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Would the French accept being in lockdown over Christmas?

While being in lockdown is not exactly pleasant, a recent poll of French people showed that 70 percent would agree to lockdown being extended over Christmas if the health situation demanded it.

Would the French accept being in lockdown over Christmas?
Will this be a lockdown Christmas? Photo: AFP

France's currently lockdown runs until December 1st, but the government has been clear that it could be extended if the health situation demands it.

The last data from French hospitals is increasingly concerning, although it will be at least another week before any effect from the lockdown starts to show up in health data.

READ ALSO ANALYSIS How long will France's second lockdown last

So with many people's thoughts already turning to Christmas, French daily Le Parisien commissioned a poll about people's attitudes to a possible lockdown extension over the festive season.

The survey – conducted by French pollsters Ifop – revealed that 71 percent of people supported an extension of lockdown after December 1st, even if that meant the festive season was spent under confinement.

 

The survey revealed some differences among demographics and geography – among under 25s only 61 percent would accept an extended lockdown and in Paris only 65 percent would accept a locked-down festive season.

Unsurprisingly people who worked in retail, the sector which along with hospitality and tourism has suffered the most from the lockdown, were the least enthusiastic. But even here, 64 percent of those asked said they would accept a lockdown extension if the health situation demanded it. For a fuller breakdown of the survey results, click here.

France's second lockdown is less severe that the one in spring, with schools remaining open and many people still able to go to work.

Non-essential shops have again been ordered to close, but this time they are allowed to offer 'click and collect' services so people can order online.

Nonetheless, just like in spring, any trip out of the home requires an attestation permission form and must be for an 'essential' reason.

READ ALSO These are the 'essential' reasons you can leave home during France's lockdown

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France’s monkeypox count rises to 277 as first woman contracts virus

France has detected 277 cases of monkeypox, health authorities said Tuesday, June 21st, including the first case in the country of a woman contracting the virus.

France's monkeypox count rises to 277 as first woman contracts virus

The case numbers have risen steeply since the last official figure of 183 cases five days earlier. But there have been no deaths in France attributed to monkeypox.

The normal initial symptoms of monkeypox include a high fever, swollen lymph nodes and a blistery chickenpox-like rash.

Until recently, the viral disease had generally been confined to Western and Central Africa but is now present in several continents, particularly Europe.

Among the latest cases recorded in France, “a first female case has been confirmed, the mode of transmission of which is currently being investigated, and all the others are men,” the French national public health agency said in a statement.

So far, the recent outbreak of monkeypox, which is currently affecting some 40 countries, has mainly affected men who have engaged in gay sex.

The World Health Organization is due to hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to determine whether to classify the global monkeypox outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern.

The virus usually clears up after two or three weeks.

Most of the cases identified in France have been found in Paris and its suburbs, though smaller outbreaks have been seen in several regions throughout the country, including Normandy in the north and the Cote d’Azur in the south.

The first monkeypox case in France was discovered on May 20, the same day the virus was detected in neighbouring Germany.

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