France: Resident labels lockdown as 'anarchy' in Saint-Denis
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Extraordinary pictures from France show bustling markets and sprawling crowds around Paris despite the area being in a third lockdown. Chaotic scenes of shoppers in Seine Saint-Denis has got officials worried that Macron’s third lockdown has failed as residents fail to follow the rules. One resident told France24 news channel “You call this a lockdown?” later adding “This is anarchy!” as growing discontent at Macron’s latest lockdown efforts fail to take hold.
Speaking to French news channel France24 one furious resident said: “You call this a lockdown?
“I’m not in favour or against a lockdown but we need sanitary measures, circulation must be regulated.
“This is Anarchy!”
The extraordinary scenes in an area which has recorded twice the national average of covid infections and is one of France’s poorest areas have led to residents and officials to grow increasingly angry at Macron who they believe has failed with the new lockdown.
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Head of Seine-Saint-Denis council Stéphane Troussel pointed to a number of areas as to why the lockdown has failed.
He said: “Residents here are frontline workers.
“They have no choice but to take public transportation.”
He added how residents also “live in smaller apartments” where “isolating an infected family member is hard.”
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French President Emmanuel Macron plunged Paris and areas of Northern France into a third partial lockdown on 19th March as the country was gripped by soaring covid infection rates.
On the eve of lockdown one person was being admitted to ICU with covid every 12 minutes in France.
Most non-essential stores were ordered to close and people told to stick to their local area.
But this week more areas including Lyon have been added to the lockdown list.
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Last week France’s Health Minister Olivier Véran issued a warning to the French
The Health minister said: “The Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating almost everywhere in France.
“The pressure on the hospital system will continue to increase in the coming days.”
Véran said a minimum of 10 days was needed to see the scale of the impact of the new restrictions across France.
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