Despite the official order to close restaurants and bars in France, in effect since the end of October due to the pandemic, 24 restaurants were spotted operating in Paris on Thursday and Friday, police said on Saturday.
“Minutes were taken” and a 15-day closure notice sent “to all of these establishments in the next few hours,” the police prefecture said in a statement.
On Friday night, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that the 6 pm curfew inspections of clandestine parties and “illegal opening” of restaurants would be stepped up so that “the behavior of some […] don’t ruin everyone’s efforts. “
Since January 1, 34 Parisian stores have been closed for 15 days, including eight supermarkets, for not respecting the curfew or mandatory mask use, according to the police.
Every day, on average, between 300 and 400 establishments open to the public are inspected in Paris, according to the same source.