French citizens criticise the government over lockdown rules

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Emmanuel Macron has been mocked by French citizens for his Government’s confusing lockdown rules like allowing some shops to remain open or denying dog walkers to travel more than a kilometre from their homes. Around a third of the French population have been put into lockdown since March 20 and have been told to fill out forms if they want to make certain trips. But the new rules – dubbed “lockdown-lite” – have tightened already existing restrictions but have added exceptions which have raised eyebrows in the neighbouring country.  

Charlotte Dubenskij of Russia Today took to the streets of Paris to ask passersby if they understood the new lockdown rules. 

During her interview, the streets were noticeably busy with people going about their business. 

One passerby told the journalist: “Now it is a bit better but it is still confusing in some areas – there are too many numbers.”

Another added: “The rules are a little bit lax, we can do what we like.”

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Ms Dubenskij also spoke with another citizen who said that he knew he was not supposed to be outside after 6pm. 

But the journalist embarrassingly pointed out it was after now moved to 7pm to which the passerby sheepishly thanked her for telling him. 

Emmanuel Macron was also mocked for the contradictory and bizarre exceptions to the lockdown rules. 

Those who want to work out, walk or generally leave their houses can do so without a time limit before 7pm and have to remain within 10km of their homes. 

France lockdown: Government faces criticism from French press

Strangely, however, if you are a dog walker you are only allowed to go a kilometre away from your house. 

Non-essential shops also remain closed but the French government has made exemptions to the rules. 

Chocolate shops, cobblers and flower shops are some of the non-essential venues which remain open in Paris and across France.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said: “We made some exceptions such as hairdressers for French people’s morale.”

He added that flower shops make most of their turnover in spring and the upcoming Easter celebration is a busy time for chocolatiers.

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President Macron was urged by local leaders to put France into another national lockdown after new COVID-19 variants ripped through regions and made hospitals reach capacity. 

Patients were forced to be airlifted to more rural hospitals as ICU wards in Paris were full. 

Vaccine uptake in the country has been slow due to supply issues and concerns over the AstraZeneca vaccine – which was paused in France after blood clot fears. 

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