The examination of the appeal against the closure of bars and restaurants in Marseille and Aix postponed to Wednesday

The appeal was filed by LR president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte D’Azur region, Renaud Muselier, and about twenty other parties, against the total closure for two weeks.


Since Sunday, bars and restaurants have been closed in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.
Since Sunday, bars and restaurants have been closed in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP

While the decision was expected on Tuesday, it is finally Wednesday that the administrative court of Marseille will examine the appeal filed by President LR of the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region Renaud Muselier. The latter is opposed to the prefectural decree ordering the total closure for two weeks of bars and restaurants in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.

The deliberation is expected this Wednesday at 3 p.m., confirmed the Union pour les entreprises des Bouches-du-Rhone (UPE13) at Figaro. UPE13 is one of the 23 parties who joined Renaud Muselier in filing his appeal against the closure decision announced last Wednesday by Olivier Véran. The Minister of Health had then justified this choice by the passage of the Aix-Marseille metropolis, like Guadeloupe, in a zone of “maximum alert”, that is to say where the incidence rate is greater than 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Attack on “fundamental freedoms”

And the debates are announced “Tense” Wednesday, according to an internal source, the opponents being intransigent about the suspension of the prefectural decree. According to them, the state infringes “Serious and manifestly illegal” to their “fundamental freedoms”, indicates the appeal, adding that “In the event that the Court […] would consider it useful for police measures to be taken against restaurants and drinking establishments in the municipalities of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille ”, they ask that either “Ordered the Prefect of Bouches-du-Rhône, to define new appropriate police measures and strictly proportionate to the health risk incurred, with the support of local authorities and representative institutions requesting”.

In an attempt to defuse the anger of professionals in the region, Olivier Véran had organized a meeting with local elected officials on Friday. In vain. Protests flare up on both sides and misunderstanding reigns among restaurateurs and elected officials. However, the latter had obtained that the prefectural decree only applies from Sunday instead of Saturday, as was initially planned. They now hope to allow restaurateurs to reopen their establishments


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