From this Friday evening at midnight, the curfew will come into force in eight French metropolises and in Île-de-France to fight against Covid-19. And it is that of Aix-Marseille which seems to have the most difficulty in accepting this measure. Several elected officials are even up against the government, because within this metropolis of 92 municipalities, everyone is housed in the same boat, even the smallest villages. “They do not realize the implication of what their decisions will have on the whole of France. We are devastated!” Reacts the mayor Les Républicains d’Aix-en-Provence Maryse Joissains, Friday on Europe 1.
“This measure hits in the wrong places”
The chosen one is undoubtedly the one who has the harshest words against the decision. She speaks of “amateurism” and “improvisation”. “We have students working in restaurants to make ends meet. A whole economy of little people,” she laments.
Maryse Joissains is far from being the only angry city councilor. The environmentalist mayor of Marseille, Michèle Rubirola, a doctor by profession, also openly criticizes the curfew. “How can you not be angry when you think that this measure is hitting in the wrong places and will not solve the root cause? Regardless, the abandonment of the public hospital for years is it which is deplorable “, indignant the elected official at the microphone of Europe 1.
“How do you want the population to receive this?”
Very upset too, the mayors of small towns in the metropolis do not agree to undergo the curfew. “In a small, rural, forest town, where there is no case of Covid, how do you expect the population to receive that? How can we be so close to reality and everyday life?”, Regrets Georges Cristiani , mayor of Mimet.
The bitterness is such that elected officials now question the very existence of the Metropolis.