Édouard Philippe is expected to have on the first few tracks of the déconfinement

Édouard Philippe attendu sur les premières pistes du déconfinement

Three weeks of déconfinement, Édouard Philippe’s book on Sunday his first tracks to a crisis which promises to be extraordinarily complex, at the time the balance sheet of the epidemic of the COVID-19 in France is close to 20 000 dead.

Even if the number of hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units are declining for a number of days, the balance sheet remains very heavy, with 19 323 dead according to the last balance-sheet on Saturday night, of which 642 more deaths in 24 hours.

These figures should lead the prime minister to recall first Sunday from 17: 30 the compelling need to comply with containment is strict until 11 may, the sine qua non of the gradual lifting of the restrictions.

The authorities fear a loosening of the approach of the bridges of may after nearly two months of life under the bell. However France remains “always at an exceptional level, much higher than the maximum usual” bed capacity of the intensive care unit, recalls the Directorate-general of Health (DGS). Saturday, they were still 5833 patients in a ” csr “, well in excess of 5000 beds available before the start of the crisis.

The “good news” such as those from the Great eastern, where a part of the field hospital of the armies deployed at the foot of the civil hospital of Mulhouse, france started to be dismantled, should not make us forget that the epidemic could soar again. “Do not lose heart in our efforts at the time the containment is bearing fruit,” insists the DGS.

No major announcement is expected at the statement of the prime minister. For Édouard Philippe, it is first to draw up a detailed of the situation, alongside the minister of Health Olivier Véran, the director-general of Health Jerome Solomon and professor Florence Ader, infectious diseases physician at the hospital of the Croix-Rousse in Lyon, before answering questions from the press.

Colossal challenge

“I said that I would present at regular intervals the results of our strategy in the face of the COVID-19, the difficulties that we may continue to meet,” recalled the prime minister had already delivered there three weeks to this exercise of pedagogy, deemed successful by the executive.

But, while the plan of déconfinement entrusted to the high official, Jean Castex, is expected by the end of the month, Édouard Philippe has promised to mention ” the trails of the future and the preparation of the exit from the crisis “.

Reopening of schools, resumption of public transport, return to work of millions of French: the challenge promises to be huge for best to negotiate the phasing out of a phase of judgment, which has plunged the country into the worst recession since the second world war, according to the minister of the Economy.

The crisis due to the coronavirus should bring down the French GDP, of “at least 8 per cent” this year, reminds the governor of the Bank of France, François Villeroy de Galhau said in an interview with Journal du dimanche.

The exercise of explanation of the prime minister must also allow you to de-mine the various controversies which accompany the government. Emmanuel Macron has cut itself short as soon as Friday to that relating to the seniors, calling not to “discriminate” by extending their confinement beyond the 11 may.

The head of the State is very big on this déconfinement that it announced last Monday. “It will be Macron to the final whistle “in this” game against death ” in the face of coronavirus, believes the ex-minister and parton of the OM Bernard Tapie.


Because the “trappings” are still numerous, in a climate of distrust widespread in the face of the public speech. Only 46% of French people trust the government to ” face the crisis “, according to an Ifop poll for the Journal du Dimanche, an increase of eight points but still in the minority.

The issue of masks for the general public, at the centre of criticism, remains a priority for many French people, in the expectation of a clear set of guidelines.

In a letter which AFP has obtained a copy, the main transport operators (SNCF, RATP, Transdev, UTP, Keolis…) have requested the prime minister to make the mask mandatory not only in transport but in all the public places where social distancing is not possible.

Édouard Philippe, and Olivier Véran should also specify the mechanism of screening and monitoring of new cases, whereas the countries that have the best in fighting the epidemic have heavily tested their population.

The criticisms also relate to the army after the discovery of one of the last “cluster” of contamination on the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.

The final figures announced Saturday are state of 1046 sailors of the aircraft carrier tested positive, about 1760. Two surveys, a command, and epidemiological, have been conducted on the management of the crisis, on the one hand, the process of contamination of the building on the other hand.

The procedures have been followed but without doubt, with the benefit of hindsight, were not sufficient, ” admitted general François Lecointre, chief of staff of the armed forces, in a rare appearance Saturday night at 20: 00 from TF1.

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