The curfew aims to keep some 20 million people home from 9 pm to 6 am from Saturday - 30 percent of the French population. It begins this Saturday and will last for four weeks.
People in coronavirus masks on a bus in Paris. "We won't be partying with friends because we know that that's where the infection risk is greatest".
Anyone found to be outdoors during the curfew without special authorisation will face a fine of €135. Facing the deteriorating health situation, Prime Minister Jean Castex confirmed the state of health emergency starting at midnight and a curfew in Ile de France (also known as Paris Region) and for eight metropolises.
For a number of days now, the number of people admitted to intensive care has also been rising, from 171 new patients on Monday to 226 on Tuesday, 193 on Wednesday and 219 on Thursday, the data showed.
Macron called for public understanding, saying, "The message I want to send is that I need each of you, we need each other, to find solutions".
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Acutis was born in London in 1991 but spent his life in Milan, Italy, before passing away from leukaemia at just 15 years of age. As Acutis once said: "When we face the sun we get a tan. but when we stand before Jesus in the Eucharist we become saints".
A further 88 people died in France after testing positive for Covid-19, according to the most recent daily figures. French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin told the media that almost 12000 police officers would be deployed in the affected regions to enforce curfews.
Macron said new daily coronavirus cases must be brought down to "3,000 or 5,000", from current levels, which have reached up to nearly 27,000.
The president also once again urged the French public to reduce the number of people they have contact with and for the first time suggested that people should not exceed groups of six in private settings such as homes.
Macron said 32 per cent of France's 5,000 intensive care places were now occupied by coronavirus patients, a proportion that needed to be brought down to "10 to 15 percent at most".
President Emmanuel President Macron's office says France will restore a state of health emergency that expired three months ago. "Our employees have to be home by 9pm", she said.