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23 March 2020. Montreuil Sur Mer, Pas de Calais, France.
Coronavirus - COVID-19 in Northern France.
Wearing a face mask to help protect himself from coronavirus, local resident Frederic Philippe stands in the deserted main square of the ancient citadel town of Montreuil Sur Mer where a statue of Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig looks on. Montreuil Sur Mer was the former headquarters of the British Army during WW1. The usually bustling market square is now deserted since From March 16th French lawmakers imposed strict controls on the movement of people in an effort to stem 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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