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A French court has ruled that an elderly woman diagnosed with dementia must pay a fine of €166 (£151; $201) for having put the wrong date on her form for leaving home during lockdown.

Her daughter had appealed against the original €135 fine imposed during a police check in April.

In France's coronavirus lockdown, a downloadable form has to be filled in whenever a person wants to leave home.

The woman, 73, was stopped while out shopping in Luxeuil, eastern France.

France Bleu news reports that when police booked her they did not record that she was speaking incoherently. She was going to a supermarket about 800m – about half a mile – from her home.

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Her daughter drew the local mayor's attention to the incident, saying her mother had been having psychiatric monitoring for Alzheimer's for five years.

The mayor then advised the police to waive the fine, but they did not do so. A prosecutor had also pleaded for the fine to be waived, but the court in nearby Vesoul decided the fine must stay.

The fine dates back to France's first lockdown, in March-April. Now France is in a second lockdown, imposed because cases surged in the autumn after a summer relaxation of the rules, like the pattern in much of Europe.

France does not plan to start vaccinating people until January, unlike the UK.