Deconfinement, phase 2: Edouard Philippe will send a letter to the mayors

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Will Edouard Philippe take advantage of the reopening of the terraces in Paris to treat himself to a sandwich break not far from Matignon, as he sometimes had the opportunity before confinement? “Perhaps, most certainly. But not in the next few days, ”replied an adviser soberly. Because this Tuesday, June 2 promises to be another busy day for the Prime Minister and his government. With the entry into phase 2 of the deconfinement, the executive intends to closely monitor the correct application of the measures throughout France, “even if most of the preparatory work was done at the end of last week during the announcements ” “Now, it is rather the prefects and mayors who will have the upper hand,” said one.

History of ensuring this good transition, Edouard Philippe also took up the pen on Monday to write a letter, co-signed by the ministers Jacqueline Gourault (Cohesion of the territories), Gérald Darmanin (Action and public accounts), Sébastien Lecornu (Local authorities) and Secretary of State Olivier Dussopt (Civil Service), who, according to our information, will be sent to all mayors to explain the massive support of the State towards the municipalities.

“Falling numbers mean nothing”

During this period, the behavior of the French in parks and gardens, sports hall, restaurants and transport will be particularly closely scrutinized to avoid a resumption of the Covid-19 epidemic. “We remain quite vigilant, because the declining figures mean nothing,” insists the entourage of the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran. No one knows precisely at this stage what stopped the virus the most: physical distance in transport? The closing of bars and restaurants? This is why we are gradually deconfining.

A country “turned towards the future and economic recovery”

“We are entering a new moment. Of course, we must remain vigilant with regard to the epidemic which can start again at any time. But we also have to prove that the country is resolutely turned towards the future and the economic recovery, ”continues an adviser from Bercy.

The proof, Edouard Philippe invites Tuesday ten representatives of large international companies (among which the Bank of America, Solvay, Ericsson, FedEx, etc.) for a videoconference where it will be question i nvestments and attractiveness of the country, the same day when the Business France annual report must be presented. And the Prime Minister’s agenda will still be exclusively devoted to Covid-19 until the end of the week. Translation: no trip planned to Le Havre (Seine-Maritime), as part of the municipal second round campaign. “He is still 100% on the crisis”, returns an employee.


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