‘Everyone is afraid of everyone’: Life under lockdown in France

Two weeks ago, everything felt normal for most people living in France. But as coronavirus cases climbed, the country became unrecognizable — practically overnight. 

“I haven’t moved from home for the past four, five days, but outside it’s surrealistic,” Gerald Carmont, a 60-year-old Frenchman working in educational services just outside of Paris, told CNBC over the phone. “It’s like you’re living in a death place.”

“There is no life, you get a few food shops that are open, most of them will give you gloves and masks when you enter and you can’t touch anything, the cashiers are protected by glass screens. It’s amazing, and it all happened so quickly because about two weeks ago, everything was normal. And then, all of a sudden, the country went down.” 

Like many other countries in Europe and increasingly around the world, France has gone into official lockdown, closing all but essential businesses and urging residents to stay indoors, under penalty of fines and arrest. 

 

Source:  https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/25/coronavirus-lockdown-in-france-everyone-is-afraid-of-everyone.html

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