Lockdown: France orders closure of restaurants and all ‘non-essential’ commerce to stem coronavirus

France has gone on lockdown after French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe ordered the closure of restaurants, cafés and all other “non-essential” commerce beginning at midnight on Saturday. Groceries, pharmacies, tobacconists and petrol stations will remain open.

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France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.

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