Those living in the 19 areas of France under partial lockdown are forbidden from travelling 10km beyond their home except for essential work or family reasons.
And the government is determined to enforce the measure.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said Friday that he would mobilise 90,000 police officers and gendarmes to issue checks on highways, airports and train stations.
“We want to ensure that there is no change of département and that the French accept to remain in their area,” Darmanin said during a press conference.
Earlier that day the Prime Minister’s office said the increased police presence would begin from Friday evening at 7pm when the daily curfew comes into force.
‘It’s a race against the clock,” the PM’s office said.
The prime minister’s office known as Matignon said the extra checks were needed because of the third wave and the dominance of the more contagious and more severe variant first detected in the UK.
Travel between regions under partial lockdown to other parts of France is not allowed with anyone travelling further than 10 km from their home needing an exemption certificate (attestation) and a valid reason for travel such as essential work reasons – find the full list of reasons HERE.
Breaking the lockdown or curfew rules means risking a €135 fine, which can rise to €3,750 and six months in prison for repeat offenders.