No real announcements, but all the same some novelties and several details. Jean Castex answered for about thirty minutes the questions of Europe 1, this Tuesday morning.
Covid-19 crisis, Christmas, cultural sector, referendum for the climate … The Prime Minister was questioned on a large number of subjects. Here is what to remember from his speech.
Restaurants “not certain” to reopen on January 20
Closed since October 30, will restaurants be able to welcome customers again on January 20? Jean Castex cannot “guarantee” it. “It will depend on how we spent the holiday season, which I have already said could be conducive to an accelerated circulation of the virus if we were not collectively responsible,” he said. .
When he announced this deadline of January 20 in his speech of November 24, Emmanuel Macron had already conditioned it on the improvement of the health situation.
Jean Castex also indicated that he was aware of the results of a study by the Institut Pasteur on the sites of contamination, the results of which have not yet been made public. The “restaurants” would be one of the most risky places.
However, he did not mention the bars or nightclubs, which for their part have no possible reopening date.
Possible to miss school Thursday and Friday
To protect themselves for a whole week before Christmas, the children can stay at home Thursday and Friday. “Whenever possible, especially if we have to host vulnerable people at Christmas, the Scientific Council said: if you can not take your children to school Thursday and Friday […], you do it “, Said Jean Castex, based on an opinion published Monday. These experts in charge of advising the government advocated self-isolation for a week and the use of tests before Christmas Eve.
Monday evening, the Ministry of National Education had already announced that a “tolerance” would be applied Thursday and Friday for student absences.
35 million aid for culture
The amount had already been advanced, but Jean Castex confirmed it once again. The Culture sector, which is one of the big losers from this deconfinement, will benefit from an extension of 35 million euros in aid. Museums, cinemas and theaters will ultimately not be able to reopen before January 7 at the earliest.
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“To all those involved in the world of culture, I am perfectly aware of the difficult but temporary measures that we are asking of them. We are going to help them overcome this period and prepare for their future ”, guaranteed Jean Castex. The head of government wanted to “pay special tribute” to the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot, who “fights like a lioness for the cultural sector”.
Regarding the date of January 7, the professionals “will work on it with the minister and see how, if the epidemiological conditions improve, we can then gradually consider their reopening”, he said.
The Prime Minister sought to appease the anger of many police officers, exasperated after the words of Emmanuel Macron on “police violence” and the announcement of an anti-discrimination platform.
“Police officers are the first victims of violence, by virtue of the profession they exercise. […] The government’s duty is to ensure their protection. Security is the president’s priority, ”he said, praising the“ 10,000 ”additional security forces during the Macron five-year term.
Climate referendum and postponement of elections
On the more institutional level, Jean Castex defended the referendum to include climate protection in article 1 of the Constitution, wanted by Emmanuel Macron. The Assembly and the Senate will be seized and they will first have to vote on the text in identical terms. “We will scrupulously respect our Constitution”, argued the Prime Minister, considering that appealing to citizens was “the epitome of democracy”.
Jean Castex also indicated that the bill recording the postponement of departmental and regional elections, initially scheduled for March, would be tabled next week. The health crisis would prevent the campaign from being organized in good conditions in the coming weeks. The former Minister of the Interior Jean-Louis Debré had suggested, after consulting all the political forces, to postpone the two elections until June.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr