top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

COVID-19: Schools across France to close from Monday

'We are just at the beginning', French president Emmanuel Macron announces tonight in televised speech about COVID-19 

Here are key points of his speech:

All those aged 70+, or with chronic illnesses and breathing issues and disability are asked to stay at home as much as they can and to avoid contact with others.

Everyone is asked to take care of vulnerable members of the community – and NOT visit older people. Call or write to them instead.

Local elections to be maintained this Sunday March 15 and Sunday March 22

Workers to work from home as much as possible

Non-urgent operations to be deferred to free up medical teams

Public transport to continue

Crèches, schools and universities across France to close from next Monday until further notice

Everyone to limit trips and meetings

To keep a one-metre distance from others where possible, wash hands regularly with soap or hydro-alcoholic gel, avoid shaking hands and physical embraces and cough into your elbow and dispose of tissues

The winter ‘treve’ which is due to end on March 31 and when tenants can be evicted for non-payment of rent and other issues is to be put back two months

Companies to be supported as well as the self-employed. The payment of social charges to be deferred without need for justification

National borders to be kept open – however, President Macron said: "There will no doubt be measures involving checks and the closure of borders to take – but we must take them when they are appropriate and on a European scale.”

He praised the entirety of the medical services for their devotion, including medical students and retired doctors who are mobilised to help.

Number of cases in France is now 2,876 and number of deaths is 61.

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now