Ahead of the strict nationwide second lockdown in a bid to contain the COVID-19 pandemic raising cases, France’s Paris region on Friday evening(IST) faced traffic jams with a combined length of 730 kilometres (454 miles).
While thousands of tried to leave the capital before the 9 PM curfew on the last night, the city witnessed a world-record gridlock.
Paris gridlocked as tens of thousands flee city ahead of new nationwide lockdown pic.twitter.com/EUOqlLE5UZ
— The Sun (@TheSun) October 31, 2020
Reportedly, many Parisians who experienced tough times in their cramped up apartments during the first lockdown didn’t want the same while majority headed for their family homes in the countryside. All Saints’ Day holiday this weekend further added to the people moving out.
It is to be noted that French President Emmanuel Macron has imposed another month-long nationwide lockdown in the country aimed at stopping the fast spread of the virus that are filling French hospitals. France imposed Covid-19 travel restrictions which will last until at least December 1. Under the new rules people will need a certificate to move around and travel between regions is forbidden.