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US News Three questions around a possible scientific council specific to Marseille

23:05  05 october  2020
23:05  05 october  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

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The proposal was brought by the second assistant to the city Samia Ghali in the municipal council on Monday to "no longer depend on certain Parisian scientists".

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The city of Marseille plans to set up its own scientific council to assess the health situation. In particular, on the Covid-19 front, to "tell [herself] what is going and what is wrong" and "no longer depend on certain Parisian scientists".

The proposal was brought by the second assistant to the city Samia Ghali in the city council on Monday, at the same time when the restaurants in the city, placed by the government in the maximum alert zone, could reopen after a week of imposed closure .

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The decision to close bars and restaurants in Marseille and Aix-en-Provence for 15 days had indeed aroused a wave of anger from local elected officials and professionals, who felt that the health situation did not justify it. The new rules for the maximum alert zones announced on Sunday evening by Matignon allowed the restaurants to reopen under certain conditions on Monday.

Deploring "incomprehensible decisions" and a "battle of figures" with the government, the first deputy Benoît Payan - who chaired the meeting in the absence of the mayor, recovering after an operation - welcomed Samia Ghali's proposal: "Provided with a scientific council which will allow us to take decisions, we ourselves will be able to enlighten this government", he said.

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What role?

The goal? "Allow the mayor of Marseille [Michèle Rubirola] to have discussions on the Covid and other questions, and ensure that Marseille personalities can discuss and make proposals rather than let the state do it", said she explained Samia Ghali.

"The mayor must chair a scientific council (...) to see what the deficiencies are and that we have a vision, and that we no longer depend on certain Parisian scientists, but that we are also ourselves able to say what is going and what is not, so as not to suffer the lightning strike of Paris, "she added to the council.

On BFMTV, she reaffirmed her will, explaining that "we are dealing with people in Paris, with all the respect I have for them, who are in their offices, I do not know where, and who decide for what happening in Marseille, without knowing exactly what is going on ".

What composition?

A council therefore chaired by the mayor of the city, and composed with the help of many sectors, not just scientists. "I think it is important to create a scientific council for the city of Marseille, with the communities, the prefecture, the IHU, the AP-HM, the private hospital, the marine firefighters, even the CCI, National Education ... all these organizations which are in contact with the daily health situation, "she again declared to the city council.

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This council could count among its members the head of the IHU of Marseille, Didier Raoult - who slammed the door of the scientific council created at the start of the epidemic. "It is sure that it will be, I can not imagine that it is not there", thus assured the elected socialist on BFMTV on Monday, estimating that the professor is "a great researcher" who "deserves respect for all ".

"Let us equip ourselves with this tool, I am convinced that it will have an echo in local authorities, in the department, in the metropolis, in the region. (...) I know that the mayor will be keen to organize that, to chair this committee if everyone agrees, ”added Benoît Payan.

Why is he criticized?

LR president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region Renaud Muselier, for his part, deplored in a press release a "confounding factor".

"I recall that there already exist, at the national level as well as at the local level, 10 competent authorities" in health matters, he added: "In this crisis, each of these structures has its own expertise. and a role to play. Adding a purely Marseilles' thing to it can only add confusion and cacophony to an already disturbing disorder ".

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