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France could reinstate nighttime curfew in Paris region on top of new lockdown

A nighttime curfew could be reinstated in Paris and the surrounding area on top of the strict new nationwide lockdown, a French government spokesman said on Tuesday.

France could reinstate nighttime curfew in Paris region on top of new lockdown
Police will once again be out to check that Parisians respect a 9pm curfew. Photo: AFP

“We will reinstate a curfew in Paris and perhaps in Île-de-France at 9pm,” said government spokesperson Gabriel Attal on Tuesday morning.

However after that interview the French PM's office at Matignon said the government had not definitely decided whether to re-introduce the curfew.

“This decision will be negotiated with Parisian local authorities by the préfecture, but it has not at this point been decided,” they said. “A decision will be taken in the coming days.”

It wasn't clear what the rules for any new curfew would be or whether there would be exemptions for certain people such as workers, but Attal said the interior minister would add further details later that day and that a decree could be issued.

Attal also added that local authorities would be given the power to impose nighttime curfews if they deemed it necessary.

Government sources told French TV channel BFM, the channel which had interviewed Attal, that “the decision has absolutely not yet been taken at this stadium,” but that the Paris police chief had suggested it as a response to “observed situations during nighttime in Paris.”

Speaking to BFM, Attal said the streets of the capital were more crowded during this lockdown than they had been in the spring.

“We are putting in place measures that are difficult for everyone, and if many respect them, it is unbearable for some French people to see that others do not respect the rules,” Attal said.

Paris and the Île de France region had been subject to a 9pm curfew that was brought in on October 17th, but that measure was dropped when President Emmanuel Macron imposed a nationwide lockdown from October 30th.

Under the rules of that curfew people were only allowed outside for several reasons such as returning from work or health emergencies.

Police in Paris had performed 100,000 stops this weekend and handed out 14,000 fines, Attal said.

“A certain number of fines were given to people who were out when they should not be, others to places that welcomed people that should not,” he said, specifying that some bars had breached with the rules and stayed open.

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PARIS 2024 OLYMPICS

Paris Paralympic Games organisers unveil events schedule

Organisers of the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris have unveiled the programme and venue list for the 11-day sporting spectacular.

Paris Paralympic Games organisers unveil events schedule

When?

The Paralympics take place between August 28th and September 8th 2024, two weeks after the Olympics which end on August 11th. 

What?

The competitions will start the day after the Opening Ceremony, with spectators able to enjoy wheelchair rugby, taekwondo, archery, boccia, table tennis, goalball, wheelchair basketball, badminton, swimming, sitting volleyball and cycling.

In total, 23 medals will be awarded on the first day – for taekwondo (three), swimming (16) and cycling (four).

“The Paralympic Games are a mirror image of the Olympic Games,” Ludivine Munos, head of integration at Paris 2024, said. 

The athletes will stay in the same village, and compete at the same venues and France is fielding simply a ‘Games’ team – not dividing its athletes into Olympian and Paralympian teams.

Where?

These venues will host the following events.

Eiffel Tower: blind football

Champ-de-Mars Arena: wheelchair rugby | judo

Grand Palais: taekwondo | fencing

Les Invalides: archery

Pont Alexandre III: triathlon

Roland-Garros Stadium: wheelchair tennis

South Paris Arena 1 (Paris Expo complex): boccia

South Paris Arena 4 (Paris Expo complex): table tennis

South Paris Arena 6 (Paris Expo complex): goalball

Bercy Arena: basketball

Porte de La Chapelle Arena: badminton | powerlifting

La Defense Arena: swimming

Stade de France: athletics

La Courneuve to Invalides: marathon

Clichy-Sous-Bois: road cycling

North Paris Arena (Villepinte exhibition centre, Seine-Saint-Denis): sitting volleyball

Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome: track cycling

As with the Olympics, most of the events will take place in Paris, but there are some non-Paris events;

Château de Versailles: Equestrian

Vaires-sur-Marne Nautical Stadium: rowing | canoe

Chateauroux Shooting Centre: shooting

The para-canoeing and para-rowing events planned for Vaires-sur-Marne will take place on a weekend, to ensure a maximum number of spectators. The para-swimming finals will take place in the evening, while the wheelchair rugby tournament is scheduled at the beginning of the Games.

How to get tickets?

Although the draw for Olympics tickets has now closed, Paralympic tickets do not go on sale until autumn 2023 – full details HERE.

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