Tensions mount in southern France over new virus lockdown measures

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The French government's attempt to contain a significant resurgence of infections of the novel coronavirus, with measures including early closing of bars and restaurants, is facing strong opposition in the southern city of Marseille and its neighbouring region, with local politicians and proprietors warning of a popular revolt.  

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President Emmanuel Macron is trying to stave off a revolt in Marseilles after widespread criticism of his government’s order to shut down bars and restaurants in France’s second city as part of a toughening of rules to combat Covid-19, reports The Sunday Times.