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 Ministère de l'europe et des affaires étrangères: Coronavirus -Advice for Foreign Nationals in France

Latest government information.


Since May 11th, lockdown measures are gradually being relaxed. They vary depending on the health situation of the department that you are in. Stricter rules apply in departments where the virus is highly active (red zones) than in departments where the virus is less active (green zones). The situation of each department is updated regularly. Please check this map for the latest information.


The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached France on 24 January 2020, when the first COVID-19 case in both Europe and France was identified in Bordeaux. The first five confirmed cases were all individuals who had recently arrived from China. A Chinese tourist who was admitted to hospital in Paris on 28 January died on 14 February, making it the first Covid-19 death in France. A key event in the spread of the disease across Metropolitan France as well as its overseas territories was the annual assembly of the Christian Open Door Church between 17 and 24 February in Mulhouse which was attended by about 2,500 people, at least half of whom are believed to have contracted the virus. On 4 May, retroactive testing of samples in one French hospital showed a patient had been infected with the virus on 27 December, almost a month before the first officially confirmed case.

On 12 March, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on public television that all schools and all universities would close from Monday 16 March until further notice. The next day, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe banned gatherings of more than 100 people, not including public transport. The following day, the prime minister ordered the closure of all non-essential public places, including restaurants, cafés, cinemas and nightclubs, effective at midnight.  On 16 March, Macron announced mandatory home confinement for 15 days starting at noon on 17 March. This was extended twice, until 11 May, after which a progressive lifting of confinement would occur as face masks would be made available to all citizens.  

On 2 May, Olivier Véran announced that the government would seek to extend the health emergency until 24 July. Many mayors opposed the 11 May lifting of the lockdown, which had been announced by the President a few weeks earlier in a televised address to the nation, and said it was premature. Veran's bill was discussed in Senate on 4 May.

As of 21 June, France has reported 160,377 confirmed cases, 29,640 deaths, and 74,372 recoveries after hospitalization.Source: Wikipedia 22-6