In pictures: France grinds to a halt as cafés and all 'non-essential' business ordered to close

A picture taken on March 15, 2020, in the Saint-Germain-des-Près district of Paris shows chairs piled up inside the Café de Flore after cafés and restaurants were ordered to close as of midnight Saturday. © Philippe Lopez, AFP

Many normally bustling areas appeared deserted on Sunday after French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe ordered the closure of restaurants, cafés and all other "non-essential" commerce beginning at midnight on Saturday. Groceries, pharmacies, tobacconists and petrol stations will remain open.

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