Faced with Covid-19, the authorities keep up the pressure – Liberation


After “The aperitif effect”, “the picnic effect” in the viewfinder? The authorities, who fear that the spring temperatures announced this weekend (17 degrees in Paris, 18 in Bordeaux, and up to 22 degrees in Biarritz, according to Météo France) push the French to free themselves from barrier measures and to brave curfew, provide for reinforced controls “To avoid any slackening”.

While the situation in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic remains fragile and the threat of variants is still present, Olivier Véran warned Thursday evening during his weekly update: this “Now is not the time to relax”. The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, is said to have asked the Paris police prefect as well as the directors general of the national police and gendarmerie to strengthen checks this weekend, reports The Parisian.

In the Paris region, the police headquarters has announced that it is stepping up its controls, in particular by ensuring compliance with barrier gestures. Particular attention will be paid to “Gatherings in green spaces”, where it remains forbidden to regroup with more than six people, recalls the prefecture, which specifies that 4,000 gendarmes, CRS and police officers are mobilized. “Now is not the time to relax collective vigilance”, warns the press release.

In Lyon, the Rhône prefecture has banned the consumption of alcohol on public roads between noon and 6 p.m. in the city center, in order to avoid gatherings “Conducive to epidemic spread”.

“With the warm weather expected this weekend, some might be tempted to be more ‘flexible’ in their application of the curfew. The police will be particularly mobilized and vigilant to ensure proper compliance with health measures in the days to come ”, for his part warned on Twitter the prefect of Meurthe-et-Moselle, while the department of Moselle is also experiencing an outbreak of the epidemic.

On Friday, Prime Minister Jean Castex, visiting Bordeaux, again called for responsibility: “Now is not the time to relax. We managed to avoid reconfinement, but it is very fragile. We must continue to be very disciplined, united, and confident ”, he had declared. Emmanuel Macron, he continues to monitor the situation closely. During a video conference with parliamentarians from the majority, the head of state would have mentioned a new deadline, giving himself 8 to 10 days to relax or tighten the constraints in the face of the epidemic.


Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.

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