Curfew: “The Scientific Council has lost the monopoly of speech”

INTERVIEW – How, in a health sector saturated with organizations, do we urgently come to create bodies that will take the most important decisions of the turn of the century? This is what four researchers sought to analyze in the book Covid-19: an organizational crisis.

Meeting at the Élysée on March 24, 2020.
Meeting at the Élysée on March 24, 2020. Ludovic Marin / POOL / AFP

Life goes on. There is no reason, except for vulnerable populations, to change our exit habits “. On March 6, Emmanuel Macron went to the theater and called not to “ to depart from common sense ”In the face of the coronavirus epidemic. Ten days later, general confinement was declared.

Why such a rush, for an unprecedented measure with unknown consequences? How could it be presented as the only possible choice by a Scientific Council created five days earlier, and legalized after the fact? After forty or so interviews with key players in the crisis, four sociologists, including Henri Bergeron, research director at the CNRS, come back to the book. Covid-19, an organizational crisis on the mechanisms at work in one of the political decisions “The most important of the last 50 years”, during the first wave. And this, at a time when a curfew is imposed on several large metropolitan cities.


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