Doubts over legality of law to tackle France's serial lockdown breakers

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To ensure that citizens complied with the Coronavirus lockdown introduced on March 17th 2020, the French government drew up legislation to make breaches of the rules a criminal offence. But lawyers and academics have raised concerns as to whether part of that legislation – which can lead to jail for anyone who breaches the rules more than three times in a month – is constitutional. France's top constitutional authority, the Conseil Constitutionnel or Constitutional Council, is due to rule on the issue in June. Meanwhile there have been more than 1,500 criminal cases involving repeat offenders and a number of people have already been jailed. Camille Polloni reports.

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In June France's top constitutional authority, the Conseil Constitutionnel or Constitional Council, is set to rule on whether a key section of the legislation brought in to enforce France's emergency lockdown is legal or not. The law in question makes it possible for the courts to jail someone who has 'repeatedly' breached the lockdown rules.