It was the first day of the new government imposed lockdown in order to tackle rising infections in France.
The controversial 9pm until 6am curfew is set to last four weeks and was announced by French president Emmanual Macron on Wednesday to curb resurgent coronavirus.
New infections reached a new high on Saturday, with more than 30,000 infections in a day.
Macron said that the curfew was needed to prevent local hospitals becoming overrun.
Nearly 20 million citizens are covered by the curfew in France with deserted scenes observed in Marseille, Lyon, Lille and Toulouse.
The country has deployed an extra 12,000 police officers to enforce the new measures.
This has added to a despondency among bar and restaurant owners, whose sector has been devastated by lockdowns.
“I have the right to question the government's approach. I think it’s a catastrophic measure for the industry,” said Paris bistro owner Xavier Denamur.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Denamur said the curfew should not start before 11pm, adding “at least that would not destroy us. There’s no evidence that this difference of a couple of hours will have any effect on the virus circulating.”
France has seen over 33,000 confirmed deaths from coronavirus, the fourth highest death toll in Europe.
These new measures come as Italy, the first country significantly hit by the virus, is predicted to announce similar restrictions, as it also reported a record number of daily cases on Saturday.
Meanwhile, as cases continue to rise around Europe, Poland announced designated red zones where schools and gyms will close while it has been announced that schools in Italy’s southern Campania region will close for two weeks.
Last week, Slovakia’s prime minister Igor Matovic announced the country will test every person aged 10 and older for coronavirus amid a surge in cases while in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged people to stay at home as virus cases rise.