France in CHAOS as thousands flee gridlocked Paris ahead of second coronavirus ...

FRANCE was in chaos last night with thousands fleeing major cities for the countryside ahead of a second national coronavirus lockdown which comes into effect this morning.

PUBLISHED: 03:44, Fri, Oct 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 03:44, Fri, Oct 30, 2020

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Roads in Paris were gridlocked as residents attempted to leave the city whilst bars and restaurants were full of punters enjoying a final night out before shutdown. Others attempted to stock-up at the shops before new restrictions are placed on non-essential products.

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Under the new rules all bars and restaurants will be required to close until at least December 1, when the lockdown is due to end.

People will need to carry documents when leaving the home explaining why they are doing so.

These can be checked by police with fines of 135 euros (£122) for those who don’t have a valid reason.

Accepted reasons include to buy essential supplies, travel to work if it can’t be done from home and to exercise for up to one hour per day.

CoronavirusFrance is entering a second coronavirus shutdown (Image: GETTY)

CoronavirusFrench police contain an anti-lockdown protest in Paris (Image: GETTY)

However, on their daily exercise people are not allowed to travel more than one kilometre (0.6 miles) from their dwellings.

Unlike during the first lockdown schools will remain open across the country.

On Thursday France reported another 47,637 coronavirus infections 235 fatalities.

This takes the total French death toll since the outbreak began to 36,000.

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