France went on a strict lockdown on 17 March, which is likely to be extended until 28 April. Schools and universities previously closed on 16 March.
On 22 March the French parliament declared COVID-19 a health emergency and granted greater powers to the government to fight the pandemic.
Non-essential retailers are closed nationwide until further notice, including non-food shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. Citizens are not allowed to leave their homes unless they are carrying out permitted activities such as grocery shopping or attending medical appointments.