A parade of ministers to respond to panic after Macron’s announcements

The Covid-19 pandemic in Francedossier
After Emmanuel Macron’s speech on Monday evening on the measures to deal with a fourth wave linked to the delta variant, his government is wiping the plasters and trying to clarify the contours. Result: a crossover of interventions in the media close to turning into cacophony.

Since Emmanuel Macron’s televised address on Monday, more than 2 million French people have made an appointment on Doctolib in order to be vaccinated. The rush for serum continues, accompanied by a wave of panic in high places. Since the beginning of the week, the members of the executive have stepped up to the plate following the Head of State in order to answer the many questions raised by the more or less vague measures announced.

From Monday evening on the set of BFM TV, the government spokesperson, Gabriel Attal, explained in particular what the extension of the health pass presented by the Elysee Palace consisted of. If the executive wishes to require a complete vaccination or a negative PCR to access places of culture and leisure exceeding 50 people from next Wednesday, it will be the turn of cafes and restaurants from August, once the bill will have been voted and validated by the Constitutional Council. “It is the establishment that is concerned, whether on the terrace or [dans] the room inside “, pointed out Attal. The owners of establishments will suffer therefore “Controls to ensure that the rules are properly applied”, at the risk of being sanctioned.

During a meeting with the Minister in charge of Small and Medium Enterprises, Alain Griset, the Union of Trades of Hospitality Industries (Umih) called for a postponement of this measure to September. Request refused, but who is “Registered” and will be the subject “Exchanges and negotiations” for the employees of these establishments, replied Griset on Tuesday. Gabriel Attal, for his part, appealed to “Flexibility” in control “Employees of establishments open to the public in which the health pass will be required”.

Exception, however, for places of worship, which will not be affected at all by the famous certificate. “Places of worship benefiting from constitutional protection, they are not affected by the health pass”, Matignon told Figaro mardi.

Suspensions for adolescents

The spokesperson continued Tuesday morning at the microphone of Europe 1, specifying that the health pass applied to all “Over 12 years”. Worried about finding themselves deadlocked this summer, given the slow take-off of the adolescent vaccination campaign (only 15.2% of young people having received their first dose), their parents received a message of hope a few minutes later . During his morning interview, the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, asked to show “flexibility” and of “comprehension” for minors. “It is out of the question to impose a hellish summer” under 18, finally rebounded Gabriel Attal at a press conference on Tuesday, promising that the rules would indeed be relaxed.

Information confirmed the same day by Olivier Véran, who announced on France 2 that teenagers would be exempt from showing white paw in August to take the train, go to a hospital or eat at a restaurant. “We have consulted experts and we have identified a solution for adolescents aged 12 to 17, so as not to spoil family vacations: for them, the health pass will apply from August 30”, said the Minister of Health.

Taking advantage of his time on the air, Véran also announced that the time to obtain the health pass after the last dose would be halved, thus bringing it to one week rather than fifteen days. However, it will be necessary to wait two weeks after the last injection to travel within the European Union.

Caregivers under pressure

Regarding the vaccination obligation for caregivers, Olivier Véran had done Macron’s after-sales service on Monday evening, reaffirming the constraint for the staff of hospitals and nursing homes under penalty of receiving a sanction from September 15. To this date, “If you are a caregiver and you are not vaccinated, you will no longer be able to work and you will no longer be paid”, he argued, causing an uproar within the medical profession.

According to the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, on the LCI set on Tuesday morning, “They also risk a suspension”, before “A layoff”, see “A dismissal” after two months. A bill will be presented to this effect in the Council of Ministers on Monday, announced Gabriel Attal. On Wednesday, a draft had already leaked to the press. The latter included in particular an obligation of quarantine for ten days after a positive test. A decision out of the hat.

On Tuesday, the government spokesperson specified on Europe 1 that “Employers will be responsible for monitoring”. Who will wield the stick? “For a caregiver working in a hospital, it is the management of the hospital. For a liberal health professional, it is the regional health agency, the primary health insurance fund. ” The police, they will not be exposed to any sanction in the event of non-vaccination. The arbitration was defended with difficulty by Gabriel Attal, still on Europe 1, however, not providing any new information.

Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.

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