French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to the nation during a television interview from the Elysee Palace in Paris on October 14. Ludovic Marin / AFP / Getty Images

Paris and other French cities will have a night curfew from Saturday to slow the spread of the coronavirus, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday.

The curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. also applies to Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Grenoble, Montpellier, Toulouse, St. Etienne, Lille and Lyon.

It takes effect from midnight Friday evening through Saturday.

“The aim is to reduce private contacts, which are the most dangerous contacts,” said Macron.

Violation of the night curfew will result in a fine of 135 euros (about $ 160) for a first offense and 1,500 euros ($ 1,760) if the offense is repeated, he said.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the names of two French cities that will be affected by the curfew. The cities are Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.

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