French police have searched the homes and offices of French officials including the former prime minister as part of an investigation into the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Current and former ministers have been targeted by at least 90 formal legal complaints from civic groups and members of the public over their response to the health emergency.

Investigators targeted the home of former PM Édouard Philippe on Thursday as well as the current health minister, Olivier Véran, the former health minister Agnès Buzyn, the former government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye and the head of France’s health authority, Jérôme Salomon.

Salomon became known as Monsieur Covid for his daily health briefings at the height of the epidemic in March and April.

The searches came hours after President Emmanuel Macron announced further Covid-19 restrictions including a night-time curfew in the Paris region and eight other cities put on “maximum alert” after a second wave of infections.

The curfew, from 9pm to 6am, begins from midnight Friday, will last at least four weeks and could be extended until 1 December, Macron said.

Further details of the measure were expected to be given by the prime minister, Jean Castex, and Véran on Thursday.

Two formal investigations are under way into the French government’s response to Covid-19 – one administrative and one criminal – looking into French ministers’ and officials’ handling of the crisis.

Read more: The Guardian


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