The announcement Thursday, December 10 of a further postponement of the reopening of theaters by Prime Minister Jean Castex, had the effect of a cold shower for the entertainment world. He planned to shout his anger in the streets Tuesday, December 15 throughout France against this decision to extend the closure of cultural places.
Ready to reopen on December 15 as hoped for when the second confinement was announced at the end of October, cinemas, theaters and museums once again saw their hopes dashed by Prime Minister Jean Castex. The latter announced last Thursday that, in the face of persistent epidemic pressure “which lasts longer than we would have liked“, they should remain closed again until January 7 at least.
The mobilization will take place at a time when unions and artists are preparing to submit a “referred freedom“, an emergency procedure before the highest administrative jurisdiction in the country, the Council of State. The call to support this appeal has been relayed by several hundred directors of theaters and companies across France.
The CGT spectacle, which denounces an unprecedented destruction “the volume of activity and employment for our sectors“, calls on the world of entertainment, cinema and audiovisual to join the gathering”sound and protest ” Tuesday at noon on the Place de la Bastille in Paris and everywhere in France, against the “government yoyo policy“.
The actors Jacques Weber, Audrey Bonnet and François Morel for their part called to protest Tuesday, December 15 at 6.30 p.m. “At the very hour when we should have reopened our doors, we will be on the sidewalk, in the street, in front of the Théâtre de l’Atelier” to express “disgust“and”anger“facing” l‘absurdity“decisions taken by the government.
“We are not rebels. We are not revolutionaries. We are not agitators. We are not crazy, we are not oblivious“, indicates the press release from the theater.”In return, we just ask to be treated with respect, intelligence and good judgment.“The text considers that the extension of the closure is”a real attack on our values and illustrates a deep contempt for the cultural and artistic sector as we reach a peak in terms of inconsistency“.
“While the shopping centers welcome thousands of people almost without constraints, stimulated by Black Friday or promotional operations linked to the end of the year celebrations, the theaters, where, however, all health measures are scrupulously respected and where no cluster individual has not been spotted, must remain closed“, adds the press release.
For its part, the Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil and Le Méliès, who support the initiative, call on spectators to form Tuesday at 6 pm “on the Jean-Jaurès square (from Montreuil) a symbolic queue respectful of safety distances and barrier gestures, to demand the reopening of places of culture.“