France is to mobilise 100,000 police and gendarmes on New Year’s Eve to crack down on parties and enforce a curfew imposed to combat coronavirus. The plan also aims to prevent urban unrest, which has seen large numbers of vehicles set alight in previous years. Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has ordered a visible security presence in city centres and flashpoint suburbs from 20:00, when the curfew begins. In Paris half of the metro lines will be closed in the evening. Mr Darmanin has also asked for a wider public transport shutdown across the country to be considered.
- The Police and the health authorities request the public not to organize parties and ceremonies to mark the New Year
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