"We need to put a brake on the spread of the virus", President Emmanuel Macron said.
"It means that we won't go to restaurants after 9 p.m., we won't go round to a friend's place, we won't go out partying", Macron said, adding,"we have to adopt stricter measures in order to completely restore control".
As virus numbers continue to rise in France, the president announced that nine cities and surrounding areas will be subject for a curfew from 9pm to 6am for at least four weeks.
In addition to Paris and its region, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Rouen, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse were being targeted by the measures, Macron said.
"We won't be leaving the restaurant after 9:00 pm", Macron said.
Mr Macron went on to say that anyone breaking the curfew rules would be fined €135 (£122).
The country reported 22,591 new daily cases on Wednesday, the third time in six days the daily total has surpassed 20,000.
The French hospitality sector immediately pushed back against the curfews, calling them "a closure in disguise" for restaurants, cafes and hotels, according to a joint statement from their federations.
"Hospitals and other public institutions have been crumbling under exponential activity since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, without the necessary human and physical resources", the General Confederation of Labour for Health and Social Work (CGT Santé et Action Sociale) union said. The number of Covid-19 patients increased from 31 to 1,673 in the intensive care units. Some 33,000 people have died from coronavirus in France.
Earlier on Wednesday, the French government announced a re-imposition of a state of health emergency in response to the resurgence in cases.
"It justifies the declaration of a state of emergency so that measures can be adopted. which are strictly proportionate to the public health risks".