Faced with the pandemic, critics rain down on Emmanuel Macron, while the Elysée still hesitates on the extent to give to confinement.

Gaston CARRE

Faced with the pandemic, critics rain down on Emmanuel Macron, while the Elysée still hesitates on the extent to give to confinement.

One might have thought, for a time, that a sort of miracle would happen in France: that it would be freed from its partisan divisions, from its quarrels in chapels, from its legendary insubordination to authority, and that under threat of the virus she would submit without bickering to safety instructions.

But no, the miracle did not happen: the French at the beginning of last week were, of all Europeans, the most obstinate in ignorance of the precautionary principles, and they will undoubtedly be the last to sacrifice the controversy to the issues public health. At the very top of the state, where the two speeches by the president would cause, it was believed, a kind of sacred union in the face of the pandemic, it is Emmanuel Macron in person who is already disputed.

Not to criticize would be a mistake, even in times of crisis, such is the credo of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, head of La France insoumise, who believes that “silence would be an accomplice”. The reason: the lack of masks in France, the lack of screening tests, the hesitation as to the extent to give to confinement.

Curfew, the radical measure

Marine Le Pen, patron of the National Rally, calls for “more severe” confinement, not hesitating to suggest a general “curfew” from 8 pm and the call to the army to enforce it. Some mayors have already taken this radical step, in Valence and Perpignan or, closer to us, in Mulhouse and Charleville-Mézières (from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.).

No visitors to the Louvre pyramid in Paris.

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In terms of the treatment of the disease, the Republicans deplore the refusal to generalize as of now the use of chloroquine, an antimalarial, the evaluation of which, however, has not been completed. LR announces the creation of a commission of inquiry in the fall to “learn all the lessons of the epidemic”.

“The improvidence was total”

More embarrassing for the government, the health circles also make their criticisms, and doctors denounce the “unpreparedness” of the authorities. “The improvidence of the French government and administration has been total” and the authorities “will be held accountable,” thundered Jean-Paul Hamon, president of the Federation of Doctors of France (FMF).

Sunday, the Council of State, seized in summary procedure by the main union of the medical interns (Isni) which asked for a turn of the screw in confinement, partially agreed with the applicant by asking the government to review certain authorizations of displacement.

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Faced with the attacks, Emmanuel Macron shows irony: “I congratulate those who had foreseen the crisis once it took place.” And claims that France had “activated its alert systems even before the World Health Organization sounded the alarm”.

According to the Elysee Palace, the Scientific Council of ten experts regularly consulted by the president will issue a new opinion today Tuesday on the conditions of confinement, the extension of which beyond the initial period of 15 days is considered “probable” by several members of the government.

Emmanuel Macron recalled yesterday that he was not in favor of total confinement, despite the still numerous breaches of the rules of conduct decreed by the authorities. On nearly 1.8 million checks, the police have identified more than 90,000 breaches of non-compliance with restrictions since their establishment on Tuesday. Consequence: the sanctions are reinforced – the 135 euros lump sum fine increases to 1,500 euros in the event of a repeat offense within 15 days.

Death of two doctors

Two doctors from Haut-Rhin and Moselle died this weekend from coronavirus contamination. In Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin), a 66-year-old obstetrician-gynecologist died “of the consequences” of Covid-19, the Diaconat clinic said in a press release. “He had contracted the virus from one of his patients during a consultation in his office.”

Organize religious festivals: the president on video conference with representatives of different religions.

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In Moselle, a 60-year-old general practitioner died at Saint-Avold hospital where he had returned for “respiratory problems”, said Gilbert Weber, mayor of the Moselle commune of L’Hôpital, where the doctor practiced.

We also learn that the religious festivals of the month of April (Jewish Passover and Christian Easter, beginning of Ramadan in particular) must be celebrated without a gathering, a provision announced by the Elysée Palace after consultation with all religions.

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