PARIS gridlocked as tens of thousands flee the city ahead of lockdown
The streets of Paris were thronged as footage shows tens of thousands of Parisians leaving the French capital ahead of the 9pm curfew on Thursday, October 29. The huge amount of traffic caused “hundreds of miles” of gridlock, according to one observer.
Bars and restaurants were also packed as those remaining in the city for the shutdown took the opportunity to meet family and friends ahead of the curfew.
Local news outlets reported that many Parisians spent the day ‘panic buying’ and as a result supermarket shelves were emptied of items such as toilet paper and pasta.
BREAKING – Mass exodus from Paris. 800km of traffic jams in the city as people try to leave the city before 9 pm curfew and before confinement begins at midnight. A spike multiple times the normal traffic.pic.twitter.com/fb6TRDrtJ4
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) October 29, 2020
President Emmanuel Macron imposed almost five weeks of stricter measures from Friday as he warned France was being “overwhelmed” by a second wave.
It comes after French health chiefs admitted the coronavirus pandemic is now “out of control”.
The new lockdown, which will run until December 1, will be reviewed every two weeks.
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