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Demonstrators protest ongoing coronavirus restrictions in Paris, France, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021.
Demonstrators protest ongoing coronavirus restrictions in Paris, France, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. (Francois Mori/AP)

PARIS — Residents and tourists in Paris will be required to wear face masks outdoors starting Friday as France sees a surge of COVID-19 infections fueled by the omicron variant.

The Paris police prefecture said the mask rule will apply to people ages 12 and over, although individuals will be exempt while riding bicycles or motorcycles, traveling in vehicles and doing exercise.

Those who do not comply face fines of 135 euros ($153).

Masks already are mandatory in shops, public facilities and office buildings and on public transportation in France.

The French government announced measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus this week, when France reported a daily record of 208,000 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.


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