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World Closure of bars: Marseille calls for a reprieve

19:05  24 september  2020
19:05  24 september  2020 Source:   liberation.fr

Coronavirus in Marseille: Reduced visits to the Ephad, Heritage Days canceled ... The prefect toughens measures against the epidemic

 Coronavirus in Marseille: Reduced visits to the Ephad, Heritage Days canceled ... The prefect toughens measures against the epidemic The prefect of Bouches-du-Rhône has announced new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, such as the limitation of large gatherings © NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP New measures will be taken to stem the coronavirus epidemic in Marseille EPIDEMIC - The prefect of Bouches-du-Rhône has announced new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as the limitation of large gatherings The Prime Minister in person had publicly asked on Friday the prefect of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, pref

Benoît Payan, le premier adjoint à la mairie de Marseille, ce jeudi. © OLIVIER MONGE Benoît Payan, the first deputy at the town hall of Marseille, this Thursday. Removed like all local elected officials against the measures announced by the government, the first deputy mayor, Benoît Payan, asks for a period of ten days before applying them.

Angry, Benoît Payan. Even if promised, "we do not beat ourselves up with the government," assured the first deputy mayor of Marseille this Thursday morning. A bit though. Since the announcement the day before by the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, of the classification of the city in the "scarlet red" zone involving , new measures for the city , including the closure of bars and restaurants on Saturday to deal with the The Covid-19 epidemic, the municipality as well as all the local elected representatives of the territory cry out for the incomprehensible "punishment" coming from Paris. "Our city has just been put in quasi-quarantine without anyone having been concerted," insisted Payan, explaining that he had only been made aware of the measure an hour before the televised press conference. from Olivier Véran, by a phone call from the prefect.

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Also angry, the mayor of Marseille, who came out of his convalescence to send a murderous tweet on Wednesday evening , just after the announcements of the Minister of Health: "I learn with astonishment and anger a decision for which the Town Hall of Marseille was not consulted. Nothing in the health situation justifies this announcement. I do not accept that the Marseillais are victims of political decisions that no one can understand. " "Collective punishment", had summarized a few minutes earlier Renaud Muselier, president (LR) of the Paca region, also very upset against "unilateral decisions" which will strongly affect the local economy. "Me, I say: Shut up, Véran!", Reacted in Provence, Maryse Joissains, the mayor of Aix, a city also condemned to see its bars and restaurants close on Saturday.

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  Marseille furious at new French virus restrictions The government is set to close all restaurants and bars, prompting anger from local officials. The move, which will come into effect from Saturday, follows a recent upsurge in coronavirus cases nationwide.France recorded more than 13,000 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, a record since restrictions were eased.But Marseille Mayor Michèle Rubirola said she was not consulted about the decision and had been left feeling "astonished and angry"."The Marseille town hall was not consulted. Nothing in the health situation justifies these announcements," she wrote on Twitter.

"We are on a plateau"

An incomprehensible measure, because Marseille and its inhabitants have already made a lot of efforts, which is reflected in figures which are improving, insists Benoît Payan: "The positivity rate does that to go back, we are on a plateau, even if we do not cry victory. " Signs sufficiently encouraging, according to him, to offer a delay to Marseille before leaving the big artillery. Benoît Payan is asking the government for ten days before implementing its measures, the time to see if the indicators start to rise again. "We are not afraid of strong measures, but they have to be fair," insisted the elected official. Appointment this afternoon at the prefecture to try the conciliation.

Asked this morning in the Covid Commission of Inquiry, Olivier Véran has already passed the buck: "To consult does not necessarily mean to agree. At some point, the principle of accountability must come first when it comes to protecting people's lives. " The standoff has begun. If this fails, restaurants and bars will have to draw back the curtain on Saturday. Catering professionals are organizing a demonstration this Friday to make their message heard.

In Marseille, bistros in court to reopen despite the .
virus © NICOLAS TUCAT In Marseille on September 28. The owners of Marseille cafes and restaurants pleaded their case on Tuesday against the government decision to close their establishments in the face of the resumption of the epidemic. We will know this Wednesday if they have been heard. He wanted to keep the direction of the valve.

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