France intervenes after reports of domestic abuse to police jumped 36 percent in Paris and 32 percent elsewhere in France after the coronavirus restrictions came into force [File: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP]

France has said it would pay for hotel rooms for victims of domestic violence and open pop-up counselling centres after figures showed the number of abuse cases had soared during the first week of a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Gender Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa said about 20 centres would open in shops around the country so women could drop in for help while getting groceries.

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The government on Monday also announced an extra one million euros ($1.1m) in funding for anti-domestic abuse organisations to help them respond to increased

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