Shoppers queued outside supermarkets in Paris on Tuesday as France imposed restrictions to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
France and the United Kingdom followed other European countries in deciding to limit people's movements outside home as the European Union considered closing its external borders to foreign travelers Monday.
French President Emmanuel Macron said that starting on Tuesday, people will only be allowed to leave their homes in France for necessary activities such as shopping for food or taking a walk.
The restrictions put France much closer to a full lockdown of the population, unprecedented actions taken in Italy and Spain in response to the virus pandemic.
Macron said gatherings with family and friends would be prohibited and workers should only commute to their jobs if working from home isn't feasible.
France now has more than 6,600 cases of the virus, including 148 deaths.