The French towns and suburbs subject to new weekend lockdown

A total of 63 towns and suburbs along the French Riviera, including Nice and Cannes are subject to a new weekend lockdown from Saturday, as well as the northern city of Dunkirk and its suburbs. Here is the full list of municipalities where the lockdown applies.

The French towns and suburbs subject to new weekend lockdown

Nice and the French Riviera

Authorities in the south-eastern French département of Alpes-Maritimes announced on Monday that a new weekend lockdown would be imposed in urban areas along the coast including Nice – France’s fifth largest city.

The weekend lockdown, brought in due to rising Covid-19 infections and overrun hospital wards, means inhabitants will be confined to their homes and only permitted to leave for various essential reasons such as grocery shopping, exercise or medical appointments.

Prefect Bernard Gonzalez said the urban coastal area from Théoule-sur-Mer in the west to Menton on the Italian border would be subject to the lockdown that will initially be imposed for the next two weekends. 

Later on Monday local newspaper Nice Matin published a list of the 63 communes covered by the new restrictions.

READ ALSO: Nice and parts of French Riviera impose weekend lockdown as Covid cases soar

Here’s the complete list:

  • Antibes
  • Aspremont
  • Auribeau-sur-Siagne
  • Le Bar-sur-loup
  • Beaulieu-sur-mer
  • Beausoleil
  • Berre-les-Alpes
  • Biot
  • Blausasc
  • Cabris
  • Cagnes-sur-mer
  • Cannes
  • Le Cannet
  • Cantaron
  • Cap d’Ail
  • Carros
  • Castagniers
  • Castellar
  • Chateauneuf-Grasse
  • Châteauneuf-Villevieille
  • La Colle-sur-loup
  • Colomars
  • Contes
  • Drap
  • Eze
  • Falicon
  • Gattières
  • La Gaude
  • Gorbio
  • Gourdon
  • Grasse
  • Mandelieu-la-Napoule
  • Menton
  • Mouans-Sartoux
  • Mougins
  • Nice
  • Opio
  • Pégomas
  • Peillon
  • Peille
  • Peymenade
  • Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
  • Roquefort-les-pins
  • La Roquette-sur-Siagne
  • Le Rouret
  • Sainte-Agnès
  • Saint-André-de-la-Roche
  • Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
  • Saint-Jeannet
  • Saint-Laurent-du-Var
  • Saint-Paul de Vence
  • Spéracédès
  • Théoule-sur-mer
  • Le Tignet
  • Tourrette-Levens
  • Tourrettes-sur-loup
  • La Trinité
  • La Turbie
  • Valbonne
  • Vallauris
  • Vence
  • Villefranche-sur-mer
  • Villeneuve-Loubet


The northern city of Dunkirk and the surrounding areas, where the more contagious UK Covid-19 variant has been gaining ground, is also under a weekend lockdown from Saturday.

In total 250,000 residents are subject to the curfew in the 57 different communes around Dunkirk in the Nord département.

Twenty départements in France have been placed on “heightened surveillance” with the threat of extra health restrictions including weekend lockdowns as Covid virus numbers rise, the French PM announced Thursday.

READ ALSO: 20 areas of France put on alert for extra restrictions including weekend lockdowns

Member comments

  1. Wow. I didn’t realise that these viruses in France were so evolved and intelligent. Not only do they only come out at night but now also only come out to play at weekends in certain areas.

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‘Serious malfunctions’ at French research unit headed by Didier Raoult

A criminal investigation is set to begin into the Marseille research unit headed by controversial scientist Didier Raoult, after a report found "serious malfunctions".

'Serious malfunctions' at French research unit headed by Didier Raoult

The findings of the joint investigation into the IHU at Marseille by the Inspection générale des affaires sociales (IGAS) and the  l’Inspection générale de l’éducation, du sport et de la recherche (IGESR) prompted Health Minister François Braun and Research Minister Sylvie Retailleau to refer the unit to the city’s public prosecutor, urging it to investigate “serious malfunctions” at the institution.

Raoult was head of the unit from its foundation in 2011 until his retirement this summer.

The controversial microbiologist gained significant worldwide attention during the Covid-19 pandemic for his vociferous promotion of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment, despite a lack of evidence on its effectiveness.

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He was succeeded as director by Pierre-Edouard Fournier.

The ministers said that a number of issues highlighted in the latest report are “likely to constitute offences or serious breaches of health or research regulations”.

Fournier, and the institute’s seven founding members – including the University of Aix-Marseille, Assistance Publique-Hospitals de Marseille, the Research Institute for Development or the army health service – will now be summoned by their supervisory bodies to “implement a proactive action plan as soon as possible” which “will condition the continuation of the activity of the IHU-MI and its funding by the State”, according to the joint communiqué of the ministers.

The IHU was already under judicial investigation for “forgery in writing”, “use of forgery in writing”, and “interventional research involving a human person not justified by his usual care without obtaining the opinion of the committee for the protection of persons and the authorisation of the Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé (ANSM),” the Marseille prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday.

In an earlier report, the ANSM had noted “serious breaches of the regulations for research involving humans”, during some clinical trials.

READ ALSO Maverick French Covid doctor reprimanded over ‘breaches’ in clinical trials

François Crémieux, the director of Marseille public hospitals, told local newspaper La Provence on Tuesday that the establishment “shares the observation of managerial excesses of certain hospital-university managers occupying key functions within the infectious diseases division”.

“The legitimacy of the IHU has been affected. It has lost its scientific credibility. It must now be regained. 800 highly skilled professionals work there every day,” he added.

Raoult bit back at the report in a tweet, saying: “I regret that the IGAS/IGAENR mission does not take into account the detailed legal and scientific response that I have provided”.

Separately, Raoult will be in court on Friday as his defamation case against Karine Lacombe, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Sorbonne University Faculty of Medicine, comes before judges.