Paris Police Fine 73 Anti-Mask Protesters for Breaking Coronavirus Rules - Video

© AP Photo / Kamil ZihniogluFrench riot police officers patrol under the Eiffel Tower, near the entrance of the soccer fan zone, prior to the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between France and Romania, in Paris, Friday, June 10, 2016
French riot police officers patrol under the Eiffel Tower, near the entrance of the soccer fan zone, prior to the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between France and Romania, in Paris, Friday, June 10, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The decision to make people wear masks in the French capital was made after the country reported a major spike in infections, with 7,379 new coronavirus cases on Friday, almost reaching the peak results of 31 March, when 7,500 new cases were confirmed.

On Saturday, people have taken to the streets of Paris to protest against the compulsory mask-wearing ordered by French Prime Minister Jean Castex amid the latest surge of the disease.

Police have fined at least 73 people during the protest for not wearing masks.

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At the moment, France has the highest daily increase in Europe, with over 7,000 new infections per day. The nation has the seventh-highest death toll worldwide, as at least 30,596 people have succumbed to the coronavirus so far.

According to Prime Minister Castex, 21 of France’s departments are currently in the "red zone" amid the outbreak.

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