Coronavirus: lifting the health emergency put on the government's table

Published by Alexandre G., Caroline J., Laurent P., Manon C. · Photos by Alexandre G. · Published on 8 April 2021 at 11h54 · Updated on 12 April 2021 at 22h02
As the health emergency is to last until June 1, 2021, the government now intends to put an end to this exceptional system - created in March 2020 to respond to the legal framework related to Covid-19 pandemic stakes. A bill is expected from April 28 in Ministerial Council and to be voted around May 10 at the National Assembly.

How long will the health emergency be? So far, it is expected to last until June 1, 2021. The  extension has been approved by the National Assembly this past January. Deputies voted 113 for and 43 against, but they have shared their concerns and their bitterness against this always-extending scenario.

According to AFP, exiting health emergency is to arrive soon. This is anyway what the government is currently working on - the press agency says after collecting news from consistent parlementarian sources. Therefore, a bill on this very matter is expected for April 28, 2021 in ministerial council. Then, a vote is expected around May 10 at the National Assembly.

For now, the government is still thinking about the right format to pass to exit this exceptional system. For the record, the health emergency enabled the government to implement curfew from 6 p.m., as well as partial lockdowns. A major text for the executive as it allows them to instate never-before-seen and drastic measures to try to curb the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic. According to the same sources, the executive is yet working on the same legal provisions in order to put an end to lockdown and curfew, still on everywhere in France.

For the record, this past November 3, 2020, MEPs were gathered at the National Assembly to vote for the extension of the health emergency in France. Not enough in the hemicycle, LREM MEPs have been beaten by the opposition. The latter passed – during a turbulent session – the extension of the health emergency up to December 14, 2020 and not to February 16, 2021 as the government first wished. The day after, on Wednesday November 4, a new twist in the situation is announced: National Assembly deputies eventually reinstate the deadline of the extension of health emergency to February 16, 2021.

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