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23 March 2020. Near Montreuil Sur Mer, Pas de Calais, France.
Coronavirus - COVID-19 in Northern France.
The usually busy A16 toll motorway from Calais to Paris is deserted. The A16 is one of France's main arteries carrying freight, tourists and people North and South from the Belgian border servicing Dunkirk, Calais, Boulogne, Dieppe, and Havre with connections to Paris and the french interior.
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.
Photo©; Charlie Varley/varleypix.com
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