Coronavirus: France shuts down all non-essential shops, public venues

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on Saturday the nationwide closure from midnight of entertainment venues, shops, cafés and restaurants in an effort to contain the accelerating spread of the coronavirus outbreak, essentiually exempting food stores, pharmacies and petrol stations.

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France will shut most shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities from midnight on Saturday and people should stay home as much as possible as the spread of coronavirus is accelerating, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced, reports FRANCE 24.