France: “France goes into lockdown after Macron promises to protect businesses”

France officially entered lockdown at midday Tuesday local time (7 a.m. ET) as part of a number of measures announced by President Emmanuel Macron.

All non-essential outings are outlawed and can draw a fine of up to €135 ($148).

In a televised speech Monday, Macron also promised to support French businesses by guaranteeing €300 billion worth of loans, as well as suspending rent and utility bills owed by small companies.