweeted Friday.

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