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Human lives and economic survival


DECRYPTION – Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed it on Wednesday evening: the health of the French comes first.

In a Bordeaux café, Wednesday evening.
In a Bordeaux café, Wednesday evening. PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP

“Human lives first”, slipped at the beginning of the week Emmanuel Macron to one of his close friends. The Head of State reaffirmed it on Wednesday evening: the health of the French comes first, and the epidemic situation has become such that strong measures must be taken. However, some lessons from the first confinement seem to have been taken: schools will remain open and visits to nursing homes possible.

At least teleworking employees will not have to juggle grammar homework and customer records; at least our dependent seniors will not die of a terrible imposed loneliness … As for economic life, the Head of State balances: non-essential businesses will have to close but we will have to continue to consume, we will have to work but stay at home as much as possible.

To justify his decision to reconfine the French, the Head of State engaged in a simple calculation: to let the epidemic slip away, that would be to accept “More than 400,000 dead” of the coronavirus.

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