A French police officer controls a bystander in Belleville neighborhood as a lockdown imposed to slow the rate of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) contagion started at midday in all the country, in Paris, France, March 17, 2020. (Photo: Agencies)
France could hope to start seeing a slowdown of coronavirus infections in about eight to 12 days following the government's decision to lock down the country, health minister Olivier Veran said on Wednesday.
"We will intervene where necessary to make sure people respect the confinement. When I look outside my window, I see that gradually people are getting the message," Veran told LCI TV.