World Confinement at weekends: the fate of the twenty departments under surveillance studied by the Defense Council
Will Merrick Garland reject lawless surveillance?
When the Senate Judiciary Committee begins its hearing for Judge Merrick Garland's nomination as attorney general on Monday, the nominee will likely face a sympathetic audience. Democrats will be delighted to see a spurned nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court being rewarded with the leadership of the Department of Justice. Republicans, despite shunning Garland’s Supreme Court nomination, are impressed by his even-handed handling of cases from the bench. © Provided by Washington Examiner Senators in both parties, however, should not fail to use this hearing as an opportunity to extract promises of transparency about the state of government surveillance.
Decisive day. While thelast Thursday because of the circulation of , a Health Defense Council is being held this Wednesday, after consultations with local elected officials. The restrictions could be tightened, especially in the cities of Lyon, Marseille or even Paris, like the coast of the Alpes-Maritimes or Dunkirk, which experienced this weekend a first localized confinement, from Friday 6 p.m. to Monday. 6 hours. Prime Minister Jean Castex is expected to speak on Thursday, according to the executive, and announce measures that could come into force on March 6.
Covid-19: 20 departments placed in "enhanced surveillance"
Jean Castex spoke Thursday at a press conference while several departments see red in the face of covid-19. © Stephane De Sakutin / Pool via REUTERS The epidemic situation "is very worrying" in ten departments, Gabriel Attal, government spokesman, said on Wednesday.
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Several scenarios considered. In these twenty departments under "enhanced surveillance", several options are on the table: weekend confinement with the return of the derogatory certificate (outings authorized for one hour within a radius of five kilometers, for races or even medical travel), closure of parks and gardens, lowering of the level of shops, closure of areas of more than 5,000 square meters or more than 10,000 square meters, ban on certain streets or quays frequented. These different measures may or may not be cumulative depending on the epidemic circulation indicators examined at a local level: incidence rate, proportion of variants, trajectory of acceleration and filling of intensive care beds.
Covid-19: in Paris, the idea of a three-week reconfinement divides
Your browser does not support this video While the Prime Minister spoke on Thursday evening of a "worrying" epidemic situation in Île-de-France , the mayor of Paris is preparing to propose to the government a three-week confinement in the capital in order to "have the prospect of reopening everything" at its end. The idea was freshly received, especially by the executive. On the side of the executive, Anne Hidalgo's proposal was freshly received.
No preferred option. According to the executive, no hypothesis is for the moment privileged, but BFM-TV or Liberation evoke as a serious track a confinement of Ile-de-France on weekends. As the anniversary of the first lockdown draws near, government spokesman Gabriel Attal admitted on Tuesday that it was "very difficult" for the French to live with repeated restrictions.. On the other hand, an easing in the territories where the epidemic circulates little is not envisaged either. "The time has not come to send signals of relief", declared the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, during the meeting of the LREM group in the Assembly, quoted by Le Parisien / Today in France .
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Consultations with local elected officials. In Ile-de-France, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, affirmed his opposition to a containment of the capital on weekends, wishing on the contrary access of the population to public spaces. The president (ex-LR) of the Ile-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse, would not be closed to this option if the curfew is removed or postponed after 6 p.m., according to the president of Yvelines, Pierre Bedier, quoted by the Ile-de-France daily. According to the mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine Jean-Christophe Fromantin, there would be a consensus on keeping "open air spaces […] because there is a form of saturation". On BFM-TV, Renaud Muselier, president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, said he was not in favor of confinement in Marseille for the weekend.
Reconfining Paris for three weeks? The town hall specifies the outlines of its "proposal"
Open schools, gauge in shops to be reviewed, all the Ile-de-France concerned ... We are beginning to see more clearly on the confinement that could be established in Paris, if the recommendations of Anne Hidalgo, the mayor (PS) of the capital, are retained by the state. Thursday evening, Emmanuel Grégoire announced, to everyone's surprise, that she intended to ask the prefecture to put the city under the bell for three weeks.
Containment requested. The prefect of Pas-de-Calais has proposed to the government a containment of the department for the next three weekends, after a meeting Tuesday with local elected officials. A measure that will be presented to the Health Defense Council and which responds to the deterioration of the situation, mentioned in particular in the columns of the Voix du Nord: the incidence rate has fallen in a few days from 269 to more than 400 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
First feedback. After the entry into force of local confinements on the coast of the Alpes-Maritimes and in the Dunkirk conurbation, the time has already come for a first assessment. Monday, the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes Bernard Gonzales mentioned some figures and congratulated the civic-mindedness of the population. On nearly 22,000 police and gendarmerie checks this weekend, only 1,200 reports were drawn up, or a little more than 5% of people in violation, evokes Europe 1. The incidence rate would be 617 per 100,000 inhabitants against 627 per 100,000 inhabitants on February 24. A trend to be confirmed. According to La Voix du Nord, the instructions were well respected in the North.
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Sweeping reform over the last year has largely been elusive. Congress is limited in what it can impose on local police departments, even if it found the political will. Federal legislators were unable to agree on change last summer, when attention was greatest and calls for reform the loudest. A loud chorus calls for changeTaylor died on March 13, 2020, as states across the country were asking residents to comply with stay-at-home orders, shutting down businesses and discouraging travel.