Emmanuel Macron stepped back from public life for several months, leaving the floor to Jean Castex and Olivier Véran, when it came to announce new measures or address the epidemic situation in France.
This April, the head of State get the communication reins back: President Macron promised a few days ago he will address the French people when the 100,000-dead threshold is exceeded in France. According to BFMTV, the French President is also considering delivering an address before the end of April to detail live the reopening calendar of places closed to the public.
Museums, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, theaters, zoos, castles, non-necessary stores, show venues, concert venues, theme parks, casinos… Many sectors are impatiently waiting for their government to give them the green light and resume work.
During his latest address, the Head of State promised progressive reopening of places closed so far. The French President intends to bring all activity sectors sleeping for too long back to life by the summer 2021. The reopening calendar is expected to give priority to museums, restaurants, bars, and gyms.
Roselyne Bachelot and Gabriel Attal have been promising for months that museums will be part of the first places allowed to reopen.
This Thursday April 15, Emmanuel Macron is to host a meeting to work on the reopening protocols of all these places closed to the public. This could be a sign normal life is soon to resume in France.
But will ambitions to reopen places open to the public the government has be able to come true?
The number of people who died of Covid-19 quickly increases. Variants are still a serious threat, so much that France has decided to halt flights from and to Brazil. Hospital units are in a critical situation and non-urgent surgeries have been cancelled in many regions.
And yet, France’s European neighbors are more optimistic, or better organized. The United Kingdom progressively reopens all cultural and meeting places, Portugal has reopened museums and café terraces…
Despite uncertainties, the French government keeps on positively looking at the future and staying on track.