Man fined for lockdown breach left note he was off to 'smash a guy's face in'

A man caught breaking French lockdown rules wrote a note explaining that he had a ‘good excuse’ and it was to ‘punch a man’s face’.

The 39-year-old man was discovered hiding behind a car and appeared drunk, police in Brittany said.

In France’s latest lockdown, residents need a certificate to leave their homes.

According to CNN, local police checked the man’s statement that he was out and found that he had written in the consent form: ‘I went to smash a man’s face. That’s my excuse and it’s a good one. ‘

A police spokesman said officers had explained to the man that this was not a legitimate reason.

The man reportedly carried a paring knife during the incident on Monday, but was said to have told police he had no intention of hurting the ‘man’ mentioned in his note with it.

He was held overnight, police said.

During the last French lockdown imposed in October, people are only allowed to leave their home once a day for an hour of exercise and are not allowed to deviate more than 1 km from their home.

Police Chief Daniel Kerdraon told CNN, “Somehow he wanted to respect the law because when questioned at the police station, he insisted he was less than a mile from his home.”

The man was reportedly fined € 135 (£ 120) for breaking lockdown rules and another € 150 (£ 130) for being drunk in a public place.

President Emmanuel Macron will speak to France tonight to outline his plans for exiting the lockdown.

He said in a televised address to the nation on Tuesday, he will clarify his plans to end the “uncertainty and misery without end.”

The leader is not expected to immediately lift the lockdown that has closed stores, schools, bars and restaurants, but rather to outline plans to leave the restrictions.