If the most spectacular announcement of the President of the Republic during his interview concerned the curfew, he also mentioned other measures. Before the intervention of the president, the government restored by decree the state of health emergency, which ended on July 10, from October 17 at midnight throughout the national territory, “So that measures strictly proportionate to the health risks incurred can be taken”. This regime provides a legal framework for controlling certain restrictions going as far as confinement.
“We are going to adopt a strategy where we will be able to drastically reduce the delays” to better “follow” the circulation of the virus, declared the Head of State. He indicated that this would involve new techniques, such as antigenic tests, which have been authorized by the High Authority for Health (HAS), and which promise results. “In 15 to 30 minutes”. “We must gradually move towards a strategy throughout our country: test, alert protect. This is the key to the strategy that we must ramp up throughout the month of November and December ”, he said.
Recipients of RSA and housing allowances will have “exceptional assistance during the 6 weeks that come from 150 euros plus 100 euros per child”, announced the President. He agreed that for “the most precarious who fall into poverty, we must have an answer”. “So what we are going to do, because it is the largest and most effective system, is for the beneficiaries of RSA and APL – which suddenly affects all young people very widely, the 18/25 years old – to have exceptional assistance, during these next 6 weeks, of 150 euros plus 100 euros per child. This will allow to go between 100 and 450 euros, which is more than a revaluation ”, he continued. However, he ruled out a perennial increase in the RSA, recalling that he wanted us “not to lose our fundamentals, the fight against poverty through activity and work”. In the columns of Liberation, this Wednesday, Christophe Robert, of the Abbé-Pierre Foundation, and Laurent Berger, of the CFDT, demanded an increase in the CSA of at least one hundred euros.
No restrictions in transport
The curfew will not be accompanied by transport restrictions or travel limits between regions, reassured the President of the Republic. These measures will not prevent people from going on All Saints’ Day holidays which begin on Friday evening. “We have it until the summer of 2021 at least with this virus, all scientists are clear,” Macron warned. To ask people to stay confined to an apartment and not to go to a vacation spot would be disproportionate. ”
Telework and private life
It is especially in the private sphere that Emmanuel Macron hopes to see mentalities change, asking the French “not to be more than six at the table” in private meetings. It is necessary “Put on the mask as much as possible, including with family or friends”, he recommended. He also recommended “Two to three days of teleworking per week” in companies where this is possible, to “Reduce the collective pressure a little”: “This must also be negotiated in the branches and as closely as possible in the company.” Since the end of confinement, employers are however reluctant to allow teleworking.
Aid for sectors in difficulty
Emmanuel Macron has promised additional aid to economic sectors that will be affected by the curfew, such as restaurants, theaters, cinemas and events. A new list of professions representing 75,000 additional companies will benefit from this fund of up to 10,000 euros per month, beyond the 150,000 companies that were already eligible, the Minister of the Economy announced last week. Bruno Le Maire. After the interview with the President of the Republic, the President of the Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises (CPME) François Asselin felt that this list should be further expanded.
A new StopCovid application
After the failure of its first version, it will be relaunched on October 22 under the name of “Tous anti-Covid”. The StopCovid app “Did not work (…). We failed to make the app a tool for people, agreed the Head of State. “It will be an application (…) where there will be information: how the virus circulates, where you are, where are the points to be tested (…). So there will be general information, more specific and local information ”, detailed the President of the Republic. The government also wants to make “With our restaurateurs, with all the cafeterias (…) all the professionals, a tool to better alert, trace” in order to “identify the sources of contamination, trace them and prevent”, he stressed. StopCovid, in its current form, has been installed more than 2.6 million times since the start of June, significantly fewer than the UK and German apps, downloaded 16 and 18 million times respectively.