His address was highly anticipated by the French as coronavirus keeps on spreading across the country. This Wednesday October 14, 2020, Emmanuel Macron answered journalists Anne-Sophie Lapix and Gilles Bouleau's question, respectively for France 2 and TF1.
Among the big announcements? The implementation of a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. This new restriction is said to be implemented from Saturday October 17 at midnight in Île-de-France, as well as 8 cities in France, naming Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Aix-Marseille, Toulouse, Montpellier, Rouen and Saint-Etienne.
12 000 policiers et gendarmes seront mobilisés pour faire respecter les nouvelles règles liées au couvre-feu qui entrera en vigueur dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi à partir de minuit. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/f32hdgWDqM— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) October 15, 2020
Tweet reads: "12,000 police officers will be working to make the new curfew rules respected as it will be implemented in the nigh from Friday to Saturday, starting from midnight"
But can you move around at night past 9 p.m. in these areas? The French President said "there is no ban of moving around between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., but a strict limitation. [...] We shall still be able to go to work in all sectors. For those who have emergencies, health emergencies for instance, there will be authorizations" he added.
Then, derogatory trip certificates are possible for those who have to go to work in the evening or night. Therefore, the famous derogatory trip certificate will be required and will have to be downloaded or printed out. Derogatory print certificates or professional certificates are now available here.
These certificates can be filled in digitally or printed out. It can also be written down. Yet, the motive of the derogatory trip shall be valid.
Furthermore, Secretary of the Interior Gérald Darmanin said "the certificate is worth for one hour when you are out and it has nothing to see with your job".
In case the curfew is not respected, sanctions are planned, including "a 135-euro fine" the president stated. In case of a repeat offence, the fine will go up to "1,500 euros", he said.