Paris, other French areas under nightly curfews

Nightly curfews have begun in Paris and several other coronavirus hotspots in France to curtail a spike in new infections.

The 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfews took effect in the capital and eight other areas on Saturday. The measure will continue for at least four weeks.

The Champs-Elysees in Paris was almost deserted after the regulation went into effect.

Owners of restaurants in the city are increasingly worried as dinner service can make up a large portion of revenue.

One eatery started offering dinner an hour earlier than usual. But it had only a few customers, all of whom left before 9 p.m.

Its owner said the tough and shocking situation comes as customer numbers had finally started to recover in the autumn.

France marked another record for daily infections on Saturday, reporting more than 32,000 cases.