The government may have chosen firmness over the closure of bookstores, the opponents of this measure are not wavering. In a letter sent Monday to Emmanuel Macron, obtained from Le Parisien, the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, academician Erik Orsenna and television host François Busnel ask the head of state to reconsider his decision.
This initiative brings together an elected official who did not hide her criticisms of the concrete modalities of the reconfinement, a writer whom the president had charged with a mission on libraries and the presenter of the program “La grande librairie” on France 5, behind an online petition against the closure of bookstores.
Qualifying the books, these “national treasures”, of “essential goods”, the signatories ask for the “reopening” of the bookstores and a meeting with the Head of State to talk about it. In their letter, they underline that the French need “to see the horizon clear up and to form a body around the values which unite us and for which books are the best vectors of transmission”.
And to add: “With them we escape, we dream, we understand, we analyze, we build the future, we fight against received ideas, against conspiracy or false news”. In this period of tension, books are presented as “ramparts against obscurantism”.
Check out the letter below.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr