France to retain ‘non-essential’ goods shops closed

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Marc Fesneau, Junior Minister of Relations with Parliament said that France is not yet prepared to let shops selling “non-essential” goods reopen. This announcement was done in view of the need to uphold the efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Earlier, President Macron had said that restaurants, cafes and shops not selling essential goods would have to close down for at least two weeks, in the current lockdown.

Asked about if non-essential shops such as hairdressers or bookstores could reopen, Fesneau told France Info radio: “Not at this stage”, adding: “I understand the distress of these businesses”.

France 24 reports Fesneau saying that “Each time people move around, they multiply infection risk and multiply risk of the virus spreading… When we feel that restriction measures are having an impact, we will assess if we can ease pressure on these businesses.”