The explanatory sequences riddled with self-righteousness from the government seem to be repeated ad nauseam



Emmanuel Macron, February 25.


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Emmanuel Macron, February 25.

Emmanuel Macron plays very big and he knows it. He bet a few weeks ago that the epidemic would slowly ebb and that it was enough to grit our teeth and respect the barrier gestures and the curfew to hold out. Against the advice of many scientists and local elected officials, he refused to reconfigure the country in order to preserve the economy and the mental health of the French. Very well, both indeed need to be preserved. This strategy could have paid off if, at the same time, the vaccination campaign had been in full swing. There was then a way to offer a real horizon, to give the feeling that the situation was well managed, and that better days were really in sight. It’s just the opposite that happened: the English variant flames, getting an appointment to be vaccinated remains a long, very long obstacle course – even when you are 90 years old, even when you have an even comorbidities – and the explanatory sequences riddled with self-righteousness from the government seem to be repeated ad nauseam. In short, the French are tired of empty promises, contradictory speeches and administrative delays. And the prospect of a curfew at 6 p.m. accompanied by reconfinement at weekends in more and more points of the territory, which would essentially amount to preserving the working days and sacrificing all the moments of relaxation and of freedom as spring dawns on the horizon, drives more than one mad. While it is on a ridge line, between possible local tightening of health measures and the need to set a horizon for leaving the tunnel, the executive is no longer entitled to error. Because mistrust is rising in public opinion. And, even worse, anger. It remains contained for the moment, but it would take little for it to explode.

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