During the press conference on the health situation that Jean Castex, Prime Minister, held on Thursday, February 25, 2021… no new announcement will have been made. Only Nice and Dunkirk are confined, and always only at weekends. The City of Paris, for its part, wants to lead its own fight and completely reconfigure.
Paris under a bell? Anne Hidalgo’s request
On FranceInfo, Thursday February 25, 2021, the first deputy of the city of Paris, Emmanuel Grégoire, was a little disappointed with the announcements of Jean Castex who, in the end, did not change the situation. 20 departments worry the government, but a decision on weekend containment or other measures will not be announced until March 6, 2021 at best, at a next stage point.
However, Paris, like the majority of Ile-de-France, are part of these risk areas. In the capital, the incidence rate exceeded 300, 1.5 times the national average. It is therefore simple: the municipality wants to put itself under cover. To everyone’s surprise, Emmanuel Grégoire therefore announced that the mayor of Paris will request the establishment of general confinement in his town.
Three weeks confined… to reopen?
Paris will however have to obtain the government’s agreement, which may be complicated. The Parisian elected officials want to confine in order to reopen subsequently, including cultural places or bars. But Jean Castex, during the press conference, seems to have dismissed this idea when he said that the management of the epidemic and the fight against the virus was not so simple and that it was not enough to close everything to get rid of Sars-CoV-2.
On Twitter, on the night of Thursday to Friday, Emmanuel Grégoire even specified that the measure “ would make sense at least on the scale of Ile-de-France “. What to complicate a little more the implementation since it will then be necessary to convince the other elected officials of Ile-de-France.