Draw a line on the end of year celebrations? “You can’t tell people there is no Christmas. It is untenable, ”agrees a minister. “But, echoed a government adviser, would the French understand that we are saying We will guarantee Christmas and that there is an explosion of contaminations behind? “Already hit in 2019 by the monster strike against the pension reform, this period so important in the collective imagination, but also in terms of economic issues, is this time by the second wave of the Covid epidemic -19. A new equation made up of “bad choices”, as a loyalist of President Emmanuel Macron said (already) on the eve of the reconfinement.
Thursday, Prime Minister Jean Castex only outlined the possibility “of a new reduction at the time of the Christmas holidays in order (to be able) to spend the end of the year holidays with the family”. A way of giving a perspective, however careful and fuzzy it may be. Also a way to encourage the French to respect life under certificates – in short, confinement – which will remain the rule after December 1.
“There will necessarily be restrictions”
“If we want to spend a Christmas with the family, everyone must take their responsibilities. This is not based on a decision by Emmanuel Macron, but on the attitude of each citizen. It’s a collective story ”, supports the Minister of Territorial Cohesion, Jacqueline Gourault. An invitation coupled with reinforced police checks at the express request of Jean Castex – to whom it had returned that they were insufficient – to Gérald Darmanin.
At the top of the state, we do not yet know under what conditions these holidays will take place. In addition to the cold factor, meals promote the spread of the virus. The Minister of Health Olivier Véran recalled this, citing the work of Pr Arnaud Fontanet, epidemiologist and influential member of the scientific council, during a recent meeting of ministers. On this point, Jean Castex is more afraid of the New Year celebrations than those, more family-oriented, of Christmas. In any event, waiting for a return to normal would be illusory. It is about, we advance in Matignon, “to make Christmas as acceptable as possible”. If one of the objectives is “to be able to lift travel restrictions before the holidays”, there will “necessarily be restrictions”.
A social cooking pot under surveillance
Up to what point will they be accepted? The Prime Minister observes the “weariness” of the French. Catholics thus began last Sunday to organize rallies to ask for the return of masses. As for the anger of traders, it is already rumbling: “We are trying to give them the clearest possible deadlines”, pleads the entourage of the Prime Minister, opening the door to possible reductions on December 1 for non-essential products.
What about those who, like restaurateurs, do not even have this horizon… This social pot is closely watched by the executive. “There are speeches and exchanges on social networks, with calls for rebellion, which may suggest that the risk is there. Traders, too, are opinion leaders, ”observes a police source. Admittedly, one underlines in chorus within the government, “Christmas is still far”. Too far to see clearly. If not on this point, sighs a minister: “It will be thorny. These are still problems before us. “
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