August 1, 2021

why the executive has lowered its ambitions

After the announcement of the turn of the screw, place for practical work. The Council of Ministers adopted, Monday, July 19, the bill strengthening health measures in an attempt to counter the “Fourth wave” which is sweeping over France, said government spokesman Gabriel Attal at the end of this meeting. In an alarmist tone, he spoke of an unprecedented rise in the virus “Since the start of the epidemic”, under the effect of the Delta variant, which now represents 80% of contaminations.

To try to contain the“Explosion of cases” and avoid a new saturation of hospitals, this new text integrates the vaccination obligation of caregivers and extends the health pass, two measures presented by President Emmanuel Macron a week earlier. While the examination of the bill begins Tuesday in Parliament, the use of the health pass must be extended, the next day, at the entrance to all places of leisure and culture bringing together more than 50 people. Before being extended to restaurants, cafes and long-distance transport “From the beginning of August, when the law will be promulgated”, confirmed Mr. Attal.

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If the Council of State validated the main part of the bill, the government was however forced to amend its copy, in order to comply with the opinion of the highest administrative court. Several passages of the text having been clarified, or even quite simply rebutted. In particular, the obligation to present the health pass in large shopping centers. While the executive had proposed to limit it to those over 20,000 m2, the Council of State did not retain this provision, on the grounds that access “Basic necessities, especially food”, must be guaranteed. “This measure is a disproportionate attack on freedoms”, according to him.

Without ignoring this opinion, however, the government intends to maintain the requirement to present a health pass in some malls. His spokesman said he had been “Decided to adapt the wording of this measure in the bill”. If, in “A pool of life”, a person can buy ” essential products “ elsewhere than in a shopping center of more than 20,000 m2, this establishment may be subject to the use of the health pass. And if there is only this mall, it will not be, said Attal. It remains to be seen what the government means by a “Pool of life”… A mechanism judged “Extremely complicated” by representatives of supermarkets. Finding the right formulation remains “The most annoying point”, agrees an executive adviser.

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