Attestation: This is the form you need to be out at night in France’s curfew zones

If you live in one of France's curfew zones, any trips out after 9pm will now require a good reason and a new permission form.

Attestation: This is the form you need to be out at night in France's curfew zones
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From Saturday, October 17th, nine zones of France are operating a 9pm to 6am curfew in an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19. The curfew zones are; the whole of the greater Paris Île-de-France region and the metropoles (cities and surrounding urban areas) of Montpellier, Lille, Lyon, Grenoble, Toulouse, Saint-Etienne, Aix-Marseille and Rouen.   

From October 23rd this extends to a further 38 départements – find the full list here.

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In those areas everyone must be home by 9pm and not venture out again until 6am.

People are allowed out only for the following reasons;

  • For work or travelling to or from work
  • For health reasons
  • Urgent family reasons such as offering help to someone in need or childcare
  • Being summoned by judicial authorities or at the request of local authorities
  • Transport (for example trains or planes, you will need to show a ticket as a reason to break curfew)
  • Walking the dog within the vicinity of the home

Anyone who is out needs to have an attestation de déplacement permission form.

The form, similar to the permission form required to leave the home during lockdown, must be filled in with your details, signed, timed and dated and the relevant exemption category ticked.

It is available to download HERE and there is also a smartphone version (select version numérique). For people who don't have either a printer or a smartphone a handwritten copy of the form will be accepted. It is also available in English.

People who are out for work-related reasons need, in addition to the attestation de déplacement, a justificatif de déplacement professionnel in which you list your workplace, employer's name and nature of your work. That is available HERE.

Victims of domestic violence can also leave their homes if they don't feel safe, clarified Alexandra Cordebard, mayor of the 10th arrondissement of Paris. There is also a hotline – 3919 – that people can call for help, in addition to the police emergency number 17.


The penalty for being out at night without a form, or for a reason that does not fit one of the exemptions, is €135. Repeat offenders face a maximum penalty of €3,750 or six months in jail.

The curfew runs for six weeks.

It comes as France sees rising numbers of cases, especially in the cities, and hospitals begin to issue warnings about intense pressure on intensive care units.

The health minister on Thursday revealed that one patient every six minutes is admitted to intensive care in France.

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‘Public opinion is ready’ – These French senators want to legalise marijuana

A group of 31 French senators of the Socialist, Green and Republican parties have come together to write a statement calling for the legalisation of marijuana in France.

'Public opinion is ready' - These French senators want to legalise marijuana

France is known for having some of the strictest laws regarding marijuana consumption in Europe – while simultaneously maintaining one of the highest rates of cannabis usage in the EU. 

A group of French senators – coming from the Socialist, Green and centre-right Les Républicains parties – are trying to change those laws, and have come together to call for marijuana to be legalised in France.

The group of 31 co-signed a statement published in French newspaper, Le Monde, on Wednesday, August 10th.

In the statement, the senators promised to launch a ‘consultation process’ to submit a bill to legalise marijuana “in the coming months.”

The proposition was headed by Senator Gilbert-Luc Devinaz, a member of the Socialist Party, and gained support from the party’s leader, Patrick Kanner.

READ MORE: The long and winding road towards changing France’s cannabis laws

A report by the Assemblé Nationale, which was published in May 2021, estimated that nearly 18 million French people (more than 25 percent of the population) had already consumed marijuana, and that an additional 1.5 million consume it regularly.

This, coupled with the 2019 finding that nearly one in two French people (45 percent) said they were in favour of legalisation, according to a survey by the French Observatory of Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT), helped strengthen the senators’ position.

“Public opinion is ready, the legislature must act,” they wrote.

Their senators argue that legalising marijuana in France will allow the authorities to better protect French citizens, saying that legalising would not require “minimising the health impacts of cannabis consumption” but rather would allow regulation similar to “public policies for tobacco, alcohol or gambling.”

For the group of 31 senators, the benefits of legalisation would involve a better control over the “health quality of products consumed,” “curbing trafficking in disadvantaged areas,” developing large-scale prevention plans,” and finally the taxation of cannabis products and redirection of law enforcement resources. Decriminalisation – in their opinion – would not be sufficient as this would simply “deprive authorities the ability to act,” in contrast to legalisation. 

READ MORE: Is France moving towards legalising cannabis for recreational purposes?

“In the long term, new tax revenues would be generated from the cannabis trade and from savings in the justice and police sectors”, which would make it possible to mobilize “significant resources for prevention as well as for rehabilitation and economic development,” wrote the senators.

In France, the conversation around cannabis has evolved in recent years – former Health Minister (and current government spokesman) Olivier Véran said to France Bleu in September 2021 that “countries that have gone towards legalisation have results better than those of France in the last ten years,” adding that he was interested in the potential therapeutic use of cannabis.

Currently, the drug is illegal in France. Previously, it fell under a 1970-law of illicit drug use, making it punishable with up to a year prison and an up to €3,750 fine.

However, in 2020, the government softened the penalties, making it possible for those caught consuming it to opt for an on-the-spot fine of €200.

There is also an ongoing trial involving 3,000 patients to test the impacts of medical marijuana usage, particularly with regard to pain relief.