From Saturday, a night curfew will apply in Paris and eight other French cities.
Gastronomy will be hit particularly hard. Many entrepreneurs needed help during the spring lockdown – loans that they of course have to repay.
At a meeting with restaurateurs in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, the French finance minister Bruno Le Maire announced further support for the battered gastronomy. He wanted to talk to Brussels about deferring payments, said Le Maire.
Minister of Finance Bruno Le Maire: “I will be negotiating with the European Commission whether we can postpone the start of loan repayment from 2021 to 2022. This would give companies two full years before they had to start repaying their loans. So it gives them an important delay. This is a negotiation that I have to conduct with the European Commission because these loans are guaranteed by the state and are therefore also considered state aid. “
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We would all have to think about a different way of organizing the day, said Le Maire, with a view to the next four weeks in which the night curfew should apply.
“We’re not dropping anyone,” Le Maire tweeted after the meeting.
Flying eggs in Barcelona
Plates and eggs follow in a demonstration by angry restaurateurs in Barcelona. Restaurants and bars across Catalonia will be closed for the next 15 days.
The regional government had taken this “painful but necessary” step, as it said, to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Spain has one of the highest infection rates in the European Union, with almost 900,000 infections and more than 33,000 deaths.