More than 160,000 police and gendarmes have been mobilized since Friday and throughout the weekend on reinforced controls to enforce containment measures and dissuade the French from leaving for the spring holidays. "It is an exceptional control device , " said Friday the Secretary of State for the Interior, Laurent Nuñez on RTL.
A total of “426,430 checks were carried out on the national territory. The number of verbalizations is not higher than usual. This may be a sign that the French have understood that there is no vacation for the virus, " said Interior Minister Christophe Castaner at the end of the day . "On the Parisian place it is an increase of controls of 86% and there were only forty people who were the subject of a ticket in station, and there also, it is a sign that the French understood " He said.
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"The fight is still ahead of us, these controls will continue this night, Saturday and Sunday" , "at the station, on the highways, on the roads, also on the vacation spots , " said the Minister. Wednesday, Christophe Castaner had firmly closed the door to the traditional big departures for the spring holidays and the big Easter weekend. Zone C, which brings together the academies of Ile-de-France and Occitania, is on school holidays from Friday. "We don't go on vacation during the confinement period , " said the minister. A message also hammered by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe Thursday evening. "There must be no departure on vacation," he said, "so that the start of the school holidays does not translate into journeys that would ruin the collective effort made for three weeks . "
"We will be extremely severe, there will be no possibility of departure," also warned Friday the prefect of police in Paris during a press point on a checkpoint at the gates of Paris. "I say to those who persist in their stupid intentions, we will be there at the start, we will be there during the journey and we will be there when they arrive, " he said, adding that "8,277 officials and soldiers will be mobilized throughout over the weekend to ensure these checks . " For its part, the National Gendarmerie affirms that approximately 60,000 soldiers will be mobilized to ensure the controls, and stresses that in Ile-de-France, seven squadrons of mobile gendarmerie and three helicopters are mobilized in reinforcement.
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Among the tourist departments, Charente-Maritime - where the island of Ré, Oléron, Royan or La Rochelle is located - "urged tourist accommodation rental platforms to take all the necessary measures so that none seasonal rental that does not meet an imperative and duly justified professional reason does not take place until the end of confinement ” .
In the stations, only half of the tickets were put on sale, explained on France Info the Secretary of State for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari and only 6% of the TGV, 7% of the Intercités and 25% of the daily trains circulate . "We are making sure to maintain a minimum level of traffic, which allows essential transport but which protects us from the effects of exodus, as we saw on the eve of the start of confinement," he stressed. "I am a director, assumed, of demobility (...) 60% of reservations for TGV for these spring holidays are already canceled" , commented, on the LinkedIn platform, Alain Krakovitch, director of SNCF Travel. In addition, controls will also be strengthened because major speeding tickets have increased by 16%, said Laurent Nuñez.
According to a new count given Friday morning by the Secretary of State, 6.7 million checks on compliance with the containment measures were carried out by the police. These resulted in 406,000 reports.