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French president on coronavirus: We're at war

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Posted at 2:46 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 15:46:42-04

France is imposing nationwide restrictions on how far from their homes people can go and for what purpose as part of the country's strategy to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that "movements will be very strongly reduced” for 15 days starting at midday Tuesday.

He says residents will only be permitted to leave their homes for necessary trips such as going to work or the supermarket. Macron said in televised remarks that the government decided to order the restrictions because people haven't complied with earlier public health measures and “we are at war.”

Macron added that any violations from the law will be penalized, without elaborating how.