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French Attestation Required Whenever Leaving Home

France is now in lock down - You are required to stay at home - You can go out only if you carry an attestation

RFI & LifeStyle 74 - 17 March 2020

France is now in a total lock down. Stores and most businesses are closed. City streets are largely empty both of people and cars.

The government has ordered that every person in France shall remain at his/her place of residence, or at a hotel room, during the next two weeks.

A special attestation must be filled out and signed each time a person goes out for any one of a limited number of specific reasons. If caught out without the attestation, police will issue a fine ranging from 135 to 375 euros. And there are 100,000 police controlling the streets.

The same fine applies for not respecting a distance of at least one meter between people in the street, in a store or anywhere outside of your home.

Before leaving home, each person must sign an “attestation” stating the exact reason for being in the street. Carry it with you at all times.

These forms can be downloaded from an official government website:

Attestation de sortie : téléchargez l'attestation de déplacement


How do I prove my reason for being out?

At present no proof is required, you self-certify and sign the 'declaration on your honour' that the reason you are giving is the truth.

The French government is clearly hoping they can rely on people to follow the rules, and Macron has appealed to the nation's solidarité in order to protect the most vulnerable - the elderly and those with serious underlying health conditions.

Your ARE permitted to leave home for the following reasons:

- going to work when it’s not possible to work remotely on the web from home.

- Professional travel when it cannot be postponed.

- going to the grocery store or a limited number of authorized businesses.

- medical appointments or other health related reasons

- family reasons, to assist vulnerable persons or to a crèche or child minder

- to get physical exercise on an individual basis, near one’s residence.

- moving around near home in connection with caring for animals and their needs.


What services can remain open in France

Connexion - 16 March 2020

The full list of locations permitted to stay open was published by national decree on March 15. These places are permitted to stay “open to the public for the stated activities”.

Food and drink

  • Retail sale of frozen food products
  • General food trade
  • Convenience stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Hypermarkets
  • Specialist fruit and vegetable shops (grocer)
  • Specialist meat and meat products shops (butcher)
  • Specialist fish, crustaceans and molluscs shops (fishmonger)
  • Specialist bread, pastry and confectionery shops (bakery)
  • Retail sale of beverages
  • Other specialist food shops
  • Retail sale of pet food and pet supplies
  • Food retailing on stalls and markets
  • Sale by vending machines and other retail sale not in stores, stalls or markets

Food banks and food charities

  • Food distribution by charitable associations

Petrol stations and garages

  • Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles, agricultural vehicles, machinery and equipment
  • Trade in automotive equipment
  • Sale and repair of motorcycles and cycles
  • Retail sale of fuel in specialized stores

Media, technology and computers

  • Retail sale of newspapers and stationery in specialized stores
  • Retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialized stores
  • Retail sale of computers, peripheral units and software in specialized stores
  • Retail sale of telecommunications equipment in specialized stores
  • Repair of computers and personal and household goods
  • Repair of computers and communication equipment
  • Repair of computers and peripheral equipment
  • Repair of communication equipment

Pharmacies and medical

  • Retail sale of pharmaceutical products in specialized stores
  • Retail sale of medical and orthopedic articles in specialized stores

Laundry and dry cleaning

  • Laundry and dry-cleaning services
  • Wholesale laundry and dry cleaning
  • Retail laundry and dry cleaning

Hotels and accommodation

  • Hotels and similar accommodation
  • Tourist and other short-term accommodation where it constitutes a regular place of residence for the persons living there
  • Campgrounds and parks for caravans or recreational vehicles where they are a regular place of residence for the persons living there

Funeral services

  • Funeral services and funeral offices

Banks, finance, insurance and employment

  • Activities of labour placement agencies
  • Activities of temporary employment agencies
  • Financial and insurance activities

Farming, construction and equipment stores

  • Farm suppliers
  • Retail sale of building materials, hardware, paints and glass in specialised stores
  • Rental and leasing of other machinery, equipment and property
  • Rental and leasing of agricultural machinery and equipment
  • Rental and leasing of construction machinery and equipment


Coronavirus Situation in Switzerland

SwissInfo.com - 16 March 2020

Switzerland Also on Lockdown - Residents Urged to Remain At Home

  • On Monday, the government declared an “extraordinary situation” , instituting a ban on all private and public events and closing bars, restaurants, sports and cultural spaces until April 19; only businesses providing essential goods – such as grocery stores, bakeries and pharmacies – remain open. Schools are closed nationwide until April 19.
  • The government has also decided to introduce border checks with Germany, France and Austria. Only Swiss citizens, Swiss residents and people traveling to Switzerland for business are allowed to enter the country.
  • The Swiss government had previously imposed sweeping measures on March 13, including closing schools across the country until at least April 4 (some cantons have longer closures until April 30) and pledging CHF10 billion to help the economy.
  • Up to 8,000 members of the military will be mobilized to help, representing the largest Swiss army mobilization since World War II.
  • The focus has now shifted to protecting the old and unwell. The health authorities no longer trace every Covid-19 case systematically.

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Before travelling on a French passport, get informed

It’s advisable to consult this official website: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr

The coronavirus keeps spreading in Switzerland

As Covid-19 spreads almost uncontrollably, the Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland decided on not testing people anymore if they are sick but only people at risk for a fatal outcome.

As the Covid-19 disease becomes so common there are certain precautions to take, not necessarily for yourself if you are a healthy individual under 65 (as in that case the disease is usually mild), but for the sick and elderly people. Please take note of the following precautions as given by Dr. Sabina Cabungcal, MD, (member of the boards of Home & Family Life and RADIO 74 SUISSE):

1. People who have a cough (even without fever, even if just very light) should stay at home and not join any group meeting.

2. People who have a chronic disease like Diabetes, cardiovascular disease (including not well-controlled high blood pressure), chronic respiratory disease, conditions and treatments that weaken the immune system, cancer or/and 65 years + old should stay at home also.

3. Everyone should wash their hands regularly or disinfect them with hand sanitizer.

4. If you are very sick and not sure what to do call the following number: *0800 909 400* (Geneva hotline for coronavirus).

5. Never go to the doctor or hospital without calling them first.

6. Avoid hugging, kissing, and handshaking during group meetings.

These measures help or assist in the fight against the spread of the disease.


Living healthier, happier and longer

By Ron Myers

I recently reported that obesity is on the rise across Europe and notably in France.  And there are reasons, all associated with modern diet and lifestyle.

The French might have a reputation for eating freshly-prepared, well-balanced meals. But the trend is downward, as more and more French people are now eating like Americans.

Eating habits in France are getting less healthy, according to a new study published Tuesday (July 11, 2017) by the French national agency of food and health safety ANSES.

Here’s some of what the study reveals…

The French are eating too many pizzas, quiches and industrial ready-meals

French people are not eating enough fiber and taking in too much salt

The French are turning in droves to food supplements to complement their diet

They are eating more raw meat and fish, which comes with "risks"

AND - their fridges are not cold enough!

And as result of worsening dietary habits it's no surprise that obesity is on the rise in France.

The number of 15-17 year-olds classed as "obese" has risen by six percent since 2007 and for adults obesity levels have gone up by five percent.

Overall, 55 percent of French men and 47 percent of French women are either overweight or obese due to changes in diet as well as lifestyle factors, such as the fact that people tend to be more sedentary, making the issue something of a public health crisis.

Like many other Western nations, the French are being tempted by ready-made foods, frozen or fast-foods, something people don't usually associate with France.

The popularity of pizzas, quiches, sandwiches and industrially-made ready meals that are full of salt, sugar and additives, or require nothing more than a quick blast in the microwave is on the rise. 

Fast foods? Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll continue eating a balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and a few nuts each day. No meat, poultry or fish, and very little if any dairy products like cheese or cream.

I’ve been a vegetarian much of my life, and a vegan over the past 30 years. Could this be part of the reason why I’m not overweight, and remain healthy and strong?

Perhaps you too need a NEWSTART.  I wholeheartedly recommend it!   Check with your doctor first, then gradually begin your transition towards a healthier diet and lifestyle, and enjoy the health benefits!

Learn about NEWSTART:   https://weimar.org/health/ 

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