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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.
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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A man walks by the shuttered Café de Flore on Sunday, March 15, 2020, after restaurants were ordered to close as of midnight Saturday.
A man walks by the shuttered Café de Flore on Sunday, March 15, 2020, after restaurants were ordered to close as of midnight Saturday. Philippe Lopez, AFP

A shop in Paris carries the sign, "Sorry, we are closed."
A shop in Paris carries the sign, "Sorry, we are closed." © Philippe Lopez, AFP

Customers shop for food items at a normally busy local market in Cucq, western France, on March 15, 2020.
Customers shop for food items at a normally busy local market in Cucq, western France, on March 15, 2020. © Ludovic Marin, AFP

A photograph taken on March 14, 2020, shows a board reading "France-Ireland postponed" at the entrance to the Stade de France in Saint Denis. This weekend's Six Nations international was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A photograph taken on March 14, 2020, shows a board reading "France-Ireland postponed" at the entrance to the Stade de France in Saint Denis. This weekend's Six Nations international was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. © Franck Fife, AFP

This picture taken on March 14, 2020, shows almost empty aisles in a supermarket in Tinteniac, about 30 kilometres from Rennes in western France.
This picture taken on March 14, 2020, shows almost empty aisles in a supermarket in Tinteniac, about 30 kilometres from Rennes in western France. © Damien Meyer, AFP

An electoral official marks the floor to encourage people to keep their distance while voting in municipal elections in Toulouse.
An electoral official marks the floor to encourage people to keep their distance while voting in municipal elections in Toulouse. © Eric Cabanis, AFP

Voters keep their distance while voting in municipal elections in Nice.
Voters keep their distance while voting in municipal elections in Nice. © Eric Gaillard, Reuters

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