The government has “not told the truth” on the masks, said on Monday the deputy LR Eric Ciotti while judging that for lack of tests and masks “for everyone”, to speak about deconfinement at this stage is “a serious error “
“Why is there no wearing of masks in our country? Because we do not have the masks, “the orders” were not made early enough, “said the deputy at the microphone of Europe 1.
“In a crisis you need transparency”
“The government is clear, from January […] did not tell the truth. The government should have said that we do not have these masks rather than spreading messages that were wrong, “as to say that the masks are” useless “or” dangerous “which is” an absolute untruth “, he said. -he adds.
The government changed its position on Friday by announcing the manufacture of “alternative” masks, other than medical.
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“Today, we see this reversal of speech, but in a crisis we need transparency,” continued the elected official who is one of the Assembly’s fact-finding mission vice-presidents .
“We are not ready for this deconfinement”
“If we had been responsible, I have the weakness to believe that the orders for masks and this situation would have been better anticipated,” he continued, noting that “when Nicolas Sarkozy left the presidency of the Republic , there were 1.4 billion masks in France ”.
For the member for Alpes-Maritimes, the government spoke “too quickly, too soon, too recklessly” of deconfinement.
“We are not ready for this deconfinement” because we need “two preliminary steps” which are “far from being there”: having generalized tests and “masks for everyone”.
In this context, talking about deconfinement is “a serious error”, he judged, saying “very clearly” in favor of a continued confinement beyond April 15.
The day before, the boss of deputies LR Damien Abad had also judged that the word deconfinement had been pronounced “too early” and asked the government to “clarify its doctrine” on the masks.