The President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron delivered in advance some elements that he will announce to the French on Tuesday evening. At JDD, he explains that there is no question of deconfining. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal specifies that the “easing” of confinement “will be done in three stages.
Emmanuel Macron wants to put an end to “uncertainty” on the health crisis by bringing “clarity” and “a course”, according to comments in Sunday newspaper from the president, whose speech on Covid-19 is expected Tuesday evening.
However, the head of state does not plan to announce an end to the confinement, he told the JDD: “Today, the level of circulation of the virus in the country is the same as at the time of the cover. fire. There is no question of deconfining “.
Nearly 300 Covid-19 patients have died in the past 24 hours, but the number of intensive care patients continues to decline for the 5the consecutive day, according to official statistics released on Saturday.
“We need consistency, clarity, a course”
“Nothing is worse than uncertainty and the impression of endless gloom”, assures Emmanuel Macron to the JDD: “We need consistency, clarity, a course. Knowing together where we are going and how there is go”. “It’s difficult, because the pandemic is inherently unpredictable and global,” he explains, “but it’s the key to trust, which itself is the key to success.”
According to Emmanuel Macron, “there is no inevitability. Crises can be, in the end, accelerators of progress. We must be at the rendezvous of history. And France has all the assets for it. be”.
“Relaxation” of containment in three stages
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal specifies in the same newspaper that the “easing” of confinement “will be carried out in three stages with regard to health developments and the risks associated with certain activities: first around the 1er December, then before the end of year holidays, then from January 2021 “.
However, “the confinement will continue and therefore the limitation of travel too”, confirms Gabriel Attal. A certificate to travel will always be necessary beyond the 1er December, Prime Minister Jean Castex had already indicated.
It confirms the horizon of a reopening of shops “around the 1er December “, stressing that” the president is aware of the efforts made and attached to the value of work “, but that” certain establishments, such as bars and restaurants, will continue to experience restrictions “.
Three contracts signed for a vaccine
For vaccines, Gabriel Attal says that France has three contracts “signed, at least three others very advanced and others under discussion”, with “on average 30 million doses per contract”. The question of a compulsory vaccine or not, which divides the political class, “will arise when we know the properties of vaccines,” he said.
The spokesperson also considers “interesting”, “in a personal capacity”, the possibility of making compulsory the isolation of positive cases and contact cases. “Many of our neighbors have done it and I hear French people who feel they are undergoing constraints that could be alleviated if we concentrate efforts on the chains of contamination”, he argues.
Finally, he criticizes the oppositions which, “for lack of a constructive spirit” have “found themselves within a council of defiance”.