In order to control the current health crisis, the executive could announce the implementation of the measure, nationally or locally.
“Today we must take extremely draconian measures in terms of the constraint of society.” Like Professor Xavier Lescure, infectious disease specialist at Bichat Hospital (AP-HP) in Paris interviewed by BFMTV, more and more health professionals are alarming about the health situation in France, in particular the saturation of some resuscitation services. Latest: the director general of the AP-HP, Martin Hirsch, who alerted this Tuesday morning in The Parisian on a possible 90% occupancy of resuscitation beds Île-de-France by Covid patients by the end of October.
An “intermediate” measure
So, on the eve of the Emmanuel Macron’s highly anticipated speechWednesday evening, many questions arise as to the content of the intervention of the President of the Republic. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal stressed on Monday that additional restrictive measures were to be expected. And among the tools made available to the executive is, among others, the curfew.
“It is the somewhat intermediate level between the terrible measure of reconfinement, which the government wants to avoid at all costs, and then the level of measures which have been in force in some large cities for a few days. All these measures have not allowed to stop this second wave of Covid “, underlines Bruno Jeudy, political columnist for BFMTV.
For his part, Alain Ducardonnet, health consultant for BFMTV, recalls that the health authorities have issued this hypothesis of a curfew for several weeks.
“We know that the scientific council recommended this curfew as of September 22. What is the objective? Reduce the movement of individuals, in particular nocturnal parties, of the under 40s. It also has a psychological effect, the curfew it evokes a little war. It already corresponds to what is happening in Guyana, and it seems to give favorable results, “he explains.
Young people in the sights
Thus, if this measure is indeed applied, it would target in particular the youngest classes, more and more affected by the disease. Guest on BFMTV on Monday, Aurélien Rousseau, director general of ARS Île-de-France, stressed that the incidence rate in Paris for 20-29 year olds exceeds 800 cases per 100,000 individuals. The alert threshold is set at 50 cases per 100,000.
But despite the urgency, the establishment of a curfew remains delicate.
“It’s a very strong measure, symbolically charged, which is not easy to implement from the point of view of the law. And then of course a curfew at 5 p.m., 9 p.m. or 11 p.m. would not have the same impact. on the population and the economic fabric of the cities concerned “, underlines Elisa Bertholomey, political journalist of BFMTV.
The curfew already used locally
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, several municipalities have already implemented a curfew on their territory. This was the case from March in Colombes in the Hauts-de-Seine, where residents could no longer go out between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., but also in Mulhouse, city hard hit by the disease. Most of these decrees are municipal decrees, but in some cases, the prefects can also implement the measure.
Also internationally, several curfews have been implemented. In August, the city of Melbourne in Australia had decided to confine its citizens between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Similar measures have just been implemented in Antwerp and Berlin.