Deserted streets near the banks of the river Seine in Paris as a lockdown is imposed to slow the rate of Covid-19. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

War has become the favourite metaphor for the coronavirus epidemic. “We are at war”, Emmanuel Macron repeated a half dozen times when he announced the(...)

Emmanuel Macron: “Even if you show no symptoms, you may be contaminated and you can contaminate others. Show solidarity and a sense of responsibility.” Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/via Getty Images

France is following the example of Italy and Spain in confining citizens to their homes, in the hope of slowing the Covid-19 epidemic, president Emma(...)

People walk in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Sunday. Thousands of Parisians ignored prime minister Edouard Philippe’s plea to practice ‘social distancing’. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP

The French capital seemed torn between conflicting instincts of pleasure and self-preservation on Sunday, after the government shut down all cafes, re(...)

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