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The Covid-19 epidemic has caused an additional 306 deaths in twenty-four hours in France, for a total of 25,201 deaths since 1er March, announced Monday evening May 4, the Directorate General of Health.

The new provisional deconfinement map planned from May 11, which synthesizes two indicators (active circulation of the virus and resuscitation capacities), remains unchanged from the previous day, with 32 “red” departments, 19 “orange “And 50” greens “. On May 7, only two categories will remain – green and red – which will determine the level of relaxation of the restrictions implemented since March 17. In this context, the very gradual deconfinement planned from May 11 is preparing, but many doubts and concerns remain.

  • Senators do not validate deconfinement plan

The Senate, with a right-wing majority, did not validate the government’s deconfinement strategy on Monday with one abstention “Massive” elected representatives of the Republicans (LR) and a vote against socialist and communist groups. Presented by the Prime Minister, this plan was approved by the National Assembly on April 28. These two votes, which have mainly a symbolic value, have no impact on the launch of deconfinement.

Deconfinement: government plan rejected by Senate

While some local elected officials contest the reopening of schools from May 11, Edouard Philippe underlined the “probable time bomb” that would constitute the “school dropout” and the “catastrophe” of closed schools for “most vulnerable” children and adolescents.

The Prime Minister also insisted on the “Social and economic cost” containment which “Tearing apart our social fabric” and “Aggravates the difficulties encountered by certain families, certain sectors, certain territories”. “Economic life must resume imperatively and quickly, with improvements, with good will”, he said.

Philippe also announced aid of 200 euros which will be paid to 800,000 young people under 25 “Precarious or modest”.

Edouard Philippe, at the National Assembly, April 29.
Edouard Philippe, at the National Assembly, April 29. LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP
  • Extension of the state of health emergency under review

The Senate also began, on Monday evening, the examination of the bill extending the state of health emergency, firmly decided to “Register essential guarantees” for deconfinement. This examination will continue on Tuesday afternoon and possibly in the evening. The text will then go to the National Assembly, for final adoption before the weekend.

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At first conciliatory in facing up to the epidemic, the Senate has now changed its tone, even posing the threat of a referral to the Constitutional Council if the question of the responsibility of local elected officials in the management of deconfinement was not resolved. Details of Monday’s exam:

– the senators have given their broad agreement to the system aimed at adjusting the criminal liability regime for employers, local elected officials and civil servants who will be called upon to take measures to overcome containment. The system adopted, against the advice of the government, provides that, during the state of health emergency, “No one can have criminal responsibility engaged” for contamination by the coronavirus, except in the case of deliberate intention, recklessness or neglect.

– they validated the date of July 10 retained by the commission for the end of the extension of the state of emergency, whereas the initial text of the government extended it until July 24.

– adopted an amendment aimed at excluding French people from overseas communities and territories from preventive placement in quarantine upon their arrival in France.

– rejected, after a long debate, an amendment to allow forced confinement in isolation in the event of repeated refusal of medical recommendations by an infected person or at risk of infection.

The controversial article 6 will be discussed in public Tuesday. It provides for the creation of a ” information system “, intended to identify those infected or likely to be infected, as well as those who have been in contact with them, in order to trace the chains of contamination.

Also read: the many challenges that the StopCovid tracking application must resolve by May 11
  • Macron visiting a school

In the obstacle course to the deconfinement of May 11, Emmanuel Macron goes, Tuesday morning, to a school in Poissy (Yvelines) to try to reassure the fears of elected officials and teachers, in the company of the Minister of Education, Jean -Michel Blanquer. There are many questions, particularly in the Paris region where most of the elected officials refuse to reopen the schools next week.

Some 329 mayors of Ile-de-France, including the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, wrote Sunday to President Macron to ask him to postpone the reopening of schools to a later date, denouncing a deconfinement “Forced march”.

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