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Macron deconfines France over low heat

From Saturday, France will see some of the restrictions lifted. And even if the President of the Republic reopens shops and offers more freedom of movement, each resumption of covid infection or the surge in the number of hospitalizations could call everything into question.

From Saturday, France will see some of the restrictions lifted. And even if the President of the Republic reopens shops and offers more freedom of movement, each resumption of covid infection or the surge in the number of hospitalizations could call everything into question.

26 minutes to tell the French what it will be for the weeks and months to come. Emmanuel Macron took his time, Tuesday evening during a televised address, to explain what was going to change in the daily life of his 66 million fellow citizens in the days and weeks to come. Starting with this announcement: all shops will be able to welcome new customers from this Saturday, November 28 in the morning. A measure that will undoubtedly avoid another rush from border workers, French or Belgian, to Luxembourg …

“I know how great the expectation is and how much this contributes to our daily life in the life of our city centers”, underlined the Head of State, while the last weeks have been marked by intense pressure from elected officials. and professionals to reopen as the end of year holidays approach. The government even agrees that shops can stay open until 9 p.m., but each time according to “strict health protocols” that the president has not determined.

As in Luxembourg since All Saints’ Day, France is in turn preparing to live under curfew. It will be done from December 15th. But according to a stricter schedule than that applied in the Grand Duchy and over which the police watch: it will thus be forbidden to travel without a valid reason between 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.. And only the evenings of Christmas and New Year will be able to suffer from exceptions, but without possibilities these evenings of gatherings on the public highway.

While on Wednesday the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies is preparing to restrict activities (closed cafes-restaurants, prohibited sports practices, confined cinemas, casino stopped), France is therefore following the opposite path. Cinemas, theaters and museums may reopen on December 15, if the health situation allows.

And Macron has set the health goal: if the new contaminations remain around 5,000 daily cases and the number of people in intensive care between 2,500 and 3,000, then “the confinement can be lifted” on December 15. A date from which extra-curricular indoor activities will again be possible, while they can resume in full-day from the coming weekend.

Tuesday, during a videoconference with officials from the sports world, the President of the Republic had pleaded for this resumption of activities and sport for minors in December. This request also came from doctors who warn about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle among teens and children. For amateur athletes, on the other hand, an opening of sports halls is not scheduled before “January 20”, if the downward trend in the pandemic is confirmed.

Finally, concerning the anti-covid vaccination, Emmanuel Macron announced that it would not be compulsory. A statement echoing the choice put forward by the Luxembourg Prime Minister. On the other hand, unlike Xavier Bettel or Paulette Lenert who now predict the arrival of the first anti-covid doses for mid-December, the French president has left more margins. The campaign would start “from the end of December, beginning of January” for “the most fragile people”.

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