France’s daily case numbers have risen sharply, with daily infection rates now exceeding 20,000 a day. In an announcement yesterday, Mr Macron announced a curfew between 9pm and 6am for the next four weeks. The curfew will apply to almost a third of the population of the country and includes Paris, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Rouen, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.
With the situation beginning to spiral out of control in the country, officials from across France have expressed their anger at the President.
Such is the anger over the measures, some even stated decision making must be taken out of Mr Macron’s hands.
French MEP, Jerome Riviere said: “The incompetence and the inability to change the health system is leading Macron down the dangerous path of authoritarianism.
“To face the power of the measures announced, the French Parliament must be seized urgently.
“Entire sections of our economy will not recover.
“Who can believe that in violent suburbs of Paris, the streets will be empty at 9pm?
“Either the police will be overwhelmed because they have not been reinforced, or they will be concentrated elsewhere, where only honest people will be punished.
“Allowing the State to interfere in our private relations is to establish a health dictatorship!”
“The permanent improvisation of this government is costing the French a lot!”
Member of the left-wing Unbowed France party, Jean-Luc Melenchon, illustrated the high level of infection rates at work or school as opposed to hospitality venues.
As it stands, France’s 14-day cumulative number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 stands at 307.1, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
Due to this high number of cases, Mr Macron’s planned curfews will begin from Saturday October 17 in order to curb the virus.
Mr Macron also declared France would be embarking on a new testing strategy in order to stop the sharp rise in cases.
He also admitted the French contact tracing app, StopCovid, had not worked adequately.