Multiple officials said that Castex’s team was struggling to reconcile health and economic imperatives while keeping in mind the environmental objectives that Macron has made a priority for the second part of his mandate. Associated Press, PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday a vast extension of the nightly curfew that is intended to curb the spiraling spread of the coronavirus, saying “the second wave is here.”. What does that mean for U.S. as virus surges? Castex, who has a strong southwestern accent and is also mayor of a small town in the Pyrénées, would play to his strengths and coordinate smoothly with local administrations and officials, so the thinking went. During earlier periods of French history the French head of government was known by different titles. The French government map of all administrative services that will be subject to a Covid-19 curfew from midnight Friday, including those already affected by the measures announced last week. POLITICO’s weekly newsletter on campaigning, lobbying and political influence in the U.K. Log in to access content and manage your profile. If you have a complaint about the editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then please contact the editor here.
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But Castex’s Tour de France apparently did not lead to seamless cooperation with all local officials and the government’s overall strategy came under serious attack in Marseille.
President Emmanuel Macron had to take center stage again last week on public messaging on coronavirus, announcing new measures including curfews in nine of the country’s major cities. The prime minister said the national hospital bed occupancy rate is now at more than 44% percent and that four regions, including Paris, have more than half of their intensive care unit beds filled by COVID-19 patients, including the Paris region. Latest news, analysis and comment from POLITICO’s editors and guest writers on the continent.
When he came to power three months ago, Castex was touted for his experience as a local politician with hands-on operational skills. Several other government ministers joined Castex at the news conference as he prepared much of the nation for a stay-at-home life and the need to wear masks outdoors. Associated Press Castex said those areas are being placed under curfew for preventive reasons. The attack has provoked a strong international rebuke, with US President Donald Trump addressing the killing on Saturday night from a political rally in Janesville, Wisconsin. Health care systems post-COVID 19: Pressing Reset?
France has been using a targeted approach to curb the virus, but some of the regions to go under a curfew have yet to reach alert-level infection rates. While Castex falls in the polls, former Prime Minister Philippe has one of the strongest popularity ratings in the country and makes magazine front covers, which often refer to him with the affectionate nickname “Doudou.”. It posted a photo of the decapitated head minutes after the attack, along with the message: “I have executed one of the dogs from hell who dared to put Muhammad down.”. In-depth reporting, data and actionable intelligence for policy professionals – all in one place. “And now, Castex is the one whose role is to choose between inconveniences,” said Mis. “On behalf of the United States, I’d like to extend my really sincere condolences to a friend of mine, President (Emmanuel) Macron of France, where they just yesterday had a vicious, vicious Islamic terrorist attack — beheading an innocent teacher near Paris,” he said.
ICU beds represent a major challenge, he said, and scheduled operations are being delayed to free up beds. Oct 19 READ MORE: France sticks to school openings despite jump in infections. In a statement from the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC), the office of the general secretary, Yousef al-Othaimeen, reiterated the OIC’s “well-known position of rejecting all forms of extremism, radicalisation and terrorism for any reason or motive”. © 1996 - 2020 NewsHour Productions LLC. Explore the live extension of our journalism, The wonk's survival guide to the EU Green Deal. HP10 9TY | 01676637 | Registered in England & Wales. Press Association 2020. Jean-Michel Mis, an MP from Macron’s La République en Marche (LREM), says the prime minister’s unpopularity is mostly the consequence of him being unknown to the public when he became prime minister in July. “We have had a very efficient lockdown exit, the holidays came and the French collectively thought it was over,” Castex said on France Info, before urging people to pull themselves together. Get involved with the news in your community, This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice. Castex’s problems are also an issue for Macron, who bet on a change of prime minister to reset his presidency. Macron addressed that question in his speech last week, promising a new testing strategy. While the prime minister’s job is known to be a tough one — the holder often takes the heat while the president remains shielded from day-to-day political backlash — several communication mistakes led to a surge of criticism from the opposition and also from government officials. The number of cases of COVID-19 has doubled in France in the past 15 days. “In this context, a solution must be found for easy screening — a question that Jean Castex has found himself unable to answer yet.”. I’ll take it.”.