“It is not the state that strikes, but the virus”


Jean Castex during his press conference this Thursday.

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Jean Castex during his press conference this Thursday.

Curfews, private parties, state aid … The day after Emmanuel Macron’s announcements, the Prime Minister detailed on Thursday the measures of the state of health emergency.

After the big words, the modalities. The Prime Minister, Jean Castex, specified, this Thursday, the conditions for the implementation of the new health measures decided by the government, following Emmanuel Macron’s speech, Wednesday evening. In front of “A sudden, spectacular acceleration” of the epidemic, Jean Castex explained that this turn of the screw aimed at “Braking the epidemic [par] reduction of contacts and social interactions ”. Curfew, “This means that at 9 p.m., everyone should be at home”, recalled the Prime Minister. “It is not the state that strikes, but the virus”, insisted the Prime Minister, who says he understands “worry or even weariness “ the French. “I have to say it, I can share it”, blew the old “deconfinement sir”.

The curfew concerns Paris and the other seven departments of Ile-de-France, as well as the metropolitan areas of Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, Montpellier, Saint-Etienne, Aix-Marseille, Rouen and Grenoble. In these areas, however, certain trips will be authorized between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. “For health or professional reasons or to join transport (trains, planes, etc.)”, detailed Jean Castex. Or “If you have to go to a loved one in a situation of dependency or to walk their pet”. Or a night confinement similar to the daytime confinement of last spring.

Each trip must be accompanied by a certificate, which can be downloaded by phone or written on plain paper. The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, has also specified that ignoring the curfew would be punishable by a fine of 135 euros. In the event of three repeated offenses, the fine will increase to 3,750 euros and the offender will risk six months’ imprisonment. To enforce the curfew, “12,000 police officers will be specially responsible for checks”, added Gérald Darmanin. In the rest of the territory, “The prefects will continue to adapt the rules” depending on the health context, ”said Jean Castex. Besides, “All private parties, such as weddings or student parties, will be prohibited” in . The rule of one in two seats in places welcoming seated public – stadiums, cinemas, conference rooms – will remain in force. These rules will apply for a period of four weeks.

A small gesture for caregivers

After the halt to the French economy by the spring containment, the government also announced a series of economic measures. “We will be led to strengthen and extend the support mechanisms”, explained Jean Castex. “Everything that needs to be done will be done”, insisted Bruno Le Maire. As a remake of “Whatever it costs” presidential march. The solidarity fund will be restored for all companies with fewer than 50 employees, regardless of their sector of activity, in curfew zones. All businesses closed administratively will benefit from a total exemption from employers’ social contributions. Direct state loans for the most troubled companies will also be extended until June 30, 2021. For her part, without going through a legal obligation, the Minister of Labor has encouraged greater recourse to teleworking. Elisabeth Borne asked companies to “Set a minimum number of days for teleworking per week, for positions which allow it”, and spread out arrival times. The new protocol should be known early next week.

In the midst of a day of action by nursing staff to demand more resources, Jean Castex announced the payment of compensation for annual leave not taken, ranging from 110 to 200 euros gross per month. And the government has decided to anticipate the sums decided during the health Ségur, in particular the revaluation of more than 200 euros per month for millions of caregivers. After a first installment paid from September, the second installment of increase of 93 euros per month, initially planned for next March, will finally be allocated before the end of the year.


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