Louis Vuitton owner to make hand sanitisers to reduce risk of shortage in France

Louis Vuitton owner to make hand sanitisers to reduce risk of shortage in France

Louis Vuitton owner LVMH (LVMH.PA) said on Sunday that its cosmetics unit would manufacture large quantities of hand disinfectant gel to help stave off a nationwide shortage across France as the novel coronavirus rapidly spreads.

"LVMH will use the production lines of its perfume and cosmetic brands to produce large quantities of hydroalcoholic gels from Monday," LVMH said in a statement.

"These gels will be delivered free of charge to the health authorities," LVMH added.

France's government on Saturday announced the closure of all cinemas, theatres, cafes, bars and restaurants, toughened curbs on public gatherings and urged people to stay at home.

But the first signs of warm spring sunshine on Sunday encouraged many to wander outside. Families strolled in the capital's parks, and friends and couples walked arm-in-arm along the Mediterranean seafront in Marseille.

Jerome Salomon, head of the public health authority, told France Inter on Monday that many people did not seem to be taking advice on social distancing seriously. Paris City Hall said it was closing its parks as a result.