Macron speaks to the country this Wednesday and may announce reconfiguration

Macron's intervention will come after the ministerial crisis office has held two meetings and its prime minister, Jean Castex, has met today with party forces represented in parliament, associations of mayors and social partners.

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, will make a speech on Wednesday, broadcast on television, to announce measures to combat the advance of the pandemic of the new coronavirus, the services of the Presidency announced today.

Among these measures may be a new confinement of the population.

Macron's intervention will come after the ministerial crisis office has held two meetings and its prime minister, Jean Castex, has met today with party forces represented in parliament, associations of mayors and social partners.

The head of the government considered it “indispensable” to adopt new measures, less than two weeks after introducing a curfew to two thirds of the population, who was unable to stop the spread of the contagions.

"We have to mobilize national representatives and the country as a whole," wrote Castex on the social network Twitter, adding that on Thursday he will go to the two parliamentary chambers to defend the plan to stop the spread of the virus.

According to various media, the Gallic executive considers several hypotheses, among which a new confinement of the population gains weight, half a year after what was experienced in the country between last March and May.

Moving forward now, it would be less rigorous, keeping schools and other essential activities open.

Other possibilities are those of a local confinement, of some departments most affected, or a simple hardening of the curfew, an option that seems to be losing weight.

"We must expect difficult decisions," warned Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin today, referring to the new restrictions envisaged in Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic.

The circulation of the virus “is out of control”, estimated the infeciologist Gilles Pialoux, on the BFM-TV television station, explicitly calling for “reconfiguring the country”.

Employers' organizations have already warned of the risk that the economy will sink.

"If we totally reconfigure, as in March, we will sink the French economy and risk not recovering," warned the president of the employer organization Medef, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux.

However, the government indicated today that the homes of the elderly will, from the next few days, count on rapid tests of antigens to try to reduce the time of diagnosis and avoid outbreaks of contagion.

Minister Brigitte Bourguignon justified the novelty, as it is a necessary mechanism for making rapid diagnoses and “avoiding dangerous outbreaks in a second wave, which is being very strong”.

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