Friday, March 5, 2021

France mobilises 100,000 police to stop New Year’s Eve parties, car burning

Overnight curfew will continue to be enforced at 8pm but may be brought forward to 6pm in areas with rising infection rates.

Other News

Pengerusi BN terus gesa sidang Parlimen ketika darurat

BN menganggap kenyataan Menteri Di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Takiyuddin Hassan semalam mencabar kuasa Agong.

PN masih utuh, kata Bersatu

Bersatu menyatakan penghargaan kepada semua parti komponen Perikatan Nasional yang masih setia dengan gabungan itu.

Bersatu says PN still in charge, views Umno decision seriously

The party says its focus is on the economy and the pandemic, and that it takes a serious view of Umno's decision.

Hanya MySejahtera digunapakai bagi solat Jumaat di Selangor berkuat kuasa esok

Sebarang aplikasi pengimbas selain MySejahtera tidak diterima oleh Jais bagi jemaah yang ingin masuk ke dalam masjid dan surau.

BN chief Zahid repeats call for Dewan Rakyat sitting during emergency

The BN chairman also hits out at PAS' Takiyuddin Hassan for ruling out any parliamentary sitting during the virus emergency.

France is putting 100,000 police and gendarmes on the streets for New Year’s Eve to crack down on parties and enforce a curfew imposed to combat coronavirus.

The police will also prevent urban unrest, which has seen rioters setting fire to large numbers of vehicles in previous years.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has ordered a visible security presence in city centres and flashpoint suburbs from 8pm, when the curfew begins, France24 reports.

Darmanin has written to regional leaders informing them of Thursday’s “exceptional” mobilisation. This will amount to an “affirmation of state authority in every part of the national territory”, he said.

Officers will be instructed to break up underground and street parties as soon as they are reported, fine revellers and identify and deal with the organisers.

Patrols meanwhile are to carry out “appropriate identity checks” and search vehicles for “dangerous elements” that could be used against officers.

In Paris half of the metro lines will be closed in the evening and Darmanin has also asked for a wider public transport shutdown across the country.

France has confirmed 2.6 million Covid-19 cases, the fifth highest total in the world, and more than 64,000 deaths.

Officials are saying that in areas with rising infection rates the overnight curfew could be brought forward to begin at 6pm.

However, a government spokesman said there was no need for local lockdowns for now. France has already had two national lockdowns.

Bars, restaurants and cultural attractions will remain closed into mid-January.

Darmanin is also encouraging shops to limit or stop the sale of flammable liquids in portable containers and takeaway alcoholic drinks.

He has also suggested that local authorities do not publicise incidents of cars set alight to “avoid any incidence of ‘competition'” between different gang territories.

Car burning has become an annual New Year’s event in French suburbs since riots in 2005 in Paris and elsewhere. Last year a record 1,457 cars were torched across France on New Year’s Eve, according to media reports. The previous year’s figure was 1,290.

Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates:

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news and analyses.

Related Articles

New cases back over 2,000 but recoveries still ahead

2,063 new cases, 2,922 recoveries.

UK, others agree to fast-track adapted Covid-19 vaccines

The agreement will avert the need for lengthy clinical studies if authorised vaccines are adapted in future, as long as the manufacturers offer 'robust evidence' of their potency and safety.

Australia extends international flight ban for 3 more months

Anyone hoping to enter Australia will have longer to wait as arrivals are limited to the capacity of mandatory quarantine hotels.

Brazil reports second straight day of record Covid-19 deaths

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro faces sharp criticism for downplaying the new coronavirus, flouting expert advice on containing it with lockdowns and face masks, and over his government's slow pace in vaccinating the population.

AstraZeneca vaccine effective in over-80s, study shows

Stephen Evans, professor of Pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, says the results 'provide further evidence that the vaccines are effective both in an older age group less studied in the trials'.