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23 March 2020. Montreuil Sur Mer, Pas de Calais, France.
Coronavirus - COVID-19 in Northern France.
An abundant supply of toilet rolls fill shelves at Leclerc supermarket in Attin near Montreuil Sur Mer. Local supermarkets for the most part have not been plagued by people over-shopping and hoarding goods.
Numbers entering the store at any one time are restricted to try and maintain 'social distancing,' in an effort to halt the spread of the virus. Anyone leaving their home must carry with them an 'attestation,' in a effect a self administered permit to allow them out of the house. If stopped by the police, one must produce a valid permit along with identification papers. Failure to do so is punishable with heavy fines. Movement in France has been heavily restricted by the government.
Montreuil Sur Mer was the headquarters of the British Army under Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig from March 1916 to April 1919. Over 1,200 year old, the ancient fortified town with its high ramparts has endured through history, surviving the plague and King Henry VIII's invasion of France in 1544 when the Duke of Norfolk under Henry VIII's command laid a disastrous siege to the town which held firm until Norfolk was forced to withdraw in 1545. Residents are confident the ancient town can survive the coronavirus too.
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