A staggering £25million’s worth of fines for breaking lockdown rules have been imposed in France since the measures were introduced to help stop the spread of coronavirus 11 days ago.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe revealed tonight that 260,000 French citizens had been fined for breaking the tough restrictions, which are crucial for stopping the spread of coronavirus.

He said there had been a total of 2,314 deaths form coronavirus so far – a jump of 319 in the last 24 hours.

He told citizens “the fight has only just begun” and said the first 15 days of April would be even more difficult than the last 15 days, according to  France24.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the war against coronavirus continues
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Yesterday French people were told the lockdown was to be extended until at least April 15

More than 100,000 police officers have been deployed to enforce the lockdown measures.

Schools and universities are all closed and all non-essential businesses have shut down including restaurants and bars.

People are allowed out of their homes to buy shopping, exercise, seek medical care or carry out essential work.

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Fines have been dished out to those ignoring lockdown instructions (stock photo)
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Fines have been dished out worth roughly £25m
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Checkpoints have been set up so people on the move must be able to justify their journey on a printed ministry document – including pedestrians.

Fines can range from 135 to 3,700 euros and a six-month prison sentence for repeated breaches.

Meanwhile people in the UK who repeatedly flout coronavirus distancing laws could face fines of up to £960.

People can be arrested as part of enforcement powers announced by the Home Office.

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Officers can also tell them to go home, leave or disperse an area and ensure parents are taking necessary steps to stop their children breaking the law.

Those who refuse to comply could be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £60, which will be lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Second-time offenders could be issued a fixed penalty notice of £120, doubling on each further repeat offence up to a maximum of £960.

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