Marseille fury at Paris decree to shut its bars as coronavirus soars

Officials brand ‘political decision’ ordered by Paris as ‘catastrophe’ for city

Officials in Marseille have reacted furiously to the French government’s decision to order all bars and restaurants in the city to close from this weekend, with officials branding the decision “collective punishment”.

The health minister, Olivier Véran, said the Mediterranean city had been designated a “maximum alert” zone because the worrying rise in Covid-19 infections threatened to overwhelm local hospitals.

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