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PARIS, France, October 16, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A strict curfew will take effect as of Saturday in eight major cities in the Eastern half of France as well as the greater Paris region, affecting over 20 million people — close to one third of the French population.

By ordering people off the streets from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for four weeks — or six, if Parliament approves the “state of sanitary emergency” law until April 1, 2021, that has already obtained the vote of the National Assembly (or lower chamber) — the government officially aims to slow down hospitalizations and occupation of ICU beds in hospitals due to COVID-19.

How such closures — when only about 10 percent of known contamination clusters appear in restaurants, bars and other evening venues — are going to change anything remains a mystery.

The announcement was made on Wednesday evening during a television interview that saw French president Emmanuel Macron explain, “We are slowly learning again how fully to be a nation; we had gradually become used to being a society of free individuals. We are a nation of citizens in solidarity.”

His words were widely interpreted, both on social media and by a small but slowly increasing number of journalists, as meaning that personal freedoms are no longer acceptable in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic — which is now sending ten times fewer people to the hospital than at the height of the pandemic in March and April, and causes only slightly more daily deaths at present than an above average flu season. The Wuhan coronavirus appears to have weakened in strength even though it is “circulating actively” throughout the country, as the authorities repeatedly warned.

The curfew, which is enforced with a €135 fine (about $150) for first-time offenders, and €1,500 to €6,000, and even up to six months imprisonment, for repeat offenders, came as a shock to the French because it is reminiscent of the time of the German occupation in 1940–1944 during the Second World War. The only other curfew Parisians can remember dates back to the “Guerre d’Algérie,” the war of independence of France’s former colony Algeria at the beginning of the 1960s.

It is in practice a death penalty for an estimated 30 percent of restaurants in the affected areas, with bankruptcies, job losses and indirect losses to suppliers and related businesses, as many of these establishments, especially the most prestigious ones, make a large proportion of their income from dinner guests after 8 p.m. Bars, theaters, cultural activities and cinemas will also be heavily hit as young people are deprived of their meeting points, while families will not be able to invite their friends given working hours up to 7 p.m. or later, and the time it takes to reach home before the fatal “21 hours” mark turns all and sundry into potential delinquents.

In any case, Emmanuel Macron told the two adoring journalists who carefully served him softball questions that the French must observe the “rule of six”: no more than six people at restaurant tables, no more than six people grouped in the street, and the “strong recommendation” not to exceed six people at dinner parties at home all over the country. Wedding receptions and students’ parties in public places have also been outlawed in the whole of France. Many cities and smaller towns, including Paris, have mandatory mask rules both indoors and outdoors, despite the avowed ineffectiveness — and even harm — of face coverings in the context of the coronavirus, especially in the way they are worn: repeatedly put on and taken off, shoved in pockets and continually reused.

On the other hand, public transport will run as usual, with crowded subways and stuffy trains.

Macron told the French that they should wash their hands, under some circumstances wear masks even in the home, and open windows for ten minutes three times a day.

He also announced that further millions of euros would be injected into the economy to help businesses hurt by the curfew decisions and restrictions on receiving the public: this help will take the form of government loans that will have to be repaid in a context of economic contraction and a depression that will be much worse than in 1929.

This fact partly answers the question about whether a curfew is really something to complain about when so many people live in warzones or in poverty and distress. But the loss of personal freedoms, the crackdown on social life and person-to-person meetings and interaction, risking a heavy fine even if you pull your mask under your nose or step outside after a given time, being told where to stand and sit and walk, being considered as an enemy of society by virtue of your very existence, is the sure sign of totalitarianism. With modern surveillance that rests on ever more efficient identification and artificial intelligence algorithms, the path is wide open towards a China-like society, where the mainstream media systematically ridicules those who question the set-up.

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PETITION UPDATE (8/27/2020)

Thank you for continuing to SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks policymakers at all levels of government to reverse mandatory mask orders within their borders.

Facebook has restored the share link for this petition, saying that the decision to block it was a 'mistake...'

Please share with your Facebook friends, but we should all take heed of this warning: when an organization or individuals have to beg, plead and cajole just to express objective truths, it may be time to start looking for other social networking platforms.

Facebook needs to treat its users with respect, no matter their political persuasion. Moreover, Facebook needs to treat objective reality and facts with more respect.

One-size-fits-all oppressive government mask mandates must stop!

Healthy adults and children should not be forced - by the state - to wear masks when the risk of infection is low and the benefit of wearing a mask is highly questionable.

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PETITION UPDATE (8/25/2020)

Facebook is actively censoring this petition, saying that some people find it 'abusive.'

How anyone could find alternate facts about oppressive mask mandates 'abusive' is incredible...that is, impossible to believe.

This is exactly the kind of censorship which Big Tech is getting a bad reputation for.

The fact that Facebook calls differing opinion and objective reality "abusive" says a lot about Facebook and their agenda to silence reason and logic, not just conservatives and Christians.

But, people are more intelligent than Facebook give them credit for.

And, the more this continues, the more reasonable people will look alternate platforms to share their thoughts and connect with their friends and family. The more that happens, the less revenue Facebook will generate.

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One-size-fits-all oppressive government mask mandates must stop!

Healthy adults and children should not be forced - by the state - to wear masks when the risk of infection is low and the benefit of wearing a mask is highly questionable.

Please SIGN this petition which asks policymakers at all levels of government to reverse mandatory mask mandates within their borders

Public health policies should be based on science and logic, not on the type of political posturing and virtue-signaling which led Joe Biden to recently call for a national mask mandate.

And, public health policies certainly shouldn't lead to a situation where more people could become sick.

But, that is exactly what these mandatory mask mandates are doing.

Here are four inconvenient facts about masks:

1) Masks** are largely ineffective at stopping the transmission of viruses.

The vast majority of masks worn by the public are made from material which cannot filter-out viruses because virus particles are too small to catch or obstruct.  Wearing cloth masks to stop a virus is like putting a bee in a bird cage to keep it from flying away.

Wearing a mask for long periods of time ensures that the wearer has a warm and moist receptacle around his or her mouth, on which viruses and bacteria can land and accumulate.

Thus, masks are actually likely to have little effect in stopping the spread of COVID-19 acting as a barrier, but could actually make things worse acting as a receptacle.

2) Mandates which call for masks to be worn outdoors are both absurd and oppressive.

3) There are clearly documented hazards of wearing masks for long periods of time.

4) And, since school is on everyone's mind...

Notwithstanding the above information on the ineffectiveness of most masks against viruses, we don't know if asymptomatic children can even transmit the virus.

But, it was a reported in an article in the July 21, 2020 Uk Times that: "There has been no recorded case of a teacher catching the coronavirus from a pupil anywhere in the world, according to one of the UK government's leading scientific advisers."

And, we also know that children are extremely unlikely to get seriously ill or die from COVID infections. In any case, children cannot possibly be expected to wear a mask properly in a way that would cut transmission.

There are still a lot of unknowns about COVID-19, but we have grown in our understanding of this disease since the beginning of the crisis.

The knowledge we have gained should allow government and health authorities to make more nuanced policies than the current one-size-fits-all mask mandates.

Where are the legislative hearings in county commissions, and state, provincial or federal legislatures before these drastic actions are mandated? Where are the open and transparent debates among experts that provide our representatives with the necessary information to make good policy decisions?

The real pandemic is the panic and the resulting tyranny that is being caused by dictatorial governors, corporate media and the monopolistic Big Tech.

The truth is that COVID-19 is like a bad cold for most people; this is not ebola or the plague.

Of course, the very elderly and those with serious health conditions should take precautions or be quarantined, but the rest of society should begin the long process of returning to normality.

The frenzy to force everyone to wear a mask, at all times, has gone beyond all comprehension, and goes against science and logic.

Please SIGN this petition which asks policymakers at all levels of government to reverse any mandatory mask order within the borders of their county, state, province, or country.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Explosion in mandatory masking isn’t driven by science, but fear', PART I - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/explosion-in-mandatory-masking-isnt-driven-by-science-but-fear

'Explosion in mandatory masking isn’t driven by science, but fear', PART II - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/explosion-in-mandatory-masking-isnt-driven-by-science-but-fear-part-ii

OSHA Document on Surgical Masks and Respirators stating that surgical masks do NOT prevent airborne particles (e.g. viruses) from being inhaled - https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3219.pdf

'PETER HITCHENS: Face masks turn us into voiceless submissives - and it’s not science forcing us to wear them, it’s politics' - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-8537489/PETER-HITCHENS-Face-masks-turn-voiceless-submissives.html

**Here, we are referring to the masks worn by the vast majority of the public, not to specialist masks or respirator-type masks.

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“Why?” many people ask. Is the threat of a modern-day plague so great? But not all question government decisions: a remarkable proportion of the population is actually complaining that the curfew is not nationwide, and in towns where masks are not compulsory, up to two thirds of the population wear them in the streets.

The truth is hard to come by because government statistics are broadcast in an incomplete way, and gauges keep changing without notice. At the height of the pandemic, which claimed about 30,000 lives in France from March to the end of May (the lockdown in France was from March 17 to May 11), including the very old and frail with many comorbidities, only some regions were hit and faced full ICU and COVID-19 sections. However, private clinics received no COVID patients although they begged to help, and in the provinces most hospitals and clinics were empty, waiting for a “wave” that never came, and prevented from caring for any but the most urgently ill — although abortions continued to take place as an “essential” service.

At the end of August, health minister Olivier Véran announced that ICU beds would soon double as compared to those available during the “first wave” — it was their scarcity, about 6,000 to 7,000 nationwide, that was invoked in order to impose the lockdown, to “flatten the curve,” as they said.

This has not happened. Instead, massive amounts of PCR tests have been conducted, revealing thousands of new “cases” as positive results roll in due to their sensitivity that identifies people who may have been infected months ago or who have such small viral charges that they can infect no one. “Asympomatic” patients are all the rage: they are well and feel well, but are considered as dangerously contagious. Hence masks, seven day quarantines for “contact cases,” curfews and the obstacles to social life.

Since the beginning of September, “infections” have risen sharply, while deaths have risen somewhat but are nowhere near March and April figures, as this diagram shows. It is not clear whether these deaths are “COVID deaths” or deaths of severely ill people who happen to be COVID-positive. ICU beds are at present occupied to the tune of 1,600 by COVID positive patients, who are not necessarily true COVID patients, while the “red alert” threshold for occupation has been surreptitiously brought down from 40 to 30 percent.

Authorities insist that the “second wave” is here — as they have been doing for over a month, but in many zones the peak of the wavelet seems to have passed — and many scientists and health professionals are accusing the French government of outright lying and manipulation — but that’s another story.

Hospital admissions appear to be on the rise — as they are every fall and winter, with recurring media coverage about the saturation of emergency wards — but not many people are dying of COVID: they receive anticoagulants early on, as well as corticotherapy, which was banned in spring. Less than a third of ICU COVID patients are receiving invasive respiratory treatment, which has been mostly replaced by the plain administration of oxygen. Stays in ICU units have shortened dramatically, and COVID-19 is now considered to be a condition that is treatable for the most part.

So how long will restrictive measures and curbs on fundamental liberties continue, at a time when many only observe them nominally to avoid being fined? It’s anyone’s guess: clearly, the government is hoping that the population will clamor for a vaccine. There are also local political considerations for Macron who portrays himself as the savior of the nation; beyond that, the crisis is being used to impose even more anti-life laws and to adopt “greening” measures that have already included the closure of nuclear plants. The slow collapse of the French economy will also make an increasing number of citizens dependent on the State, while at the same time workers’ unions are complaining of having to work in “dangerous” conditions because the lockdown is not complete.

If there’s a war on in France — a war against the virus, Macron said in March — morale is sadly low. And that is much worse than the “invisible enemy” which is achieving less and less.

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