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The French president will specify on Friday the schedule for the lifting of health restrictions in France. Prime Minister Jean Castex has already indicated that the curfew will be lifted from June 2.

The French president will specify on Friday the schedule for the lifting of health restrictions in France. Prime Minister Jean Castex has already indicated that the curfew will be lifted from June 2.

(AFP) Will the French be able to find their way back to the terraces in May? Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, is expected to make his decision known on Friday. Prime Minister Jean Castex has already announced at a press conference on Wednesday that the exit would be “gradual as the vaccination campaign unfolds”.

While France has been subject to a third confinement since the beginning of March, the lifting of the restrictions should therefore be done in stages. The Prime Minister thus indicated that the traffic restrictions will be lifted on May 3 and that the curfew should end on June 2. Either in a little over a month.

On the other hand, the fate of restaurateurs and places of culture remains unknown for the moment. In recent days, the government has simply mentioned a gradual reopening of “non-essential” businesses.

Jean Castex explained that the epidemic situation continued “to improve at a regular rate”: the number of daily cases rose on average weekly from 38,000 cases at the height of this third wave to 26,200 very precisely over the last seven days.

Last week, the prefect of Moselle Laurent Thouvet was particularly pleased with the “marked improvement” of the situation in this department, whose number of infections is among the highest in France. For her part, Marie-Odile Saillard, director of the CHR of Metz-Thionville, had indicated that “19 beds” reserved for covid patients were “available” out of the 195 of the neighboring department in Luxembourg.

At the same time, the vaccination campaign in France is progressing “at a very good pace” according to the Prime Minister. “The goal of reaching 15 million people first-vaccinated by the end of this week and 20 million in mid-May is very much within our reach,” he said.


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