World Macron will speak Wednesday at 8 p.m. to announce new restrictions

22:55  27 october  2020
22:55  27 october  2020 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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President Emmanuel Macron will speak this Wednesday, October 28 at 8 p.m. after meeting in the morning a second defense council for decide on the new anti-Covid restrictions, announces the Elysee to AFP, confirming information from BFMTV. He will let, according to Franceinfo , Prime Minister Jean Castex detail the measures the next day, during the weekly press briefing on Thursday on the health situation.

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The executive, confronted with the brutal rise of the second wave of Covid-19 , prepared all day on Tuesday a new turn of the screw of measures to fight against the epidemic, which could go as far as a national reconfinement of several weeks according to several media including France Inter, BFMTV and Europe 1.

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Emmanuel Macron met this Tuesday morning a first defense council in the presence of Jean Castex and a dozen ministers. According to Franceinfo, the epidemic figures have been analyzed, the measures taken by European neighbors studied and the different scenarios have been assessed according to the health, economic and social situation of the country.

"We must expect difficult decisions," Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin warned on Tuesday morning, echoing the alarming comments made by several doctors in recent days. "At one point we have to take tough decisions [...] like all our European neighbors", he added on France Inter, referring to the new restrictions planned in Italy, Spain or the Czech Republic.

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The President of the Scientific Council, Jean-François Delfraissy, on Monday described the situation in France as "critical", saying he feared that the second wave would be "stronger than the first one ".

Vote in Parliament Thursday

Politicians seem resigned to tougher measures, but the opposition is not sparing its criticism of the government.

PS deputies on Tuesday denounced a "wind of panic" within the executive in the face of the acceleration of the spread of the virus, their LR counterparts believing that the government "is giving up."

According to socialist deputy Boris Vallaud, "the feeling is that the government is moving from one stage to another, often with a train of delay," he told reporters.

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The government will respond to Parliament's request for explanations by organizing two successive debates in the Assembly on Thursday, then in the Senate, in the name of Article 50- 1 of the Constitution. According to this article, the debate can be "votable without incurring the responsibility" of the government. A vote will take place, Prime Minister Jean Castex has already confirmed.

The idea for the executive is to try to "build consensus" and move forward transparently, while the opposition accuses the government of deciding on its own. The consideration of the bill on the state of health emergency, scheduled for Wednesday in the Senate, should be postponed.

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