US News France: the Odeon theater occupied to request measures for culture

13:15  07 march  2021
13:15  07 march  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

From Paris to Nantes, the occupations of theaters spread

 From Paris to Nantes, the occupations of theaters spread © Denis Allard In the occupied Odeon theater, on March 4. “Spring is coming! Youth is here! She speaks and with her hope. Always." This afternoon, author and director Wajdi Mouawad expressed, in a statement, his support for the dozens of art school students occupying since Tuesday afternoon the national theater he directs - the Hill. “They are at home here. We will relay their messages and welcome them to the best of our ability until the end of their gesture.

Bandelores sur la façade du théâtre de l'Odéon, le 5 mars 2021. © AFP - BERTRAND GUAY Bandelores on the facade of the Odeon theater, March 5, 2021.

Theaters and cinemas closed, festival gauge revised downwards, or even non-renewal of the white year for intermittent workers. More than fifty people have occupied the Odéon theater in Paris for three days to denounce the lack of measures in favor of the cultural sector affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Culture sacrificed", "2 government disqualified 2", the banners float above the theater in front of which the crowd attends what is now called "2 the daily agora of the Odeon theater 2". 7 Nicole and Laurence, singer and actress came to show their support for the occupants 8: "8 We are also here to tell them that we are together. We haven't been able to work for months. We try to create in our corner, but we can no longer work 8, "says one. "8 The essence of performing arts is to be with others, and when we are told that culture continues, that is not true. Yes, we are worried, very worried 8 ", continues the other. 9 Bring the government out of its silence 9 Bruno Brochet is one of the occupants of the theater. Its goal is to get the government out of its deafening silence 8: "8 We are asking for the theaters to be reopened, we have no answer. We also have no answer on the evolution of intermittent status, over a blank year, over the length of the period of work stoppage. The point is to stay here to get the attention of the government, which for now is silent. We are in total contempt, we cannot do less 8 ”. The director and actor Nicolas Struve is also in the crowd and he fears a homogenization of the culture 8: "8 If the number of places and the possibilities to play are constantly reduced, quite simply the culture will become wiser . Culture fundamentally needs insolence 8 ". 9 The Minister of Culture went to the site 8 The Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot , went on Saturday March 6, in the evening, to the Odeon theater. “6 I understand the concerns, particularly about the aftermath of the White Year: they know, my objective is to continue to protect artistic employment as much as necessary. We will continue our 6 exchanges, ”the Minister tweeted. 8 The "6 white year

6" system for intermittent entertainment workers, introduced in May 2020, extends the duration of compensation for all intermittents until August 31, 2021. A mission has been set up by the Ministry of Culture to see the follow-up to be given to this device. Culture professionals are demanding its extension until August 2022.

9 Another gathering is scheduled for Sunday March 7, at 2 pm. 0

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© Marc Roger / Ouest-France A dose of AstraZeneca vaccine is prepared in Nantes on March 7, in an ephemeral vaccination center open for the weekend end in the Erdre room. More than 3.7 million French people had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of March 6. The vaccination campaign, at the heart of the government's strategy to emerge from the health crisis, saw a marked acceleration last week.

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