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Covid-19 coronavirus – Summary update on measures taken by the French State

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16 April 2020

In response to the crisis, the French State first adopted various measures aiming at both tackling the health crisis (through some restrictions in relation to freedom of movement, such as the closure of all shops except those which are considered "essential", requisition of some products such as masks, etc.) and at supporting businesses.

The French Government moved first with ministerial orders and decrees. Then the French Parliament has voted for an amending Financial Law for 2020 (the Financial Law for 2020 Amendment) on 20 March 2020 and on 22 March 2020 a law c (the Emergency Law). The two laws were published on 24 March 2020. Several ordinances were adopted by the French Government on 25 March 2020, and later on, in application of the Emergency Law. Most of the measures that were initially taken by ministerial orders and decrees are now integrated into the Emergency Law or in ordinances adopted in application of such law.

This publication addresses the different schemes which have been adopted in application of the Emergency Law and which aim at dealing with the emergency situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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