On Monday, the 16th of March 2020, the Centre-left French President Emmanuel Macron had ordered stiffer restrictions on people’s movement aimed at slowing down the spread of Covid-19 which had infected 6,633 people and led to the death of 148 French nationals, while 21 deaths and 148 newer coronavirus cases were recorded over the past 24 hours.
Aside from that, as the French President had inclined an Italy-like nationwide lockdown in the country, Macron had also added that the French Military would be mobilized to move coronavirus-infected patients in to the hospitals.
Besides, while France, the bloc's second-largest economy after Germany, had already been bracing for a magnanimous scale of economic torments with bars, restaurants alongside popular travel destination being locked down, adding further wobbling trickles in to the French economy, France’s homegrown carmaker Renault SA, in which the Government owns a 15 per cent stake, had issued a statement on Monday (March 15th) saying that the leading automotive industry Goliath would halt its French production lines.
Meanwhile, in an emergency address to the nation, adding that the French people should stay at home from Tuesday (March 17th) midday, GMT. 11.00, unless they were seeking medical attentions, travelling to workplaces or purchasing groceries, Macron said on Monday (March 16th), “I know what I am asking of you is unprecedented but circumstances demand it.
We’re not up against another army or another nation. But the enemy is right there: invisible, elusive, but it is making progress. ” In tandem, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said late on Monday (March 15th) that approximately 100,000 polices would be deployed to enforce the nationwide lockdown.