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Macron Orders France Under De Facto House Arrest Following Germany With New Lockdown Orders

October 29, 2020

This article was originally published at PFW News

Both French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced fresh lockdowns of their citizens on Wednesday.

France will head into the new lockdown starting Friday under which citizens can only leave home to go to work, to go to school, for a medical appointment, to give assistance to loved ones, for essential shopping or for physical exercise, as DW reports.

The latest restrictions also include (courtesy of DW):

  • Travel between regions is banned
  • Bars, restaurants and nonessential businesses will be closed
  • Work must be done remotely wherever possible
  • Universities and higher education will mostly be taught online
  • International borders will be largely closed

What will be allowed:

  • Schools will remain open
  • Essential businesses will remain open
  • Most public services will remain open
  • Factories, farms and construction sites can continue work
  • EU borders will remain open
  • French citizens can return from overseas
  • Retirement homes can accept visits
  • Funerals are still possible

The lockdown in France is expected to last until December 1st with a reassessment occurring 15 days in.

French bureaucrats recorded 523 virus-related deaths on Tuesday, bringing the country’s overall death toll to 35,541.

French President Macron would say on Wednesday:

We are now overwhelmed by the sudden acceleration of the epidemic, by a virus that seems to be gaining strength as temperatures drop. All of us in Europe are surprised by the evolution of the virus. Some countries have taken tougher measures earlier, but we are all at the same point. Whatever we do now, 9,000 patients will be in intensive care by mid-November. We are now organising to deal with this.Whatever we do now, 9,000 patients will be in intensive care by mid-November

In this context, my responsibility is to protect all French people and despite the controversies, despite the difficulties of the decisions to be taken, I fully assume this responsibility before you.

Meanwhile, in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to imposing “partial” lockdown measures that will shutdown of restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters and other leisure facilities from November 2-30.

“We need to take action now,” Merkel said. “Our health system can still cope with this challenge today, but at this speed of infections it will reach the limits of its capacity within weeks.”

Merkel’s finance minister tweeted Wednesday:

November will be a month of truth. The increasing number of infections is forcing us to take tough countermeasures now to avoid the second #Corona – Break the wave – with targeted and temporary measures, including effective financial aid for the industries concerned.#FlattenTheCurve

Der November wird ein Monat der Wahrheit. Die steigenden Infektionszahlen zwingen uns, jetzt hart gegenzusteuern, um die zweite #Corona-Welle zu brechen – mit gezielten und befristeten Maßnahmen, inklusive wirksamer Finanzhilfen für die betroffenen Branchen. #FlattenTheCurve

— Olaf Scholz (@OlafScholz) October 28, 2020

Germany’s disease control agency said a record 14,964 new confirmed cases were recorded across the country in the past day, bringing the national total to 449,275.

The decision for new lockdown measures comes just weeks after World Health Organization envoy Dr. David Nabarro cautioned the world: “We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” WHO envoy Dr. David Nabarro said in early October.

The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.

WATCH: Dr David Nabarro, the WHO’s Special Envoy on Covid-19, tells Andrew Neil: ‘We really do appeal to all world leaders: stop using lockdown as your primary control method’. Watch the full interview here: #SpectatorTV @afneil | @davidnabarro

— The Spectator (@spectator) October 9, 2020

Nabarro would chillingly add that:

Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never, ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer.

As we reported earlier, lockdown measures are going to extremes in many parts of Europe with UK police now saying they will intervene in Christmas celebrations that violate social distancing orders issued by government.

Anti-lockdown demonstrations have recently broke out in the UK, Poland, and Italy.


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  • Gauntlet33 October 29, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Cancelling Christmas…these murderous thugs have no mercy. Let them try that in the US, and they might see a lot more red than usual.

  • wwes October 30, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    After the lack of outrage at all of the other removals of freedom during 2020, I don’t have much faith that much of our population here in the US will do more than gripe about it.

    • Going Dark Soon October 30, 2020 at 5:18 pm

      Most will try to justify it because that is easier than dealing with their irrational fear.

  • Jimmy November 1, 2020 at 2:13 am

    Almost a year into this now, and the lockdowns keep coming. No one sees this scam for what it truly is.
    People aren’t going to fight back. That’s what 2020 has taught me.

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      Brandon Smith November 1, 2020 at 6:24 am

      Actually there have been hundreds of lockdown protests big and small all across the US, Europe and Australia. Just because the media doesn’t talk about them much doesn’t mean they aren’t happening. That said, if you live in a country that is mostly disarmed, then you probably will have very little chance of stopping lockdowns in the future. The people have next to nothing to keep their governments in check. It’s not that they don’t want to fight back, it’s that they don’t have the tools to do so.

  • MonkFSU November 2, 2020 at 2:33 am

    I can’t believe they are using the same reasoning to lockdown that they used months ago and some people are buying that nonsense.

    You called it pretty spot on, Brandon that they were going to open close, open close continously and we are starting to see that. People are going to lose their minds.

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