France is falling apart, culture in the streets

    France is falling apart, culture in the streets

    Bis repetita: France comes out of a second confinement on Tuesday which will give way to a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., except for Christmas Eve, against a backdrop of tension with the world of culture.

    Prime Minister Jean Castex will be the guest of radio Europe 1 at 8.15 a.m.

    After a month and a half of restrictions, the French will again be able to travel throughout the national territory and without certificate (unless they travel during the curfew for imperative reasons, including work).

    Faced with a health crisis whose exit is much more difficult than expected, with indicators (new cases, hospitalizations, etc.) that have stagnated for several days, a strict curfew ranging from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. will take precedence. containment relay.

    The only exception: travel will be authorized on Christmas night, although French people are recommended not to meet “more than six adults at a time”. On the other hand, it will be necessary to stay at home on December 31, because New Year’s Eve “concentrates all the ingredients for an epidemic rebound”, Jean Castex explained last week.

    – Culture calls for protest –

    Despite airs of deja vu, this deconfinement is very different from that of last May. This time, theaters, performance halls, cinemas, museums, or even stadium stands, will remain closed, at least until January 7.

    A decision justified by the fact “to avoid increasing the flows, the concentrations, the mixing of public”, but which provoked the anger of the world of culture.

    Professionals and unions in the world of culture denounce the killing of the sector and demand the reopening of all cultural places: to make themselves heard, they organize several gatherings throughout France.

    In Paris, the meeting was fixed at noon Place de la Bastille by the CGT Spectacle, which calls on employees of the entertainment, cinema and audiovisual industries to denounce the “government yoyo policy”.

    Another gathering at the end of the day is planned in front of the Théâtre de l’Atelier (in Montmartre), on the initiative of the actors Jacques Weber, Audrey Bonnet and François Morel.

    A fight which is also carried out in front of the courts: unions and artists announced to seize the Council of State, via a “freedom summary”, an emergency procedure, as the professionals of the restoration have been able to do in recent weeks, or well the ski sector.

    A call to support this appeal has also been relayed by several hundred directors of theaters and companies across France.

    – Massive screening –

    On the epidemic front, the figures are stagnating.

    If the new positive cases of Covid-19 have fallen to 3,063 over 24 hours according to the figures published on Monday, it should be remembered that this indicator experiences a low at the start of the week due to the closure of laboratories on Sunday. The day before, the number of cases exceeded 11,000, well beyond the target of 5,000 daily cases set by the executive.

    The number of patients in intensive care (the most serious cases) was 2,896 on Monday, against 2,861 on Sunday. And hospitals had 25,449 patients with Covid-19, some 200 more than the day before.

    At the start of the week, France embarked on a massive screening strategy targeting four agglomerations, which began with Le Havre (Seine-Maritime) and Charleville-Mézières (Ardennes). Two other territories will follow in January: Roubaix (North) and Saint-Etienne (Loire).

    On the economy side, the Banque de France forecasts that the country will take a little longer than expected to erase the effects of the crisis, with a recovery in activity which will be gradual in 2021, after the historic shock suffered this year. The economy should not return to its pre-crisis level until mid-2022, says the Banque de France, which is based on the hypothesis of a continuation of the epidemic, before a widespread deployment of vaccines at the end of 2021.

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