France could have sold masks much earlier than thought

Pharmacists widely believed that there was a total ban on all masks, but actually, imported ones were legally able to be sold from the end of March, it has emerged

Pharmacies in France were legally permitted to sell masks to the general public much earlier than thought, it has emerged, with the government accused by some of “lying to pharmacists”.

Pharmacies recently began stocking reusable, fabric masks for general sale after it appeared that the government had made a U-turn on the law.

Previously, it was widely thought there had been a total ban on the sale of any masks to the public.

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Pharmacists that broke the law on mask sales risked a fine of up to €10,000 and up to six months in prison. On March 17, government spokesperson Sibeth N’diaye said: “No, the French public cannot go to buy masks in pharmacies.”

Similarly, on April 19, ...

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